In Summary - Army Recruit
Army Recruits typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Army Recruit
On completion of training, the Recruit becomes a Three Star Private and is assigned to a Unit within the Permanent Defence Forces:
Provides the main strength of the Defence Forces in the form of Battalions deployed throughout the State. Troops in the Infantry Corps are operational soldiers and may be deployed to any location at short notice along with members of the Artillery and Cavalry Corps.
Provides air support for the Defence Forces and has at its disposal a range of modern aircraft in order to carry out this function. In addition the Corps provides search and rescue (S&R) cover ministerial and air transport services.
Provides Fire Support for the Infantry and ground to air defence.
The Cavalry Corps:
Equipped with armour to carry out its main role of patrolling and protecting the infantry.
The Supply and Transport Corps:
Is responsible for planning and carrying out the movement of troops, and then keeping them supplied with everything from ammunition to food.
Provides and maintains the communication systems that allow for command and control of the Defence Forces.
The Ordnance Corps:
Has responsibility for maintaining all weapons and equipment. This Corps also carries out bomb disposal.
The Engineer Corps:
Is responsible for all combat engineering and general engineering matters within the Defence Forces.
The Military Police Corps:
Provides an internal police service for the Defence Forces.
The Medical Corps:
Has responsibility for maintaining health and preventing disease in the Defence Forces and providing treatment for its sick and wounded.
Interests - Army Recruit
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
The Army Recruit needs to be efficient, hard working, and enthusiastic and be able to work well within a team. He/she should be in good health and physically fit.
Entry Requirements - Army Recruit
Pay & Salary - Army Recruit
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 18k - 28k
Last Updated: April, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Labour Market Updates - Army Recruit
This occupational group includes army personnel, fire and prison service officers. No shortages have been identified for this occupation.
National Skills Bulletin 2018