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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.

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In Summary - Army Cadet - Defence Forces

An Army Cadet trains to join the commissioned ranks as an Army officer, who essentially is the leader within the PDF. They provide leadership and management within the camp.

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Army Cadet - Defence Forcess typically work in the following Career Sectors:

The Defence Forces
Security, Defence & Law Enforcement

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Keith Lynch, Private (Line)

Keith completed his Leaving Cert in St. Olivers Community College, and continued on to Dundalk Institute of Technology to study Business Management. He chose to joint the Army towards the end of his stay in college, and applied for entry as a graduate.

Louise Mc Donald, Private (Line)

Louise comes from a military background and always felt she would like to join the army. She completed her Leaving Cert before joining, and has completed several additional courses as part of her training.

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The Work - Army Cadet - Defence Forces

In addition to the three territorial Brigade areas, the Defence Forces also maintains the Defence Forces Training Centre at the Curragh Camp in which the principal training installations and logistical support units are based. Along with the Air Corps and Naval Service, there are nine Army Corps, such as the Infantry Corps, Artillery Corps, Cavalry Corps and Engineering Corps. Each Corps has a designated military task, the specialised nature of which offers the young officer the opportunity of a career in a particular sphere.  
The Army has at its disposal a wide array of modern equipment and weaponry ranging from modern armoured personnel carriers to the personal weapon of the Irish soldier - the 5.56mm Steyr rifle.  

The role of the Defence Forces, as approved by the Government is: -  

  • to aid the civil power that is assisting the Garda Siochana, including the protection of the internal security of the State,
  • to defend the State against armed aggression,
  • to participate in United Nations missions in the cause of international peace,
  • to provide a fishery protection service in accordance with the State's obligations as a member of the European Community 

Other duties, such as search and rescue, air ambulance service, Ministerial air transport service and assisting at emergencies and maintaining essential services, may be assigned from time to time.

Interests - Army Cadet - Defence Forces

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.


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.


The attributes of a good Cadet include the ability to make good decisions in stressful situations, an interest in physical fitness and a sound understanding of military tactics. Important personal qualities also include: 

  • The ability to plan, prioritise and organise.
  • The ability to analyse problems, in order to generate appropriate solutions.
  • Clear, concise and effective communication skills.
  • The ability to motivate others and work with a team.

Army Cadets must have the ability to do all of the above while working in a physically demanding and high pressure environment. The Officer must also be in good health and be physically fit. At the time of application they must be between 17 and 28 years and meet certain physical and psychological standards. They must be citizens of Ireland or appropriate nationals. Candidates must have security clearance and lawfully reside in Ireland.

Entry Requirements - Army Cadet - Defence Forces

Pay & Salary - Army Cadet - Defence Forces

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €16k - €25k

Data Source(s):

Last Updated: April, 2015

* 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 Cadet - Defence Forces

This occupational group includes army personnel, fire and prison service officers. No shortages have been identified for this occupation.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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