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The Defence Forces

The Defence Forces

The Irish Defence Forces are made up of the Permanent Defence Force and the Reserve Defence Force. The three branches of the Permanent Defence Force are the Army, the Air Corps and the Naval Service. Building a career in each branch involves slightly different steps.

The primary routes are entering as a cadet, recruit or as a specialist; for example technical roles, musicians or medical personal. There are two rank structures within the permanent defence forces:

  • Commissioned Ranks – are officers, those who lead the defence forces. People entering the commissioned ranks are taken on as an Officer Cadet.
  • Enlisted Personnel Ranks -are the rank and file of the permanent defence forces, upon completion of training they become Privates (Ptes) in the Army, Able Seamen in the Naval Service or Airmen / Airwomen in the Air Corps. As an enlisted personal you can rise to a non-commissioned officer and there is a route to the commissioned ranks.

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Defence Forces
Defence Forces

Occupations in The Defence Forces
(sorted by Job Zone)

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.

Naval Recruit
Enlists in the naval service as a member of a crew with specific naval duties.
Naval Service Cadet - Deck

Enlists in the Defence Forces Naval Service to train as an Executive Officer.

Air Corps Apprentice

Employed by the Irish Air Corps to learn a specialist skill or trade relevant to the efficient running of the Corps.

Air Corps Cadet - Pilot

Enlists in the Air Corps to train as a pilot flying both conventional and combat aircraft.

Army Apprentice

Employed by the Irish Army to learn a specialist skill or trade relevant to the efficient running of the army.

Army Recruit

Enlists in the Irish Army to train as a soldier.

Naval Service Cadet - Engineering

Enlists in the Defence Forces Naval Service to train as a Marine Engineering Officer.