Current Competitions

The Defence Forces are recruiting in the following areas:

Full-time

Marine Engineering Branch 
Officers of the Engineering Branch of the Naval Service are responsible for the hull and structure of the ship, its main engines and all auxiliary machinery. They are responsible for the main electrical generators, the electrical distribution system, air conditioning, ventilation, heating systems as well as all fuel and water systems. They also manage, lead and train personnel onboard ship. 
Marine Engineering Branch 
A candidate must possess: 
(a) a Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Certificate of Competency (Marine Engineering Officer) Class 1 or 2 with relevant experience. 
(b) a marine qualification that is deemed by the Minister for Defence to be at least equivalent to the qualifications at subparagraph (a) above. 
 
*IMPORTANT NOTICE* It is the candidate's sole responsibility to enter their email address correctly when completing the application form. The candidate will receive an acknowledgement within 48 hours of submitting the online application. If a candidate does not receive an acknowledgement within the time, the candidate must inform Competitions Office within 72hours of applying by emailing recruitment@defenceforces.ie Candidates should be aware that some email providers filter @defenceforces.ie into junk/spam folders

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Careers Information

Applications forms for entry into the Defence Forces are only available through the online application form on this site.

The online application form for enlistment is only available when recruitment competitions are open.

There is NO access to the online application form when recruitment is closed.

Reserve Defence Forces

The Defence Forces are NOT accepting applications the Reserve Forces at this time.

Please Note:

Application forms for entry into the Defence Forces are only available through the online application form on this site.

The online application form for enlistment is only available when recruitment competitions are open. There is NO access to the online application form when recruitment is closed.

Applications Through Irish

To make an application through Irish send an email to recruitment@defenceforces.ie to request an application form.