Published on Friday24thFebruary2017

Major Recruitment drive for the Defence Forces Announced


Defence Minister Paul Kehoe today announced a major recruitment drive for the Defence Forces for 2017. The recruitment campaign is part of the Government’s commitment to maintaining the strength level of the Defence Forces, incorporating the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps, at 9,500 personnel.   

Speaking today Minister Kehoe said:

The 2017 Defence Forces recruitment drive is extremely significant, targeting an intake of 860 personnel, including general service recruits, apprentices and cadets.  It opens up significant opportunities, across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, for young people to serve their country as members of Óglaigh na hÉireann.  For each individual, it also offers a unique career opportunity and first class training.   

It is vital that we continue to recruit young men and women to both maintain the strength level and military capability and to ensure fresh thinking.  I would encourage any young person who is currently thinking about his or her future career to consider the opportunities available in the Defence Forces and ‘Join our Team’.    

The Minister went on to speak about the importance of diversity in the Defence Forces, and the need for increased participation from women and the different ethnic groups and nationals now in the State.  The planned target is to induct approximately 860 new entrants to the Defence Forces across all services and competition streams in 2017.  

The first of these competition streams, general enlistment, is now open on the Defence Forces website at