Defence Forces Recruitment Campaign Launched

A new recruitment campaign has been launched for the Permanent Defence Forces, by Minister for Defence Simon Coveney.

The Defence Forces plan to induct just over 600 general service personnel to the Permanent Defence Force in 2016 and a further 850 personnel in 2017.

Launching the recruitment campaign today, the Minister said: "This planned recruitment over 2016/17 will enable us to rejuvenate our Defence Forces with the induction of young, enthusiastic and committed men and women. The Government is committed to maintaining the stabilised strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel and this current campaign will enable us to do that."

The new recruitment campaign is designed to attract enthusiastic and committed men and women from all backgrounds and ethnicities to a career in the Defence Forces.

"With the changes in the makeup of Ireland’s population, it is important that we raise awareness and attract recruits from all backgrounds, so that our Defence Forces reflect the society that they serve," the Minister added.


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