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Irish Defence Forces to recruit 1,450 new staff

The 2016 campaign will specifically target increased female recruitment.

THE DEFENCE FORCES is looking to recruit 1,450 people over the next two years.

It plans to induct 600 general service personnel to the Permanent Defence Forces this year, with an additional 850 next year.

Female recruitment in particular is being targeted this year, with just over 6% of personnel at the moment being women.

The Minister for Defence Simon Coveney said, “In the White Paper, the government undertook to increase female participation at all ranks.

“I am committed to achieving that and the recruitment campaign we are launching today represents the first step on that journey.”

He said the new staff will rejuvenate the defence forces and added that the government is committed to maintaining 9,500 personnel.

The Defence Forces is committed to full equality among all its personnel irrespective of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

“I would encourage anyone who has an interest in serving in the Armed Forces to go online to the Defence Forces Website or to contact their local barracks to get further information.”

Applicants for recruitment to the Permanent Defence Forces will be required to complete physical fitness and interview assessments. The recruitment competitions will be run through a centralised online application system on the Defence Forces Website.

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