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    Quote Originally Posted by F_M View Post
    And yet there are quite a few NS cap badges being worn by those in the Army...
    Have only ever seen it once, to be fair - on the beret of a Reservist from the then W Bde
    Stared at it for at least two minutes wondering what the hell was different about the picture - then realised the badge was smaller
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    Defence Forces Recruitment 2014


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    I really wish they would change the music and upload at a higher quality

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    Quote Originally Posted by F_M View Post
    I really wish they would change the music...
    what he said. grates me everytime now.
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    The potatovision video quality is worse than the music. The videos are filmed with HD cameras.
    Everyone who's ever loved you was wrong.

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    1,375 hopefuls apply for 80 Naval Service vacancies



    A total of 1,375 applicants have applied for 80 recruit vacancies in the Naval Service, showing a career on the ocean waves is becoming a popular choice for young people.

    It means there are 17 applicants for every position.

    The announcement was made yesterday as another batch of recruits attended their passing-out parade.

    “It is hoped to take on the 80 new recruits this year. After training they will take up positions in either the seamen’s branch, mechanics, communications or logistics,” a Naval Service spokesman said.

    The Officer Commanding Naval Operations Command, Captain Dave Barry, took the salute yesterday at the Haulbowline parade ground from the 15 young men passing out from Recruit Class ‘King’.

    Their class was named after the two-time Congressional Medal of Honour recipient, John King, an Irishman who distinguished himself in service with the US Navy.



    King, who was born in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, in 1865, received the first medal for heroism in 1901 while fighting in Philippine-American War and followed it with a second eight years later for fighting a fire in the boiler room of the USS Salem.

    He died in 1938 in Arkansas and a destroyer was named after him in 1961.

    A statute of King was unveiled by the Government in Ballinrobe four years ago.

    Two recruits who were educated at Mayfield Community School were presented with awards after passing out yesterday.

    David O’Keeffe won the best kit award, while Ryan Nicholls was judged best overall recruit. The award for best shot was given to Kevin Dunphy from Newbawn, Co Wexford.


    Captain Dave Barry presenting Kieran Burke, Passage West, Co Cork, with his award for best overall direct entry.

    An additional nine people also passed out yesterday as part of the Naval Service’s direct entry to specific technical positions.

    Each possesses a mechanical qualification such as mechanical engineering or a heavy vehicle mechanic. They were recruited to fulfil engineering roles in the Naval Service and upon completion of the initial induction and leadership course will become engine room fitters.

    l Meanwhile, the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf is scheduled to arrive in Cobh on Sunday, April 13.

    According to the US embassy, the visit is designed to strengthen maritime partnerships with European nations in order to enhance regional stability. The warship will not be open to the public, but will host a reception for government and military officials.
    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...s-265050.html#

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    10,000 apply for 400 Defence Forces openings

    Military keen to modernise with efforts to recruit more women and ethnic minorities



    SERVING THE COUNTRY: Army recruit Aisling Byrne has wanted a military career since she was a young girl

    Nearly 10,000 people have applied for just 400 new jobs in the Defence Forces, the Sunday Independent has learned.

    The Department of Defence has been swamped with applications for permanent and reserve forces positions in the army and navy.

    Applications closed last week for the second major recruitment drive by the Defence Forces. In 2012, 10,460 people applied for 600 posts in the army and navy.

    In this drive, a total of 9,441 have applied for 400 jobs so it will be even harder to get selected this time round.

    Defence Minister Alan Shatter sanctioned the new posts in order to ensure that the army, navy and air corps maintains its "objective strength" of 9,500 personnel as the Defence Forces engages in its largest-ever multinational peacekeeping operations in 14 countries around the world.

    But such has been the interest in the two recruitment drives that the State could have totally replaced its complement twice over with new recruits wanting the army and navy life.

    The new posts are also intended to fill the gap as the number dropped to 9,200 personnel in January.

    But the military also wants to modernise the force in keeping with Ireland's changing demographics and is putting a particular emphasis on recruiting more women and people of different ethnic backgrounds, a spokesman said. While there are more than 550 serving female members, they represent just 6.5 per cent of the entire Defence Forces, while ethnic minorities are even less represented.

    But for recent recruit Aisling Byrne, 21, from Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, they were preaching to the converted.

    The former karate champion, who has 18 Irish, nine world rankings and one world title under her black belt, knew from the age of 13 that she was destined for a career in the military, even though she amassed enough points in her Leaving Cert exams to be offered a place studying law at DCU.

    Despite the exciting opportunities and financial rewards of a career in the legal profession, she regarded it as a second career choice and was delighted when her application to join the army during the last recruitment drive in 2012 was accepted.

    "It suited me down to the ground," she said.


    "I'm an active, practical person and I much prefer doing something with my hands instead of sitting at a desk all day," she said.

    "During Transition Year I decided that this is what I wanted to do."

    She was speaking to the Sunday Independent just minutes after getting off a convoy back from a 24-hour survival training course in the Glen of Imaal in the Wicklow Mountains.

    "They taught us how to skin animals for food without getting sick and how to build a shelter using just sticks and stones," she said.

    As the only female recruit in her platoon to complete her training as a second-star private last month, Ms Byrne is now eagerly anticipating her ongoing training as a third-star private attached to the 1 Mechanised Company based at the Defence Forces' training centre at the Curragh camp in Co Kildare. Only once that leg of her training is complete in May will she become a fully-fledged soldier.

    Along with participating in live-fire tactical training, including launching grenades and taking part in arms drills and "fancy ways of holding weapons", the company, formerly known as B Company, 3rd Battalion, routinely takes part in security duties and escorting cash-in-transit drivers.

    But it's the chance to serve overseas that helps motivate Ms Byrne through the gruelling training period.

    "There's nothing easy about becoming a soldier," she said.

    "There is danger but I have no problem with it.

    "It can take up to two or three years to get properly trained but I'm really hoping to get posted to Lebanon or Syria," she said.
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    As usual, the RDF side of it is nearly forgotten. 500 recruits for the RDF doesn't get mentioned.

    And the headline doesn't apply for the RDF. From what I am hearing, they are nowhere near close to hitting the 500 recruit mark.

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    Anybody got anything on zany more RDF Rec 2014, it looks like more units need to dip again
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    Quote Originally Posted by trellheim View Post
    Anybody got anything on zany more RDF Rec 2014, it looks like more units need to dip again
    Dip again?

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    Go back to the pot , request more etc
    "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    Not enough successful applicants?

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    In fairness, its hard to get the cap badge to sit correctly as they no longer issue the correct size badge. Army cap badges are used these days and they are too big.
    Cap badges issued are too big for the white hat
    As they were in the past but still not allowed to encroach on the tally

    bend the cap slightly , lifts the brim, badge will fit.

    Do you know the specs of the new issued kit?????
    No but I can get it off E tenders if you want it!

    If the collars are too big , get them tailored. A good tailor could reduce the collar to the correct size without bother.

    Don't go blaming the uniform when the wearers can do something done about it if they try.

    there were 60 of us passed out together, there were no cap badges in stores, they wanted us to pass out without cap badges. Some guys had their own and put them up, holes in caps, couldn't pass out like that so 60 cap bages were found for the passing out!

    The same with gaiters , just takes some effort.
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    Answer in DAIL Tuesday 24th June 2014

    Defence Forces Recruitment

    Question 399. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Defence his plans for a further recruitment drive in the Defence Forces later this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26838/14]

    The Taoiseach: The Government is committed to maintaining the stabilised strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel, comprising of 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service. I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 31 May 2014, the latest date for which details are available, was 9,089, comprising, 7,324 Army, 762 Air Corps and, 1,003 Naval Service personnel.

    Targeted recruitment has been, and is currently, taking place so as to maintain the level of 9,500 personnel and to ensure the ongoing deployable capacity of the Defence Forces on operations. To this end, a new general service recruitment competition was launched in March 2014. From this competition the Defence Forces plan to induct up to 400 personnel to the Permanent Defence Force (both Army and Navy) and up to 500 personnel to the Reserve Defence Force (both Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve). It is also planned to award 40 Cadetships and to recruit up to 20 Apprentice Trainee Technicians to the Air Corps.

    Targeted recruitment will continue in 2015 from the new recruitment panels to be formed from the current competition for the Permanent Defence Force. It is planned that these panels will remain in place until they are exhausted in 2015. In relation to recruitment to the Reserve Defence Force, it is expected that panels currently in place may be exhausted this year. There are no plans for a further recruitment campaign in the Defence Forces this year.

    With the support of the Chief of Staff and within the resources available, I intend to retain the capacity of the Defence Forces to operate effectively across all roles and to undertake the tasks laid down by Government both at home and overseas.

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    What is the Upper age limit for a Reserve commision?
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    Quote Originally Posted by longshot View Post
    What is the Upper age limit for a Reserve commision?
    34, if memory serves me correctly - same as the upper limit for enlistment in the Reserve
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    Quote Originally Posted by longshot View Post
    What is the Upper age limit for a Reserve commision?
    Under 35 (45 if you have a degree but that's a bit of a grey area) on the date of the Bde/NS interview

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    2nd competition advertised

    Closing date 14 Nov 14

    http://www.candidatemanager.net/CM/M...a=0iT+rf2ap2U=

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    Hello All,

    Many veterans are looking to work in the oil and gas industry upon finishing their duty. I have found that the best way to get started in the oil and gas industry is to begin by having a look at an oil & gas specific job board and seeing which roles are available. In my opinion, it's important to use a job board as you maximize the number of jobs in one place, and avoid missing any great opportunities...saves you time endlessly scanning the internet for the best jobs! The oil & gas job board at the moment with the most jobs listed is www.oilandgasbestjobs.com so it may be worth giving that a try as a starting point. Once you have a good idea of the type of jobs which are available for your skills, tailor your resume to emphasize the points which would be relevant. Then simply start sending your resume off for the jobs you like the look of (you just need to register/upload your CV once and you can apply for as many jobs as you like).

    I hope this helps!



    Charlotte Myers
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    Cadetships have started now but I'm having trouble signing up, is it only for serving members?

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