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Irish
30th March 2016, 16:46
What are your own views?

Flamingo
30th March 2016, 18:15
Do you prefer beer or wine? :biggrin:

na grohmiti
30th March 2016, 19:07
Chicken or beef.

AC182
30th March 2016, 19:56
Very different. Each has their faults and merits. Advantages and disadvantages.

How long is a piece of string

Irish
30th March 2016, 20:38
I just considering when one is older and not as fit as u used to be would u prefer a "comfortable" officer desk job and sacrifice being one of the lads or join as a private, have the craic with ur comrades but would u envy an officers job when ur older

Irish
30th March 2016, 20:53
Too young for the current cadet competition. Deciding should I apply as a recruit or wait, work or college while doing RDF and apply next year. What r your opinions?

DeV
30th March 2016, 22:49
There are 2 downsides I can think of being an officer:
- getting moved every 2 or 3 years
- you have to be the responsible adult

Irish
30th March 2016, 23:11
Also what are the chances of receiving a cadetship or recruit place.

terrier
31st March 2016, 01:10
Too young for the current cadet competition. Deciding should I apply as a recruit or wait, work or college while doing RDF and apply next year. What r your opinions?

My opinion is that you're most likely taking the piss.

HavocIRL
31st March 2016, 03:28
Too young for the current cadet competition. Deciding should I apply as a recruit or wait, work or college while doing RDF and apply next year. What r your opinions?

How old are you?

Irish
31st March 2016, 06:54
18 in June. N the RDF

X-RayOne
31st March 2016, 09:24
if you really are serious about wanting to join the DF (and making it a career) apply for both.

It's unlikely they will be advertised at same time but apply for both regardless. If cadets come up first go through the process until stopped or successful. If recruits come up first do the same. If you enter training and get a cadet sppot after, you will be able to move across to cadet training. Similarly, if in the cadet process and unsuccessful, if having applied for recruit training you can start that when it comes up.

If you go the recruit route and are serving you can always apply for cadets in any future competition also.

Do your research for both, especially officer/cadet roles and training. There's a lot more involved and expected of candidates in the officer selection process. Don't be ignorant of these and what they mean if you are commissioned.

DeV
31st March 2016, 11:07
If you are under 18, you are also currently too young to join the RDF BTW.

I look at it this way, when going for a cadetship you could well be competing for a place with people who are RDF NCOs with a lot of experience and Masters degrees or PDF privates with a degree and a trip overseas. If it comes down to the last 2 places (against a school leaver who is a RDF recruit and/or starting a degree, who do you think will lose out?).

To illustrate how competitive it is to get a cadetship, there were 1826 applications for cadetships in 2014 - there were only 42 places. And not all of them will pass the tests and be awarded a commission.

Not to be personal or put you off but my advice is get into a good degree and join the RDF when you turn 18.

Best of luck

GoneToTheCanner
31st March 2016, 12:33
1826 for 42? is that all? Aer Lingus; 2000+ for 12 pilot cadetships...

X-RayOne
31st March 2016, 17:12
1826 for 42? is that all? Aer Lingus; 2000+ for 12 pilot cadetships...

http://passiveclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/showmethemoneynow.jpg

Battletour
31st March 2016, 17:33
My opinion is that you're most likely taking the piss.

Or just as likely haven't a clue what you are talking about or what the military is all about.

Irish
31st March 2016, 21:22
Awaiting medical

Irish
5th April 2016, 00:51
Appreciate the info