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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Defence Forces want women 'to join our team'

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe said the campaign would target an intake of 860 personnel, including general service recruits, apprentices and cadets Photo: Frank McGrath
Defence Minister Paul Kehoe said the campaign would target an intake of 860 personnel, including general service recruits, apprentices and cadets Photo: Frank McGrath
Tom Brady

Tom Brady

More than 800 new jobs in the Defence Forces have been announced with a special focus on increasing the number of women and "new Irish" into the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service.

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe said the campaign would target an intake of 860 personnel, including general service recruits, apprentices and cadets.

"This recruitment campaign is extremely significant as it opens up opportunities across the three services for young people to serve their country as members of Óglaigh na hÉireann and also offers a unique career and first class training," he said.

Mr Kehoe said the campaign would build upon the successes of last year when recruitment reached a historic high, with an intake of 690 personnel, including the largest cadet class in the history of the State.

The aim is to bring back up the strength of the Defence Forces to the sanctioned level of 9,500.

"It is vital that we continue to recruit young men and women to maintain the strength level and military capability and to ensure fresh thinking," he said.

He encouraged young people to "join our team".

Irish Independent

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