The latest recruitment campaign aims to attract more female candidates.

The Defence Forces’ latest recruitment campaign is specifically targeting more females to enlist, and will be using social media channels, digital advertisements and information programmes for women as part of its latest recruitment drive.

With women accounting for just over six per cent of Defence Forces personnel, the Government has now undertaken to increase female participation at all ranks.

Overall there are plans to recruit just over 600 general service personnel to the Permanent Defence Force in 2016 and an additional 850 personnel in 2017.

The Government is committed to maintaining the stabilised strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel, and it is also proposed to continue with outreach initiatives (established in 2014/2015) which seeks to engage with minority communities and new citizens.

These measures include the presence of the Defence Forces at citizenship days and direct contact with community groups in order to raise awareness and highlight career opportunities.

Initiatives established in 2014/2015 continue to develop through active engagement with organisations such as GLEN (Gay, Lesbian, Equality Network) in order to promote the Defence Forces as an employer. Applicants are required to complete physical fitness and interview assessments.

Recruitment competitions will be run through a centralised online application system here