Joining up from the Republic

#1
Hi, I recently turned 18 and finished school last month and was wondering are there any extra hurdles I have to jump through if I want to join as an Irish citizen living in Ireland? Thanks.

P.S. I searched and couldn't find any recent info.


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#2
No.im joining from the south aswell.everything is the same process as England.You just have to drive up north to do your interviews,selection etc
 

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#3
You'll have to pass a security vetting too.
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#6
What does the security vetting entail?


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That would be telling. But if CIRA/RIRA or any of that ilk float your boat don't expect to be donning PCS anytime soon.
 
#8
joining from ireland is easy enough. im only at final interview stage btw
 
#11
No it's not we are just recruiting smaller numbers (same as the British Army), have a smaller army (same as the British Army) and have high demand (same as most jobs in Ireland).

only 3 people got taken into the irish airforce last year...
 
#12
10,000 people applied for the Irish Army (Defense Force) last June, and 600 people got places. They're recruiting again soon but only for the people got are on the panel, waiting list of succesfull candidates who didn't get into training but passed all phases, and there's about 300 of them. So they arent even taking applicants, the army is a joke. It's a boys club for who knows who and then you're in.
 
#13
Good luck to you pal. What unit do you fancy?
 
#14
10,000 people applied for the Irish Army (Defense Force) last June, and 600 people got places.
Yep, sounds like pretty impossible odds. Join the Brits - you'll have a great time (even with the Army changes coming).

Everyone joining the Army fills out various forms about their background. From your perspective the extra security check means you'll need to fill in an extra one with details on your overseas contacts, family etc. No big deal really.

Good luck with your application.
 
#15
only 3 people got taken into the irish airforce last year...
I assume you mean the Irish Air Corps. There may have been 3 cadets!

10,000 people applied for the Irish Army (Defense Force) last June, and 600 people got places. They're recruiting again soon but only for the people got are on the panel, waiting list of succesfull candidates who didn't get into training but passed all phases, and there's about 300 of them. So they arent even taking applicants, the army is a joke. It's a boys club for who knows who and then you're in.
With you on everything expect the last 2 sentences
 
#16
With you on everything expect the last 2 sentences
Just saying from what I've seen, I went for the selection and got in. A guy there had a tattoo on his neck and got rejected. Three weeks later he was there, because his dad is a sergeant major.

Another guy who was an all ireland boxer, extremely fit and motivated had all the aspects of a soldier failed medical because of his hearing, but a guy I personaly know that I went to school with who has terrible eye sight and failed his medical got in because his uncle is in the Irish Defense Forces and had a word with the medical staff, which he told me. "Its not what you know its who you know" is a common saying in the Irish Defense Forces.
 
#17
There have been a long series of threads based on this question in the military section of boards.ie - many responders are Irish AND already in the British Army, and they speak a lot of sense and give good advice.

MY advice, take it or leave it, is to talk to the recruiting office in Belfast and take it from there. They are well used to answering anything that you might have to ask, having heard it all before. Depending on your area of interest, the Royal Irish or the Irish Guards are NOT the only choice for a citizen of the Irish Republic. The rules about joining from the RoI are the same ones that govern any member of a Commonwealth nation who wishes to join - this is the statement on the British Army website.

I suggest that you look at it.

tac
 
#18
Irish Army also has an age limit of 25 where as the Brits is 32 for most jobs.I have selection in Belfast in 2 weeks.Got held up a bit in the changing over of the application process but its moving fairly fast now.
 
#19
good luck Rutts we had a a few lads from the south that served in our regiment all top guys and politics never reared its head although it was before the troubles
 
#20
Irish Army also has an age limit of 25 where as the Brits is 32 for most jobs.I have selection in Belfast in 2 weeks.Got held up a bit in the changing over of the application process but its moving fairly fast now.
when did you have your final interview... also what reg you joining? cheers
 

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