Looking for adventure? Looking for a challenge?

The Irish Naval Service is recruiting now

The Naval Service is the State’s principal seagoing agency with a general responsibility to meet contingent and maritime defence requirements. 

It is tasked with a variety of defence roles include defending territorial seas, deterring intrusive or aggressive acts, conducting maritime surveillance, maintaining an armed naval presence, ensuring right of passage, protecting marine assets and contributing to a blockade if required.

Who do we want?

The Naval Service is currently recruiting across a range of disciplines and are looking for motivated, physically fit and team orientated individuals who are a minimum of 18 years of age and under 27 years of age on the date deemed as closing date for applications for General Service Recruits or under the age limit as per the terms and conditions for the technical careers within the organisation that are currently being recruited for. 

What does a career in the Naval Service offer?

A life less ordinary, where no two days are ever the same. A challenging and unique working environment, where you learn skills that are transferable across the spectrum. The Naval Service offer a wide range of courses for continual professional development with pathways to third level education and other roles.

Life at sea is at all times varied. Naval Service personnel regardless of rank and branch are much valued members of the ships crew. If you are interested in a career at sea, as part of a dynamic, professional and highly motivated team, then the Naval Service is for you. Our personnel are our most important asset and the Naval Service is committed to providing you with an interesting, rewarding and challenging career.

The Naval Service is currently recruiting in the following areas:

Naval Service General Service Recruit:

Recruits are trained in basic military training, foot drill, arms drill, weapons and tactical training. Naval Service Recruits go on to form the backbone of the Irish Naval Service. 

Recruit training is 22 weeks in duration and is designed to develop a physically fit, disciplined and motivated individual using basic military and naval skills in order to prepare them for their future in the Service. 

On successful completion of Recruit training, the Recruit advances to Able Rate where they proceed into one of the Naval Service four Branches which consist of Seaman’s, Communications, Mechanicians and Supplies. 

Branch Training gives them the specialised skills required to fulfil their role at sea and ashore. After this initial specialisation training, the Able Rate proceeds to sea and takes up an appointment on board one of our ships. There are no formal education qualifications required to join the Defence Forces as a recruit.

Naval Service Direct Entry Technicians: 

Candidates for the below vacancies must be a minimum of 18 years of age and less than 29 years of age on the date of their application. Candidates for the below vacancies must meet the minimum education qualifications as laid down in the terms and conditions for each of the respective vacancies. Successful candidates for the below vacancies will receive full military and on the job training prior to taking up the respective vacancy on board a ship. 

• Direct Entry Radio Radar Technician

As a Radio Radar Technician (RRT) within the Irish Naval Service you will be responsible for the Installation, Operation, Maintenance and Repair of all Navigation and Communications equipment on board.

• Direct Entry Carpenter/Hull Artificer

As a Hull Artificer within the Irish Naval Service you will become an essential part of the ships maintenance team onboard. 

• Direct Entry Engine Room Artificer

As an Engine Room Artificer Technicians (Marine/Mechanical), you will become an integral part of the maintenance team providing technical support on board the Naval service Fleet. 

• Direct Entry Electrical Articifer

As an Electrical Artificer within the Irish Naval Service, you will be responsible for the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of all electrical/electronic equipment on board. 

• Direct Entry Chef

As a Chef within the Naval Service you will become an essential part of the Logistic Team providing nourishment and supporting the ships company through various roles on board, 

Naval Service Officers

Candidates for the below vacancies must be a minimum of 18 years of age and be less than 32 years of age on 31 December in the year of application. Candidates for the below vacancies must meet the minimum education qualifications as laid down in the terms and conditions for each of the respective vacancies. 

• Direct Entry Operations Branch Officers

Operations Branch Officers of the Naval Service are responsible for the efficient running of the ship. The Operations Branch Officers responsibilities include Bridge Watchkeeping, where they are responsible for the safe navigation of the ship and safety of the ships company along with the weapons and communications systems on-board. Operations Branch Officers also lead boarding teams in fishery protection and anti drug running boarding operations and are therefore prime leaders and motivators of the ship’s company.

• Direct Entry Marine Engineering Officer

A Marine Engineering Officer in the Naval Service is responsible for the hull and structure of the ship, its main engines and all auxiliary machinery. 

They are responsible for the main electrical generators, the electrical distribution system, air conditioning, ventilation, heating systems as well as all fuel and water systems. They also manage, lead and train personnel on-board ship.