Recruitment Campaign – Curragh Camp 2023.

The current recruitment campaign is for recruits who will complete their training in the Curragh Camp and will also be stationed in the Curragh after they have qualified as a 2 and 3 Star Private.

The initial training is for 12 weeks with a further 12 weeks training required to progress. (6 months in total).

The intake of new recruits is scheduled for April 2023 and as all recruits require Garda Vetting, applications should be submitted online before mid February 2023.

Below are links for general information and the application link on the Curragh recruitment campaign, information on what level of fitness is required and information on the fitness test that applicants will need to pass. Included also: a link for candidates to practice the aptitude test and a link to the current rates of pay, with some frequently asked questions for your information.

There are a number of public information sessions planned for the county and will be advertised on County Kildare Leader Partnerships social media platforms as the dates are announced.


Current Competitions – Defence Forces (

Defence Forces Fitness Testing – Defence Forces (

Practice Aptitude Tests

Defence Forces Rates of Pay – Defence Forces (

Who can apply for enlistment into the Defence Forces?

  • Irish Citizens

  • A Refugee under the Refugee Act 1996

  • Nationals of EEA States, i.e. The European Economic Area consists of the member states of the European Union along with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

  • An applicant shall ensure that he or she has the lawful entitlement to reside in the State for the period of service provided for in section 53 of the Defence Act 1954 i.e. the term of original enlistment which is 12 years. This 12 year period can comprise of 5 years in the Permanent Defence Force and 7 years in the Reserve Defence Force for general service recruits.

What circumstances would make a person ineligible for enlistment?

There are a number of situations that would make a person ineligible for enlistment in the Permanent and Reserve Defence Forces. Some examples of these are: –

  • A person discharged from the Defence Forces (Permanent or Reserve) or the Military, Naval Police or Air Service of any other country or state because of misconduct or as a result of being found medically unfit

  • Persons belonging to An Garda Síochána

  • A person convicted by a civil court of a serious offence

  • A person in receipt of a disability pension

  • A person undergoing an apprenticeship

  • An asylum seeker

·       I have tattoos can I join the Defence Forces?

  • Tattoos which appear above the collar of shirt will prohibit entry to the Defence Forces.