Young people should consider a career in the Defence Forces as recruitment begins again in earnest. That’s according to Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton, who is highlighting a major recruitment drive announced recently by his colleague the Minister for Defence, Paul Kehoe TD.

“In 2016, recruitment to the Defence Forces reached a record high with an intake of 690 personnel, and we are going even higher this year with the Defence Forces targeting an intake of 860 personnel, across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service”, noted Minister Stanton.

“The Defence Forces are looking for general service recruits, apprentices and cadets and I strongly encourage young men and women to consider this exciting opportunity. There is no greater honour than to serve your country, and for many young people this recruitment drive could be the start of a fantastic career, with first class training, and opportunities for travel and personal fulfilment.

“As Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, I am really pleased that this year’s recruitment drive is focused on diversity, and in particular the need for increased participation from women and the different ethnic groups and nationals in our country’s Defence Forces. Minister Kehoe is overseeing a welcoming and engaging workplace environment for all in the Defence Forces, irrespective of gender, creed, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

“The recruitment drive is part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to maintaining the strength level of the Defence Forces, incorporating the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps, at 9,500 personnel.

“As a former member of the Reserve Defence Forces, I have some experience of the high standard of training offered by the Defence Forces so I would strongly encourage any young person interested in serving their country to go apply at”