Defence Forces recruitment drive – as it begins a major drive for new recruits, Clare Senator Martin Conway has suggested that young people in Clare should consider a career in the Defence Forces.

Minister Paul Kehoe has announced that the Defence Forces are seeking 860 new entrants across the army, air corps and naval services, including general service recruits, apprentices and cadets. According to the Minister, there are significant opportunities for young people to serve their country with a unique career opportunity that offers first class training.

Senator Martin Conway commented, “I strongly encourage young men and women in Clare 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 opportunities for travel and personal fulfilment.”

Senator Conway said he is particularly pleased that this year’s recruitment drive is focused on diversity, and the need for increased participation from women and the different ethnic groups and nationals. He added, “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 commitment to maintaining the strength level of the Defence Forces, incorporating the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps, at 9,500 personnel.  In 2016 recruitment to the Defence Forces reached a record high with an intake of 690 personnel, so we are going even higher this year, giving more young people in Clare the opportunity to serve their country. I strongly encourage them to apply at www.military.ie.”