YOUNG people who are fascinated by weapons and military have a chance to become members of the Irish Navy.
The Defence Forces is now recruiting for the Naval Service, after the launch of the recruitment competition on Friday by Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett.
He said: "The Naval Service offers a rewarding career that is an opportunity to receive excellent training and education that will stand to many young person for the rest of their life. Our aim is to attract men and women who wish to develop themselves personally and be a part of something bigger.” Among the aspects of training for successful applicants will be weapons handling, naval operations, team work and physical fitness. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 27 years old. They need no formal educational qualifications.
Successful candidates will be selected after passing fitness testing, an interview and a medical exam.
Training takes 20 weeks, after which a recruit will become an Ordinary Seaman. Among the duties of an Ordinary Seaman are maintenance on board the ship, targeting fishing irregularities at sea, and participation in armed boardings of other vessels that are suspected to be involved in drug smuggling.
Among the recent activities of the Navy was the detention of two Irish-registered fishing vessels by the LE Eithne.
A nighttime boarding operation was carried out and the vessels were detained as part of an investigation into fishing irregularities.
A spokesman for the Defence Forces said: "On completion of their induction training they will have opportunities to serve Ireland both domestically and on overseas missions, undergo leadership training and choose from a broad range of educational opportunities."
He added that the minimum gross annual earnings for a newly qualified Seaman First Class will be €27,000 (inclusive of the military service allowance).
He added: "Under the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 – 2020, a 1% increase on annualised salaries up to and including €30,000 will come into effect from 1 January 2019."
There are currently just under 1,100 members in the Irish Navy.
Further information is available at http://www.military.ie/careers/naval-service/