The Naval Service Cadetship Competition

The Naval Service Cadetship Competition has been launched online at Applications can now be submitted through this website. The closing date for applications is Sunday the 26th of May.

Naval Service Cadets are future Officers of the Naval Service. Officers are the managers, decision makers and future leaders of the Defence forces. Cadet training is approximately 2 years. It is part of a 5 year programme working towards either a Level 8 Honours Degree in Nautical Science or a Level 8 Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

There are three different types of Cadetships:
1. Operations Branch – Officers of the Operations Branch are responsible for the efficient running of the ship. Responsibilities include Bridge Watchkeeping, Weapons and Communications.
2. Engineering Branch – Officers of the Engineering Branch are responsible for everything that keeps a ship afloat, moving and habitable.
3. Electrical Branch – Officers of the Electrical Branch are responsible for the technical specification, selection, installation overhaul and maintenance for all electrical, electronic, communications, ordnance equipment and systems fitted to Naval Service ships.
The basic qualification requirement for Operations/Engineering Branch Cadetships is a minimum of a Grade C3 in 3 Higher level papers and a grade D3 in 3 Ordinary/Higher level papers, in a single sitting of the Leaving Certificate Examination. Candidates must pass English, Irish (exemptions apply) and Maths (for Marine Engineering Cadets candidates must achieve a minimum of a grade C3 in Higher Level).

Electrical Cadet candidates must hold a Level 8 degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering.

For more information on Terms and Conditions including graduate entry requirements please see

The lower age limit for Cadets is 18 years of age and the upper age limit is under 28 years of age.

Application forms are now available online at

The selection process will take place over the coming months in different phases. Successful Cadets will commence training in September 2013.

Further information on Cadetship qualification and entry criteria can be found at Queries can be directed to

Aisling O’Flynn | Sub – Lieutenant (N.S.)

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