The naval service’s use of social networking is one of the reasons cited for a deluge of applications for vacancies.
According to sources in the Defence Forces, nearly 1,600 people have applied for 120 posts up for grabs.
Meanwhile, interest is also high for the 14 officer cadet vacancies which are also being advertised. Nearly 200 people have applied for those posts and the closing date is midnight on May 13.
The naval service recently decided to use social media to highlight the work it was doing.
To date, it has more than 2,000 Facebook friends.
The service is profiling what cadets do, along with some details of their training, and also supplies up-to-date information on naval operations.
Furthermore, it is posting photographs and videos of current recruits.
“A lot of people are tuning in to it and we are very happy with the response,” said a source.
The number of officer cadet vacancies is higher than in previous years.
This is because the Department of Defence recognises that it will have to replace a number of senior naval people who will be retiring in the next few years.
Once selected, new cadets can specialise in either the operations or engineering branches.
If the cadet chooses the operations branch, he or she can end up captain of one of the navy’s eight ships.
Incidentally, for the first time in the navy’s history it now has two women captaining ships.
Cadets entering the engineering branch will have responsibility for everything that keeps a ship afloat and running smoothly.
It is expected that the navy will start choosing cadet recruits within the next three to four weeks.
Part of the process will involve fitness tests, medicals, and interviews.
Applications for cadet posts can be found by visiting military.ie
Recruits, meanwhile, will undergo 20 weeks of training. They will then attain the title of ordinary seaman and become responsible for maintenance of essential services on ship and taking part in armed boarding of other vessels as part of drugs interdiction missions.
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