Private, (Current Employee) – County Cork – 5 August 2019
My life in the defence forces has been brilliant. Time to move on as unfortunately the salary is not sustainable. The training is very good within the defence forces and courses to up skill are brilliant.
Driver (Former Employee) – Corcaigh, County Cork – 3 August 2019
I worked in the Irish Defence forces for many years,i did a number of overseas trips as that was the only way to make some money. The job has changed over the years with pay cuts and contracts being changed to to where it was no longer a career but just a job,long hours and always being sent away from home and poor pay is now the reason for many soldiers leaving the job.
It's just gone to South... Bad wages. Sub and duty pay takes months to get into your hand. Harassment from up the chain for lack of work being done even though some units are down to half their manpower. I loved my job but I need to earn a living aswell
It's not just about the low pay anymore. The camaraderie has disappeared since the introduction of the very non transparent promotion competition. Management are a laughing stock on a different planet . The treatment on a daily basis is appalling. Bullying and harrassment is witnesses on a daily basis & if you stand up to them, they get you another way. It was once a great place, experience and knowledge are gone. Hwy dont want to know.There's been serious accidents..all covered up but there'll be a fatality before anything is done.
Lots of managers not a lot of leaders. The defence forces does not follow it's own values. You will have to fight for places on courses that you want and could be waiting years to get the course you wanted.
Corporal (Former Employee) – Cork/Waterford – 6 February 2019
I developed my communication skills and leadership skills. I improved my navigation skills and I enjoyed all my tactical training. I was part of the RDF which is only a glimpse of the Defence Forces, not a full picture as a full time career.
member of the Reserve (Former Employee) – Limerick – 1 November 2018
The Defence forces be it in the reserve or as a full time soldier is definetly one of the most difficult and underpaid jobs out there, its not exactly all bad as there are thing that make it worth it, the constant excitement of doing something new and above all the friends that you meet there are friends for life
Sgt (Current Employee) – Dublin – 18 September 2018
Stay away from this as a career. It's broken. I've 20 years completed and 6 missions overseas. The government don't care about you.. the higher echelons don't care even more. I've seen some good days and worked with great guys. But the past 10 years has been terrible. I was earning more money as a Cpl 15 years ago than now top scale Sgt. We haven't evolved into a modern force.. if anything we have devolved. No funding. No leaders. No future. No vision. If you like working 60 hr weeks with penny's for wages.. it's for you. Do yourself a favour.. if you want to strengthen the nation and be proud of youself join the Gardai, prison service, fire service, ambulance service, Because there's nothing to be proud of wearing this uniform any more..
Social welfare give you FIS on top of your pay.. which is nice
Look forward to 60 plus hrs with terrible pay, weekends away from family with work. Two 24hr duties a week.
Soldier (Former Employee) – Athlone, County Westmeath – 14 May 2018
Glad I joined to serve my country , had good times along with the bad but unfortunately the bad weighed heavily over all the good times.. bullying is terrible and abuse of power is widespread, the brass at the top of the ladder really hasn’t a clue of what the normal soldier goes through week to week