Pay is the worse and only down side to the defence forces but being in this job has changed my life from day one for the better but now after 21 years it has changed my life for the worse the pay is not putting food on my families table
A shame that my life long dream burned me out and put me in a severely depressive state resulting in me walking away after I completed my first contract . Not enough money to support a family out on their own and no job satisfaction. Moral is so low it leaves a deeply challenging obstacle just to get through your day hearing all the problems the low wages are causing and suicides resulting from the lack of a future for people who feel trapped in a job they where ckmple
The army was ok pay.Overtime(duties) are paid badly for 24 hours.Over all worth joining if you intent to stay till your retirement and pension.Good overall experience. You can have bad times,just like any job.Initial training is hard.Stick it out.It a culture shock.
The Irish Defence Forces is a highly challenging and exciting career that can lead to many different paths throughout your career, As a serving member of the Defence Forces for the past twenty years I would highly recommend this job to anyone looking for a challenge in life.
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.
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.
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.