Published on May 7th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Air Corps Cadetship 2021

What is an Air Corps Cadet (Pilot)

An Air Corps Cadet (Pilot) enlists for a Cadetship to become an Officer in the Defence Forces. After successfully completing the Cadet Training Course in the Military College and the Flight Training School in the Air Corps College, an Air Corps Cadet is commissioned into the Officer Ranks of the Air Corps as a Second Lieutenant or Lieutenant. 

The Defence Forces is looking for people who have:

  • The ability to plan, prioritize and organise.
  • The ability to carefully analyse problems, in order to generate appropriate solutions.
  • The technical and physical ability required to pilot military aircraft in challenging situations.
  • Clear, concise and effective communication skills.
  • The ability to motivate others and work with a team.
  • Can do all of this while working in a physically demanding and high pressure environment.


To find out if you have the Minimum Qualifications required to apply for a Cadetship in the Army. Download the 2021 Cadetship Terms and Conditions.

Age Limitations

Be 18 years of age or over and under 26 years of age on the date mentioned in the notice for the current competition.


Candidates will undergo fitness testing, a preliminary competency based interview, a psychological interview, psychometric and psychomotor testing, and a medical exam. Candidates who are invited to interview will be required to complete and sign a Garda Vetting Application Form that, pursuant to Section 8 of the Data Protection Act, 1988, will authorise the Garda Siochana to furnish to the Defence Forces either, a statement that there are no convictions recorded against a candidate, or a statement of convictions, as the case may be. The Induction process will determine if you have the potential to become an Air Corps Flight Officer.


The purpose of Officer Cadet training is to develop character and leadership skills and instil a sense of duty and responsibility in the Officer Cadets, in addition to qualifying them as Military Aviators. To benefit from that training, which is conducted in an environment of strict discipline, the Officer Cadet needs mental acuity and physical agility. Air Corps Cadets spend 7 months training with an Army Cadet Class where they learn basic military skills and develop their leadership ability before they move on to flight training with the Air Corps.

Career Progression

After commissioning Air Corps officers must choose between specialising in fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft. Their new flight duties can include Air Ambulance, troop transport, and flying the Government Jet.

Candidates must be 18 years of age or above and under 26 years of age on the 1st September 2021. Closing date for applications is  Wednesday 26th May 2021 at 2359hrs. Applications are only being accepted online, click here for details.

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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