Published on March 12th, 2023 | by Mark Dwyer


Air Corps Cadetship 2023

Successful applicants are offered cadetships to become Air Corps Pilot Officers in the Defence Forces. The Air Corps Cadet will undergo a course of training of up to three years (approx. 30 months) duration divided into separate stages. Air Corps Cadets will complete the first stage consisting of military training in the Cadet School, Military College, DFTC, Curragh Camp. During this time the Cadet is instructed in weapons handling (to instructor level), tactics (conventional, internal security and counter–insurgency), arms and foot drill, map reading, communications skills, first aid, basic military engineering, human resource management, communications skills, military law, and academic studies which include leadership, Irish and military history, politics and accountancy.

The purpose of Cadet training is to develop character and leadership skills and instil a sense of duty and responsibility. To benefit from that training, which is conducted in an environment of strict discipline, the Cadet needs mental acuity and physical agility.

Cadets will then be posted to the Air Corps, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, Dublin 22 to commence flight training. This stage progresses from ground school (EASA ATPL standard) to flying training. On completion of ground school, cadets will be commissioned as a Lt or 2/Lt after which they will begin flight training. Flying training consists of elementary and basic flying to advanced flying including navigation, instrument flying, aerobatics, formation flying among other disciplines. It should be noted that subject to the exigencies of the service, Young Officers may undertake some or all of their flight training abroad in a recognised military flight training school. On successful completion of ground school and flying training, Young Officers will receive their military pilots’ wings and qualify as military pilots.

The Air Corps Cadetship Competition 2023 has just opened. If you’re interested in applying or would like more information, please click here.

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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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