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Positive General Service recruitment

  • 19-02-2022 9:45am
    Registered Users Posts: 243 ✭✭ ancientmariner

    From statistics it seems, for some time, that the PDF Recruitment system is not producing enough candidates for vacancies at most levels. When needs must, such as wartime, anything that could walk in and pass a cursory medical was enlisted and distributed depending on age, education, and found level of fitness. Having an interview system for general recruits, where larger intake is required is unnecessary. The bread and butter of all Military Forces is Training and making Soldiers, Sailors and Airforce personnel out of a received candidate. Those that do not pass a certain approval level can be given a range of choices or discharged.

    Interviewing hoping to pick a ready made , Jack or Jill-of-all-abilities, is a waste of time especially as we spend twice as long as world class Forces in recruit basic training.

    Our last recruit Naval Class took 23 weeks to pass out before embarking on branch training whereas most other forces allow 10/12 weeks for basic training followed by Divisional or Branch training. I might add that 90% of Sailorisation of naval recruits is on-the-job training. mentoring, and of course Seatime and getting over the First trip and mal-de-mer.

    In days gone by, you walked into a recruiting office, you had a chat, agreed you wanted to enlist, got a check over by the duty Doctor, given a travel voucher for Haulbowline, said goodbye to mammy, When you arrived in Cobh you were met by an NS member and you started your career that day. Instant and positive recruitment.