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Officers in Defence Forces Paying Up to €67,000 to Leave Early

7th January 2020
A third of those who paid to leave early had studied nautical science while others studied engineering, financial maths, geomatics, financial management, strategic risk management and global security A third of those who paid to leave early had studied nautical science while others studied engineering, financial maths, geomatics, financial management, strategic risk management and global security Photo: Irish Naval Service-facebook

Officers in the Defence Forces have paid up to €67,000 each to buy their way out of their military careers early rather than continue to serve for the time they initially agreed, it has emerged.

The Irish Times has established 24 officers across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service who were sent to university as part of their training then opted to pay their way out early over the past 4½ years.

Many of them had gained specialist skills in university such as in computer forensics, cyber security and combating cybercrime.

Less than a fortnight ago the Government’s own National Cyber Security Strategy warned of significant risks to Ireland’s economy and international reputation because the State was vulnerable to cyber attacks.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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