The government previously set a limit of 9,500 members for the Defence Forces.Kirsty Blake-Knox The board of the Gate Theatre have said they are taking “extremely seriously” the allegations of inappropriate behaviour and “abuse of power” levied at its former artistic director Michael Colgan.With dozens of questions that test your values, attitudes and personality traits, they claim to match you to men who share similar attitudes to relationships, interests in life and emotional make-up.

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Some 235 people applied for the 11 spaces available in the Naval Service Operations and Engineers competition while the Army Equitation received 114 applications for just two positions.

This year's applicants will now face online psychometric testing as well as fitness and medical examinations and a final interview.

Darryl Hodgson is a registered psychologist with more than 40 years experience.

Certified in the application of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, he also works in the field of mindfulness techniques to help his clients achieve the best outcome possible.

In fact, the online dating industry in the UK is booming, valued at £80million last year.

By 2010, there will be an estimated 16million single men and women in the UK.

However, a spokesperson for the Defence Forces told the Irish Independent there are only 42 positions available at the end of the competition.

A cadetship, or army line officer training, is a course designed to train potential commissioned officers to take up operational appointment in the Permanent Defence. Candidates could apply for any of four different positions advertised by the Defence Forces.

In the Sixties, Professor Raymond Cattell invented questionnaires that looked at a range of personality traits in the workplace.

The Civil Service still uses the system today both in recruiting and to help its managers find the best way to manage their staff according to their psychometric profiles. On previous online dating sites, I'd write a short description of myself and hope for the best. I found myself spending an hour online answering about 200 detailed questions about myself ranging from how much I valued a hygienic man, to whether I was a smoker to what I was looking for in a long-term partner.

The flood of applications received by the Defence Force for its annual Cadetship Competition has now become a common theme as young people continue to seek employment opportunities outside the traditional jobs sphere.