A new report on the Defence Forces has found that the majority of soldiers, sailors and air corps personnel would look elsewhere for a job.
While most felt they were doing something worthwhile for their country, they did not feel an obligation to stay in the Defence Forces, a report on well-being in the Defence Forces completed last year, and seen by RTÉ News, has found.
The report explores the attitudes of Defence Forces personnel to their working lives across a wide range of areas and the findings are a mixture of the positive and the negative.
There are high levels of satisfaction in areas such as leadership and work-life balance, and dissatisfaction with organisational and supervisory justice.
While almost 70% felt obliged to work extra hours to get the job done, and over two thirds volunteer for it, the majority would look for another job outside the Defence Forces.
Commuting is a significant problem, with 27% considering leaving because of the issue.
More than three quarters felt their pay was not fair.
Many personnel are not satisfied with the communication received from supervisors.
They do not feel informed or involved, they do not feel they are being treated fairly, and overall, the report says there is a perception of a lack of justice in the Defence Forces.
While 60% felt they were doing something worthwhile for their country, with commitment levels highest in the Army, that did not translate into a sense of loyalty to the organisation and an obligation to remain in it.
Overall the report found satisfaction with military life had dropped from 64% in 2008 to 48% in 2014.