The Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar T.D., along with the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe T.D. and Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, will attend the Commissioning Ceremony of 67 new Army Officers, 1 Air Corps Officers and 9 Maltese Officers at 2pm, on Monday 04th February in the Printworks, Dublin Castle.
This is the first time in the history of the state that a Commissioning Ceremony has taken place in Dublin Castle.
The 77 cadets have successfully completed a 15 month cadetship, preparing them to take up appointments as junior leaders throughout the Army, Air Corps and the Armed Forces of Malta.
The class is comprised of 13 officers who previously served in the Defence Forces and 36 university graduates with a range of qualifications including law, international relations, conflict studies, criminology, history, engineering, sports science, musical theatre and english literature. A further 9 officers were in third level education prior to joining the Defence Forces.
In receiving this Presidential Commission, the new officers will take an oath of allegiance in which they will swear to be “faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution”. The Maltese Cadets will receive a certificate of graduation.
The ceremony will provide excellent photographic opportunities including the Taoiseach and the Minister presenting the commissioning scrolls, the class performing ceremonial sword-drill and the class celebrating on conclusion of the ceremony.
The new Officers are from counties; Dublin (14), Kildare (10), Westmeath (5), Kilkenny (4), Offaly (4), Tipperary (4), Cork (4), Louth (3), Antrim (3), Meath (2), Mayo (2), Carlow (2), Wicklow (2), Wexford (2), Kerry (1), Meath (1), Clare (1), Donegal (1), Down (1), Galway (1), Monaghan (1) and Malta (9).