7th March 2012 - Defence Forces Officer Cadets Receive Commissions .

Minister of State at the Department of The Taoiseach and at the Department of Defence, Paul Kehoe TD, accompanied by the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Seán McCann will attend the commissioning ceremony of 21 new officers at the Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare on Thursday,  8th March 2012 at 3.00 p.m. Three Maltese Cadets will also graduate with the 87th Cadet Class and the ceremony will be attended by the Commander of the Maltese Armed Forces, Brigadier Martin Xuereb.

The 3 female and 21 male cadets have completed a very demanding, challenging and rewarding 15 months of basic officer training, preparing them to take up appointments as junior leaders throughout the Army.  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 members of the 87th Cadet Class are drawn from diverse backgrounds across the country. In addition to the 21 new Irish Officers, the class comprises 3 members of the Armed Forces of Malta who will receive a certificate of graduation, having already received commissions in Malta.

The class consists of 12 university graduates, including 5 with masters degrees and 13 cadets who have previous Reserve Defence Force service. This class was also centrally involved in the State Ceremonial in the Garden of Remembrance and the War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge for the visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland in May 2011.

Press Release Date: 7th March 2012

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