Thursday 28th January 2016 - Commissioning Ceremony.

The Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. accompanied by the Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, will attend the Commissioning Ceremony of 19 new Irish Army Officers, 1 Air Corps Officer and 6 Maltese Officers at the Defence Forces Training Centre, the Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare.

The 22 male cadets and 4 female cadets have completed a demanding 15 months intensive training, 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 young people from various parts of the country, 7 of these new Officers had previous military service, 13 are university graduates coming from varied backgrounds including law, I.T, dietetics, international relations, physical education and secondary school teaching. One of the new female Irish Army Officers was born and raised in Scotland and one of her male colleagues lived in England until his teenage years.

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 new Maltese Officers will receive a certificate of graduation.

This class was involved in the 2016 State Ceremonial Programme as well as the ceremonies to commemorate the visit of the Head of State of Mozambique.

The ceremony will provide excellent photographic opportunities. Media are invited to attend.

The new Officers are from; Cork (4), Dublin (4), Derry (1), Down (1), Kildare (1), Kilkenny (1), Louth (2), Meath (1), Roscommon (1), Scotland (1), Westmeath (1), Wexford (1), Wicklow (1) and Malta (6).

Press Release Date: Thursday 28th January 2016

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Seán Ó Fátharta

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