26 January 2018 - Largest Commissioning Ceremony in Defence Forces History.

The Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe T.D. and Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, will attend the Commissioning Ceremony of 68 new Army Officers, 2 Air Corps Officers and 8 Maltese Officers at 3pm, Friday 26th January in the Defence Forces Training Centre.

This is the largest number of new officers to be commissioned together in the history of the state and, on induction, was the largest ever single intake of cadets. When the 93rd Cadet Class joined the Defence Forces in September 2016 it included all Army, Air Corps, Naval Service & Maltese cadets giving the class a total strength of 106.

The 78 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 8 officers who previously served in the Defence Forces as enlisted personnel and 31 university graduates with a range of qualifications including law, history, Animal Science, Multimedia Studies, Music Composition and English Literature. A further 17 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.

Press Release Date: 26 January 2018

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