Recruits passing out parade on the Curragh

Brigadier General Séamus O’Giolláin, newly appointed General Officer Commanding the Defence Forces Training Centre, undertook his first official function by attending the Passing Out Parade of 28 newly trained recruits at the Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp last week.

Brigadier General Séamus O’Giolláin, newly appointed General Officer Commanding the Defence Forces Training Centre, undertook his first official function by attending the Passing Out Parade of 28 newly trained recruits at the Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp last week.

The 28 recruits of the 100th Recruit Platoon have completed a very demanding, challenging and rewarding 17 weeks of basic infantry training, preparing them to take up appointments in various Units of the Defence Forces.

Brigadier General O’Giolláin welcomed the newly appointed soldiers, including recruits from Newbridge, Naas, Monasterevin, The Curragh, Suncroft and Nurney, into the wider Defence Forces family. Describing the arduous tasks which lay ahead of the new recruits in their military careers General O’Giolláin reminded the new soldiers that,“our purpose as members of the Defence Forces is to be prepared individually and collectively to defend, protect and support those whom we serve – the people of Ireland”.

Proud family members of the 28 newly trained recruits were on-hand to witness and lend their support. General O’Giolláin offered his appreciation to the families of Defence Forces personnel who he said will face difficult challenges in the future as they see their loved ones depart overseas in what may become frequent and sometimes extended absences from home. The recruits will next undergo a further period of robust training during a twelve week intensive course to enable the soldiers to advance their military skills.

The Defence Forces is currently seeking applications for both General Service and Specialist Appointments in the Defence Forces. Closing date for applications is April 22 . See www.military.ie for further information.