The 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 Sean McCann attended the commissioning ceremony of 18 new officers in the Army Reserve at the Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp, on Sunday, November 4 last.Thefour female and 14 male candidates, four of whom are from Kildare completed a course of basic officer training, preparing them to take up appointments as junior leaders throughout the Army Reserve. In receiving the Presidential Commission the new officers took an oath of allegiance in which they will swear to be “faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution”.
The members of the 20th Potential Officers Course are drawn from diverse backgrounds across the country. The class consists of two university students, 12 university graduates, including three with masters degrees a further three undertaking masters degrees. All have different civilian backgrounds including a teacher, barrister, engineer, civil servant and a racing jockey
- Paula Campbell