Defense Secretary Simon Coveney today paid tribute to the “courage and deep commitment” of Defense Force cadets and officers at a commissioning ceremony at Collins Barracks in Dublin.
During the formal handover ceremony, attended by Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Seán Clancy and the proud families of the cadets and officers, he told them they were beginning and moving forward in their careers at a difficult time.
“We live on a continent that is currently at war, a war that is being waged illegally,” he said of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Every country in the EU is reassessing its security, just like us,” he said, adding: “We will live in a more complex world.”
Mr. Coveney shook hands and congratulated each of the 44 cadets of the 97th class of cadets and 24 non-commissioned officers (NCOs) of the 11th course for prospective officers who were sworn in as officers after completing their training at the Military College.
The cadets — from the Army, Air Corps, Ordnance and Engineers divisions — began their training at the height of the pandemic in October 2020. They have completed numerous military, tactical, physical and academic challenges over the past 18 months.
Among them were six cadets from the Maltese Armed Forces who were also trained at the Military College under a reciprocal agreement between Ireland and Malta.
The non-commissioned officers began their training last April after receiving orders from the ranks to train for managerial duties.
Each officer has served on peacekeeping missions in Kosovo, Bosnia, Chad, Mali, Afghanistan, Lebanon and Syria and has specialized in a variety of military operations.
Mr Coveney told the gathering that her career in the Defense Forces comes at a pivotal time in history.
“We certainly live in very challenging and uncertain times and no doubt you will face many tests,” he said.
“However, I know that with the drive, ambition and skill of the Defense Forces, you can meet these challenges head-on,” he said.
He spoke of the cadets’ and officers’ oath to potentially put themselves in danger “in the service of the state and its citizens and also of potentially innocent citizens abroad”.
“This is a profound commitment that you have made and one for which the Government and I sincerely thank you.”
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