Five Tipperary men were among a new group to take up recruit training for the Irish Defence forces in July. Eoin Fogarty,Shane Carroll,Dean McEnroe, Brian McGarry and Sam Carberry joined 34 other recruits from Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford, Athlone and Clare to become the 137 Recruit Platoon at Dun Ui Mhaoiliosa in Renmore, County Galway.
Army recruits are the backbone of the Irish Defence Forces and the frontline of any Army. The recruit training, which is seventeen weeks in duration, is designed to be challenging and physically demanding to produce a physically fit and motivated Two Star Soldier with basic military skills.
This is the second recruit platoon trained in Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa in recent years and is part of a nationwide recruitment drive. The Defence Forces has recruited up to 1500 new recruits in recent times.
Officer Commanding, Lt Col Mary Carroll addressed the newest members and their families.
‘You are joining one of the best outfits in the Defence Forces and we are delighted to have new blood’.
While speaking about the training and the challenges ahead Lt Col Carroll told the 137 Recruit Platoon -
‘We don’t take 100%, we need 110%, recruit training is challenging by any standard. Our commitment to you is that you will be treated with dignity and respect, what we ask in return is serious commitment from you’.