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Defence Forces passing out parade for Waterford and Tipperary recruits

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Defence Forces passing out parade for Waterford and Tipperary recruits

Defence Forces recruits will mark the end of their foundation military training with a passing out parade

Defence Forces recruits from Waterford and Tipperary will mark the end of their foundation military training with a passing out parade this week.

Waterford's Ciaran Sludds, along with Tipperary's Shane Kophamel, Finbar Dorban, Conor Peacock, Tarlock Breen, Luke O’Dwyer, Tiernan O’Neill and Thomas Connors are among the 25 recruits passing out at the Watershed Sports Complex in Kilkenny on Wednesday (February 13). 

They are part of the 153rd Recruit Platoon, who underwent 17 weeks recruit training designed to produce physically fit, disciplined and motivated two star infantry soldiers with basic military skills.

Their training comprised of the following:

Phase 1 - Induction (two weeks): This period included a Defence Force orientation package, adventure training and information/motivational instruction to the recruit. The induction period seeked to present a positive approach with the promotion of the Defence Forces as a progressive and forward-looking organisation. This period included personnel/logistical administration, some aspects of health and safety education and training, medical intake processing, and an introduction to physical educational training. The training format included both lecture and practical demonstrations.

Phase 2 - Introductory training period (six weeks): Instructional focus centred on foot/arms drill, rifle marksmanship and general-purpose machine gun (included the Recruits Annual Personal Weapons Test), and physical fitness.

Phase 3 - Tactical training period (six weeks): The main instructional focus during this phase was tactical training, culminating with a five day exercise in week 14. This training focused on imparting the recruit with a thorough knowledge of section level tactics.

Phase 4 - Final training period (three weeks): The emphasis during this phase was on the final approval of the recruit and preparations for the passing out parade.