Longford's James Whyte joins Army Equitation School

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Longford's James Whyte joins Army Equitation School

Longford's James Whyte joins Army Equitation School

Longford's 2nd Lieutenant James Whyte has joined the Army Equitation School.

Legan native James is well known on the equestrian scene and regularly represented Longford Pony Club and the Irish Pony Club at various show jumping events. 

A former student of Ballymahon Vocational School, James was one of two new officers to join the Army Equitation School, alongside 2nd Lt Adam Benson Byrne from Wicklow.

During his time at Ballymahon VS, James was part of a team from the school that competed at Hickstead in 2012.

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Meanwhile, earlier today, Friday, January 26, Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe TD and Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, attended the Commissioning Ceremony of 68 new Army Officers, 2 Air Corps Officers and 8 Maltese Officers in the Defence Forces Training Centre.

This is the largest number of new officers to be commissioned together in the history of the state and, on induction, was the largest ever single intake of cadets. When the 93rd Cadet Class joined the Defence Forces in September 2016 it included all Army, Air Corps, Naval Service & Maltese cadets giving the class a total strength of 106.

The 78 cadets have successfully completed a 15 month cadetship, preparing them to take up appointments as junior leaders throughout the Army, Air Corps and the Armed Forces of Malta.

The class is comprised of 8 officers who previously served in the Defence Forces as enlisted personnel and 31 university graduates with a range of qualifications including law, history, Animal Science, Multimedia Studies, Music Composition and English Literature. A further 17 officers were in third level education prior to joining the Defence Forces.

In receiving this Presidential Commission, the new officers will take an oath of allegiance in which they will swear to be “faithful to Ireland and loyal to the Constitution”. The Maltese Cadets will receive a certificate of graduation.

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