Military College provides career and role
related training and education for Officers and NCOs of the
Defence Forces on an ongoing basis.
The Schools of the Military College
- Command and Staff School (C
- The Command and Staff School
conducts Command and Staff Courses for both national and
international students, supports the educational
development of all senior officers, contributes to the
development and maintenance of a doctrine that guides the
Defence Forces, in order to enable senior officers to plan and
conduct operations throughout the full military spectrum, in
fulfilling national tasks, UN tasks, or other international
tasks, authorised by the United Nations.
- Cadet School
- The aim of the Cadet
School is to conduct the standard cadet course in order to
qualify cadets for appointment as officers in the PDF.
The Cadet School was established as part of the Army School of
Instruction at The Curragh Training Camp in 1928 for
the purpose of instructing selected young people intent on a
full-time career as an Officer in the Permanent Defence Forces (PDF).
The first Cadet Class reported to the School on St. Brigid's Day
1928. Coincidentally, the feast day of the patron saint of
Kildare. Thirteen cadets reported on that historic day and Comdt
Hugh Lalor, a member of the first Cadet Class described the day
as sleeting and snowing by turns. The Cadet School has had
Cadets in training every year since.
- The Cadet School
has long been associated with ceremonial. The
zenith of Cadet School participation in ceremonial must be the
participation of the Cadets of the 37th
Cadet Class at the funeral of
President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy, on his visit to
Ireland was impressed with the drill of the Cadets of the 36th
Cadet Class. It is believed that his interest in the Cadets at
this ceremony prompted Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy to request the
presence of Cadets at the funeral ceremonies in Arlington.