The first female army officer cadets receive commissions at a ceremony at the Curragh in county Kildare.
Eight women cadets receive commissions as officers in the Defence Forces from Minister for Defence, Mr Sylvester Barrett and the Chief of Staff Lieut-Gen Carl O'Sullivan. Four of the women underwent training at the British Women's Royal Army Corps centre in Camberley in Surrey, while the other four were trained at the Curragh. At the ceremony they are pictured wearing uniforms designed by Ib Jorgensen, who was also responsible for designing the Aer Lingus uniform. All eight women are graduates and have received extensive military training.
The first assignment for the Women's Corps is to train 40 new women recruits as privates, for which there were 3,000 applications.
Thirty-nine male cadets also receive commissions at the same ceremony.
This footage is part of an RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 April 1981.