The Irish Army is no longer a male preserve as first female recruits step out.

Thirty eight women aged between 18 and 20 marched into history as the first female recruits to the Irish Defence Forces. The 18 week training for the women of the 4th platoon included rifle marksmanship, and a special course in tactics. 

RTÉ News reports from the passing out parade at the Curragh, Kildare. One recruit describes she feels that the army will offer her the opportunity for a challenge.

I was from an army background I knew a lot about the army I wanted a challenging life, a life adventurous, sporting so I think I will get it in the army.

She also comments on the place of women in the army, and what is involved in an average day. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 October 1981.