Breaking ranks on dark side of army life
Valerie O'Brien recounts a life of brothels, beatings and bullying in the military, writes Alison O'Riordan
One of the first female combat soldiers in the Irish Army has lifted the lid on life in the military -- telling how, on overseas missions, soldiers became regulars in back-street brothels.
Valerie O'Brien has painted a very different picture of army life from the glossy recruiting posters -- and paid dearly for it.
Horrified to discover just how much of a "man's world" the Army was, the driven Cork woman was also to suffer sexual harassment, isolation and depression during her service with the Defence Forces.