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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

Published 07/02/2010 | 05:00

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.

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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.

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