Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Defence Forces' Effective Strength.

Major de Valera

asked the Minister for Defence if he will state the total effective strength of (a) the Defence Forces, permanent force (exclusive of chaplains, cadets, members of the Army Nursing Service and personnel of the reserve undergoing training); (b) the First Line Reserve, and (c) the Second Line Reserve (F.C.A.), on the 31st December, 1950, in each case.

The total effective strength of the Defence Forces on the 31st December, 1950, in the various categories was as follows:—

(a)Defence Forces, Permanent Force

7,741

(b)Reserve—First Line

5,605

(c)Reserve—Second Line—

F.C.A.

30,311

An Sluagh Muiri

306

Major de Valera

asked the Minister for Defence if he will state (exclusive of chaplains, members of the Army Nursing Services and personnel of the reserve undergoing courses or annual training) the actual number of (a) Regular Officers; (b) Regular N.C.O.s; (c) Regular Privates, and (d) cadets, serving in the Defence Forces, Permanent Force, on the 31st December, 1950, in each case.

The numbers in the different categories were:—

(a)Regular Officers

1,099

(b)Regular N.C.O.s

2,412

(c)Regular Privates

4,230

(d)Cadets

92