Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Army Recruits.

asked the Minister for Defence if he will state the number of new recruits to the Army in each month since the 1st June, 1951, and the present strength of the Army.

The number of recruits accepted for the permanent force in each month since the 1st June, 1951, was as follows:—

June, 1951

36

July, 1951

49

August, 1951

55

September, 1951

101

October, 1951

78

November, 1951

60

December, 1951

25

January, 1952

866

February, 1952

1,115

March, 1952

762

April, 1952

428

3,575

The strength of the permanent force, exclusive of chaplains and members of the Army Nursing Service on 15th May, 1952, was, subject to minor adjustments on audit, 1,151 officers and 9,126 other ranks—total 10,277.