Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Strength of Defence Forces.

asked the Minister for Defence if he will state the strength of the Defence Forces at 31st March in each of the years 1953 to 1956, and the number of enlistments, and the number who left the forces in each of the years in question.

As the reply is in tabular form I propose with the permission of the Ceann Comhairle to include it in the Official Report.

Following is the reply:—

(a) The strength of the Defence Forces on 31st March in each of the years 1953 to 1956 was as follows:—

Permanent Defence Force.

Reserve of Officers (First Line) and Reserve of Men (First Line)

Reserve of Officers (An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil) and Reserve of Men (An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil)

Reserve of Officers (An Slua Muirí) and Reserve of Men (An Slua Muirí)

Total Strength.

Effective

Non-effective

Effective

Non-effective

Effective

Non-effective

Effective

Non-effective

31/3/53

10,562

3,313

1,039

17,360

15,021

319

78

31,554

16,138

31/3/54

10,412

3,849

1,179

18,104

13,288

380

107

32,745

14,574

31/3/55

9,692

4,406

1,371

19,685

12,297

295

169

34,078

13,837

31/3/56

8,735

4,928

1,727

19,663

11,764

304

170

33,630

13,661

NOTE: Reservists on the non-effective list (i.e. those who fail to report for training, etc.) remain liable for permanent service and for service in aid of the civil power.

(b) The number of enlistments in each of the years 1953 to 1956 was as under:—

Year ended

Permanent Defence Force

An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil

An Slua Muirí

Total

31/3/53

2,537

5,984

137

8,658

31/3/54

2,168

5,843

154

8,165

31/3/55

1,380

6,873

47

8,300

31/3/56

1,296

5,680

87

7,063

(c) Discharges (other than for the purpose of being appointed officers and for re-enlistment) during the years ended 31st March, 1953, to 1956 totalled:—

Year ended

Permanent Defence Force

Reserve of Men (First Line)

Reserve of Men (An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil)

Reserve of Men (An Slua Muirí)

31/3/53

1,031

643

1,259

28

31/3/54

757

209

1,272

22

31/3/55

636

188

1,245

53

31/3/56

642

197

1,240

22