Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Admission of Married Man to Army.

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asked the Minister for Defence if he will take steps to ensure that a married man with previous military experience will be admitted to the Irish Army.

Defence Force Regulations permit of the enlistment in the Permanent Defence Force of married men who have had previous full-time service in the Force and who comply with certain conditions as to age, health and general suitability.

There is no objection then to a lance corporal with six years experience in the British Army becoming a member of the Irish Army?

I assumed the Deputy was talking about previous service in our Army.

Previous military experience is what I was talking about.

I referred in the answer to service in the force, and I meant in the Irish Army.

This excludes experience in any other military force?

It is not acceptable.

From any other army?

In the Naval Service there is no requirement as to previous service for married men.