Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Defence Force Strength.

21.

asked the Minister for Defence if he will state for each branch of the armed forces the total numerical increase in strength since 1st August, 1969; and the present strength of the forces.

As the reply is in the form of a tabular statement I propose, with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to circulate it in the Official Report.

Following is the statement:

Strength of the Defence Forces on the 31st July, 1969 and 31st March, 1970*

1. Permanent Defence Force.

Strength on 31/7/69

Strength on 31/3/70

Increase=+ Decrease=–

Army

7,218

7,720

+502

Air Corps

501

489

– 12

Naval Service

394

366

– 28

TOTALS

8,113

8,575

+462

2. Reserve Defence Force (Effective Strength).

Strength on 31/7/69

Strength on 31/3/70

Increase=+ Decrease=–

Reserve (First Line)

1,889

1,840

– 49

An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil

19,786

18,093

–1,693

An Slua Muiri

364

320

– 44

TOTALS

22,039

20,253

–1,786

*NOTE: The latest date for which strength figures are available is the 31st March, 1970.