Ceisteann—Questions. Oral Answers. - Army Strength.

27.

asked the Minister for Defence the strength of the Army in all ranks on (a) 1st March (b) 1st July and (c) 1st November, 1973.

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.

Strength returns of the Permanent Defence Force including the Air Corps and Naval Service are compiled for the last day of each month. The figures for 28th February, 30th June and 31st October, 1973, were as follows:—

28th February, 1973

30th June, 1973

31st October, 1973

Officers

1,112

1,128

1,161

Non-Commissioned Officers

3,139

3,272

3,285

Privates

6,259

6,018

5,990

Cadets

125

144

91

Total

10,635

10,562

10,527