Written Answers. - Defence Forces Strength.

338.

asked the Minister for Defence the number of members of the Defence Forces and the Naval Service in each of the main categories for each of the years 1974, 1975, 1976 and the estimated number for 1977.

The strengths by rank of the Defence Forces are indicated hereunder as on the dates shown.

Permanent Defence Force (including Air Corps and Naval Service).

31st December 1974

31st December 1975

31st December 1976

31 July 1977

OFFICERS

Major-General

1

1

2

2

Colonel

37

37

36

37

Lieutenant-Colonel

103

107

113

122

Commandant

364

380

398

406

Captain

377

395

405

370

Lieutenant

165

195

257

275

Second-Lieutenant

187

208

180

164

TOTAL

1,234

1,323

1,391

1,376

OTHER RANKS

Cadet

156

137

135

141

Sergeant-Major

37

37

38

38

Battalion Quartermaster-Sergeant

45

43

42

44

Company Sergeant

178

187

187

196

Company Quartermaster-Sergeant

319

319

315

325

Sergeant

1,209

1,289

1,328

1,408

Corporal

1,698

1,985

2,247

2,363

Private

6,726

8,333

8,979

8,880

TOTAL

10,368

12,330

13,271

13,395

TOTAL STRENGTH OF THE PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCE

11,602

13,653

14,662

14,771

Reserve Defence Forces (effective strengths)—not readily available by ranks

31st December 1974

31st December 1975

31st December 1976

31st July 1977

Reserve of Officers (First Line)

183

170

140

135

Reserve of Men (First Line)

529

462

376

349

Reserve (An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil and An Slua Muirí) Officers

685

659

653

646

Other Ranks

17,155

18,127

18,689

18,214

TOTAL

17,840

18,786

19,342

18,860

TOTAL STRENGTH OF THE RESERVES.

18,552

19,418

19,858

19,344