Written Answers. - Defence Forces Statistics.

178.

asked the Minister for Defence if he will supply the following information in respect of (1) the Defence Forces and (2) each of the three services, Army, Naval Service and Air Corps: (a) the strength on the most recent date for which figures are available of (i) officers, (ii) men and (iii) the total; (b) the number of (i) officers, (ii) men and (iii) the total recruited between 30 September 1980 and the most recent date; (c) the number of (i) officers, (ii) men and (iii) the total who left in that period; (d) the net totals, increase or decrease, and the percentage increase or decrease in that period; (e) the establishment strength on those dates; and the percentage which the strength represents of that establishment.

The information has been up-dated to 31 March 1981 as follows:

(a) Strength of Permanent Defence Force 31 March 1981.

Officers

Other ranks (including cadets)

Total

Army

1,256

11,244

12,500

Naval Service

88

808

896

Air Corps

98

600

698

Total

14,094

(b) Numbers recruited from 1 October 1980 to 31 March 1981.

Officers

14

Other Ranks (including Cadets)

1,468

Total

1,482

(c) Numbers who left the Permanent Defence Force for various reasons (discharge, died, transferred to Reserve, etc) from 1 October 1980 to 31 March 1981.

Officers

37

Other Ranks (including Cadets)

925

Total

962

(d) Net increase from 1 October 1980 to 31 March 1981 was 520 or 3.8 per cent.

(e)

30 September 1980

31 March 1981

Establishment

17,790

18,021

Strength

13,574

14,094

Strength as a percentage of Establishment

76.3

78.2