Written Answers. - Defence Forces.

882.

asked the Minister for Defence if he will up-date the information supplied in regard to the Defence Forces in reply to Parlimentary Question No. 365 of 21 October 1980 for the period from 30 June 1981 to the latest date available.

The information as requested is as follows for the period 30 June 1981 to 31 March 1982:

(a) Strengths—Permanent Defence Force

30 June, 1981

31 March, 1982

Officers

Other ranks (including Cadets)

Total

Officers

Other ranks (including Cadets)

Total

Army

1,279

11,359

12,638

1,256

11,955

13,211

Naval Service

88

805

893

106

838

944

Air Corps

103

648

751

100

728

828

14,282

14,983

(b) Numbers recruited from 30 June, 1981 to 31 March, 1982.

Officers

26

Other Ranks

2,135

(including Cadets)

Total

2,161

(c) Numbers who left Permanent Defence Force for various reasons (discharge, died, transferred to Reserve etc.) from 30 June, 1981 to 31 March, 1982

Officers

34

Other Ranks

1,426

(including Cadets)

Total

1,460

(d) Net increase from 30 June, 1981, to 31 March, 1982, was 701 or 4.9%.

(e) Establishment/Strengths—Permanent Defence Force.

30 June 1981

31 March 1982

Establishment

18,020

18,043

Strength

14,282

14,983

Strength as a percentage of establishment

79.26%

83.04%