Written Answers. - Defence Forces Strength.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

286 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the present strength of the Defence Forces; if he has any plans to increase the numbers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

On 31 December 1992 the strength of the Permanent Defence Force was as follows:

Officers

1,576

NCOs

5,064

Privates

6,180

Cadets

69

Total

12,889

The question of recruitment is kept under review in the light of operational requirements.