Written Answers. - Defence Forces Strength.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

167 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the current and projected strength of the Army, the Air Corps and the Naval Service, both male and female; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20774/99]

The strengths of male and female personnel in the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service as of 30 June 1999, the latest date for which figures have been compiled, are shown in the tabular statement which I propose to circulate in the Official Report.

The overall authorised strength for the Defence Forces is that contained in the Defence Forces review implementation plan 1996-98, which was accepted by the Government in March 1996, namely 11,500. This figure of 11,500 originally comprised strengths for each of the three components of the Defence Forces of 9,487 for the Army, 1,089 for the Naval Service and 924 for the Air Corps.
The implementation plan also provided for special studies to be carried out on the Naval Service and the Air Corps and Pricewaterhouse management consultants were engaged to conduct these reviews. In its report, Pricewaterhouse Coopers recommended slight adjustment in the respective strengths of the Naval Service and the Air Corps to 1,144 for the Naval Service and 930 for the Air Corps.
Strength of Females/Males Defence Forces.

FemaleOffrs.

MaleOffrs.

FemaleNCO's

MaleNCO's

FemalePtes.

MalePtes.

TotalFemale

Total Male

Army

530

982

44

3,360

218

4,607

315

8,949

Air Corps

4

118

2

349

16

397

22

864

Naval Service

4

118

0

450

26

391

30

959

Total DefenceForces

61

1,218

46

4,159

260

5,395

367

10,772