Written Answers - Defence Forces Retirements.

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

89 Mr. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence the number of personnel of each rank who have retired from the Defence Forces in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13807/01]

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

100 Ms O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Defence the total number of officers and other ranks in respect of the Army, Naval Service and the Air Corps who have left the service during the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13783/01]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

200 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the strength of the Permanent Defence Forces and Reserves; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14034/01]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

201 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence if he will state by rank, the total number of personnel, male and female in the Army, Navy and Air Corps; the extent to which increases or decreases have taken place under each heading; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14035/01]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

205 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the total number of personnel, male and female, in the FCA at present; the degree to which there has been an increase or decrease; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14039/01]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 89, 100, 200, 201 and 205 together.

The details requested by the Deputies are shown in the form of tabular statements which I propose to circulate in the Official Report.

Discharges from The Defence Forces

Discharges From The Permanent Defence Force1 January to 31 December 2000

Officers

Other Ranks

Cadets

Total

Not finally approved

4

4

Discharge by Purchase of a Recruit

155

155

Discharge by Purchase

207

207

At his own request after 12 years service

62

62

At his own request on compassionate grounds

11

2

13

On conviction by the Civil Power

3

3

Below the Required Medical Standards

25

25

For the purpose of appointment to be an officer

18

18

Determination of service by the Minister for Defence

6

6

On termination of engagement

99

99

On pension after 21 years service

267

267

Death

3

12

15

Retirement on age grounds

17

17

Voluntary Retirement

54

54

Resignation

4

4

At own request (Cadet)

5

5

Total

78

869

7

954

Strength of the F.C.A.

Male

Female

Total

31 March, 2000

9,788

3,378

13,166

31 March, 2001

9,307

3,324

12,631

Decrease: 481

Decrease: 54

Decrease: 535

Discharges by Rank 1996 to 2000

Rank

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

Ensign

1

Lieutenant

1

2

Sub-Lieutenant

4

4

Captain

52

55

40

35

27

Rank

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

Lieutenant (NS)

1

5

8

3

1

Commandant

44

44

21

25

23

Lieutenant Commander

4

2

3

8

6

Commander

3

1

1

Lieutenant Colonel

10

16

7

17

8

Captain (NS)

1

1

Colonel

6

3

7

9

5

Brigadier General

1

1

1

1

Major General

1

1

1

Lieutenant General

1

1

Apprentice

5

7

3

1

3

Grade I Private

2

121

151

160

169

Grade III Private

1

Ordinary Seaman

4

5

8

22

12

Private 2 Star

1

9

13

19

20

Able Seaman

13

8

14

16

28

Private 3 Star

292

425

277

311

366

Corporal

163

270

170

98

134

Leading Seaman

6

8

10

8

Petty Officer

15

16

11

15

14

Sergeant

149

182

149

87

93

Company Quartermaster-Sergeant

42

42

32

22

26

Senior Petty Officer

2

3

Chief Petty Officer

4

8

8

3

3

Company-Sergeant

32

25

28

12

14

Barrack Quartermaster-Sergeant

7

1

6

2

4

Staff Quartermaster-Sergeant

1

1

Sergeant-Major

7

6

2

4

3

Warrant Officer

1

1

1

Strength of the Defence Forces as at 31 March, 2001

Officers

NCO'S

Privates

Cadets

Total

Army

1,013

3,234

4,531

67

8,845

Air Corps

120

330

361

20

831

Naval Service

110

421

404

14

949

Total

1,243

3,985

5,296

101

10,625

Strength of the Reserve Defence Force as at 31 March, 2001

Officers

NCO'S

Privates

Total

1st Line Reserve

179

45

242

466

2nd Line Reserve FCA

695

2,855

9,081

12,631

Slua Muiri

27

88

190

305

Discharges/Retirements 1995-2000

Year

Officers

NCO'S

Privates

Cadets

Total

1995

40

130

133

0

303

1996

122

422

306

5

855

1997

127

552

568

4

1,251

1998

90

444

392

6

932

1999

105

279

486

7

877

2000

78

293

576

7

954

Female Personnel in the Permanent Defence Force as of 31 March, 2001.

P.D.F.

Officers

NCO's

Private's

Cadets

Total

Army

58

59

227

12

356

Air Corps

4

5

14

2

25

Naval Service

6

0

36

6

48

Total

68

64

277

20

429

Strength of the PDF, Male and Female as on 31/3/01 – V – Strength as on 31/03/00

31/03/01

Male

Female

Total

31/03/00

Male

Female

Total

Difference

Male

Female

Total

Lt. Gen

1

1

1

1

1

Maj. Gen

2

2

2

2

2

Brig. Gen

9

9

8

8

1

1

Col

36

36

31

31

5

5

Lt. Col

131

131

126

126

5

5

Comdt

415

9

424

435

7

442

-20

2

-18

Capt

337

28

365

362

34

396

-25

-6

-31

Lt

244

31

275

212

28

240

32

3

35

Total Officers

1,175

68

1,243

1,177

69

1,246

-2

-1

-3

Sgt. Maj

48

48

45

45

3

3

BQMS

51

51

48

48

3

3

Coy.Sgt

247

1

248

235

1

236

12

12

CQMS

257

1

258

272

1

273

-15

-15

Sgt

1,279

12

1,291

1,321

15

1,336

-42

-3

-45

Cpl

2,039

50

2,089

2,119

60

2,179

-80

-10

-90

Total NCO's

3,921

64

3,985

4,040

77

4,117

-119

-13

-132

Privates

5,019

277

5,296

5,185

291

5,476

-166

-14

-180

Cadets

81

20

101

104

15

119

-23

5

-18

Total PDF

10,196

429

10,625

10,506

452

10,958

-310

-23

-333