Written Answers. - Defence Forces Strength.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

125 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the total number of persons, male and female by rank serving in the Army, Air Corps, and Naval Service; if the numbers indicate an increase or reduction in strength over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20855/02]

The White Paper on Defence of February 2000 provides for a total PDF strength of 10,500 personnel with an additional 250 recruits in training at any time. Under the terms of the Defence Forces review implementation plan of February 1996, a voluntary early retirement scheme operated in the years 1996-98. This scheme combined with natural wastage trends over the period in question has resulted in a net strength reduction of 1,084 personnel. The total strength on 30 September, 1997 was 11,547 (excluding cadets) and on 30 September, 2002 was 10,463 (excluding cadets).

The strength of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, as at 30 September, 2002, broken down by rank and gender, is as outlined in the following tables:

Strength of Females in the Defence Forces

30 September, 2002.

LtGen

MajGen

BrigGen

Col

LtCol

Comdt

Capt

Lt

TotalOffrs

Sm

Bqms

Cs

Cqms

Sgts

Cpls

TotalNcos

Ptes

Cadets

Total

Army

0

0

0

0

0

12

30

27

69

0

0

1

1

11

76

89

220

13

391

Air Corps

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

0

5

6

13

2

23

Naval Service

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

40

6

60

Strength of Males in the Defence Forces
30 September, 2002.

LtGen

MajGen

BrigGen

Col

LtCol

Comdt

Capt

Lt

TotalOffrs

Sm

Bqms

Cs

Cqms

Sgts

Cpls

TotalNcos

Ptes

Cadets

Total

Army

1

3

7

35

115

350

254

166

931

35

36

137

249

1,032

1,588

3,077

4,186

87

8,281

Air Corps

0

0

1

2

13

35

26

50

127

7

2

46

13

110

214

392

365

19

903

Naval Service

0

0

1

2

12

44

19

45

123

7

7

72

16

192

128

422

387

16

948

Question No. 126 answered with Question No. 46.