Written Answers. - Defence Forces Strength.

Finian McGrath

Question:

53 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Defence the number of soldiers in the Army; the number of males and females; the number of helicopters; the number retiring in 2003; and if he has satisfied himself that they are fully equipped to deal with the UN mission in Liberia. [29592/03]

The strength of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service and the number of female personnel by rank within these services as advised by the military authorities, is provided in the form of the following tabular statement. The figures provided are as at 31 October 2003 in respect of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service.

The number of officers, non-commissioned officers and privates who left the Defence Forces in 2003 is as follows:

Officers

NCOs

Privates

Total

38

163

310

511

The Air Corps possess a fleet of 12 general purpose helicopters, comprising four Dauphins, seven Alouettes and one Gazelle. I am satisfied that the Permanent Defence Force is fully equipped to deal with the UN mission in Liberia. I refer the Deputy to the detailed reply contained in Question No. 4 of today's date.
Strength of the Defence Forces
31 October, 2003.

LtGen

MajGen

BrigGen

Col

Lt Col

Comdt

Capt

Lt

TotalOffrs

Sm

Bqms

Cs

Cqms

Sgts

Cpls

TotalNcos

Ptes

Cadets

Total

Army

1

3

6

36

118

357

281

228

1,030

32

40

142

249

1,065

1,579

3,107

4,258

99

8,494

Air Corps

0

0

1

2

12

35

24

60

134

7

4

53

15

130

206

415

346

16

911

Naval Service

0

0

1

2

13

40

22

61

139

7

7

75

15

199

139

442

455

28

1,064

Strength of Females in the Defence Forces
31 October, 2003.

LtGen

MajGen

BrigGen

Col

Lt Col

Comdt

Capt

Lt

TotalOffrs

Sm

Bqms

Cs

Cqms

Sgts

Cpls

TotalNcos

Ptes

Cadets

Total

Army

0

0

0

0

1

13

30

31

75

0

0

3

1

10

84

98

208

15

396

Air Corps

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

1

0

0

6

7

11

1

22

Naval Service

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

14

16

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

42

5

64

Strength of Males in the Defence Forces
31 October, 2003.

LtGen

MajGen

BrigGen

Col

Lt Col

Comdt

Capt

Lt

TotalOffrs

Sm

Bqms

Cs

Cqms

Sgts

Cpls

TotalNcos

Ptes

Cadets

Total

Army

1

3

6

36

117

344

251

197

955

32

40

139

248

1,055

1,495

3,009

4,050

84

8,098

Air Corps

0

0

1

2

12

35

23

58

131

7

4

52

15

130

200

408

335

15

889

Naval Service

0

0

1

2

13

40

20

47

123

7

7

75

15

199

138

441

413

23

1,000