Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Questions (292)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

327 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Defence the strength by rank and gender of the Army, Naval and Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8327/09]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Defence)

A detailed breakdown of the strength by rank and gender of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps are in the form of a Tabular Statement. The Government is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for men and women throughout the Defence Forces and to the full participation by women in all aspects of Defence Forces activities. Female strength in the Permanent Defence Force has increased from 468 at the end of 2001 to 570 as at 31 December 2008.

Unlike many other national armed forces, the Defence Forces have no restrictions as regards the assignment of men or women to the full range of operational and administrative duties. All promotions and career courses are open to both genders on merit.

STRENGTH OF MALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES 31-Dec-08

LT Gen

Maj Gen

Brig Gen

Col

LT Col

Comdt

Capt

LT

Total Offrs

SM

BQMS

CS

CQMS

SGTS

CPLS

Total NCOS

PTES

Cadets

Total

Army

1

3

7

41

130

284

189

305

960

32

36

132

250

1,016

1,359

2,826

4194

58

8,038

Air Corps

1

2

12

32

54

42

143

7

4

47

15

132

161

366

278

13

800

Naval Service

1

2

12

41

32

49

137

6

7

76

15

216

166

486

367

10

1,000

Total

1

3

9

45

154

357

275

396

1,240

45

47

255

280

1,364

1,686

3678

4,839

81

9,838

STRENGTH OF FEMALES IN THE DEFENCE FORCES 31-Dec-08

LT Gen

Maj Gen

Brig Gen

Col

LT Col

Comdt

Capt

LT

Total Offrs

SM

BQMS

CS

CQMS

SGTS

CPLS

Total NCOS

PTES

Cadets

Total

Army

1

21

48

41

111

3

1

32

108

144

200

13

468

Air Corps

2

2

4

1

3

10

14

13

1

32

Naval Service

2

10

11

23

9

9

35

3

70

Total

1

23

60

54

138

4

1

35

127

167

248

17

570

STRENGTH OF THE DEFENCE FORCES 31-Dec-08

LT Gen

Maj Gen

Brig Gen

Col

LT Col

Comdt

Capt

LT

Total Offrs

SM

BQMS

CS

CQMS

SGTS

CPLS

Total NCOS

PTES

Cadets

Total

Army

1

3

7

41

131

305

237

346

1071

32

39

133

251

1,048

1,467

2,970

4,394

71

8,506

Air Corps

1

2

12

32

56

44

147

7

4

48

15

135

171

380

291

14

832

Naval Service

1

2

12

43

42

60

160

6

7

76

15

216

175

495

402

13

1,070

Total

1

3

9

45

155

380

335

450

1,378

45

50

257

281

1,399

1,813

3,845

5,087

98

10,408