Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Questions (137)

Bernard Durkan


137. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the total strength of the Defence Forces including reserves, male and female; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53320/13]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The strength of the Permanent Defence Force at the end of October 2013, the latest date for which figures are available stood at 9,222, of which 558, or 6.06%, are women. With regard to the Army Reserve, the total strength at 30 November 2012, the latest date for which figures are available was 4,773. This figure comprises 3,782 men and 991 women. I am advised that following completion of the recent re-organisation of the Reserve Defence Force a more up to date strength figure for the Army Reserve is not available at the moment. I will provide this information directly to the Deputy once it comes to hand.