Thursday, 17 July 2014

Questions (524)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

524. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the most up-to-date figures for the strength of the Reserve Defence Force; the gender breakdown of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32383/14]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The effective strength of the Reserve Defence Force (RDF) at 30 June 2014, the latest date for which figures are available, was 2,326, broken down into 2,188 Army Reserve and 138 Naval Reserve. 368 (or 15.82%) are women. The attached tables contain the above mentioned strength, broken down into Army Reserve and Naval Service by gender and rank groupings.

Army Reserve

Rank

Male

Female

Total

Lt Gen

Maj Gen

Brig Gen

Col

Lt Col

5

5

Comdt

40

40

Captain

108

4

112

LT

194

35

229

SM

8

8

BQMS

10

10

CS

59

59

CQMS

69

3

72

Sgt

316

21

337

Cpl

339

78

417

Pte

703

196

899

Cadets

Total

1,851

337

2,188

Naval Service Reserve

Rank

Male

Female

Total

Lt Gen

Maj Gen

Brig Gen

Col

Lt Col

Comdt

4

4

Captain

7

7

LT

6

1

7

SM

BQMS

2

2

CS

9

9

CQMS

Sgt

12

1

13

Cpl

21

4

25

Pte

46

25

71

Cadets

Total

107

31

138