Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Questions (116)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

116. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the current strength of the Defence Forces, male and female, at all ranks; the degree to which the strength of the Defence Forces is likely to fluctuate over the next three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21330/15]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The following tabular statement sets out the strength of the Permanent Defence Force as of 30 April, 2015, the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by rank and gender. The figures provided are for whole time equivalent posts.

The total serving strength across all three services as of 30 April, 2015 was 9,112 (comprising of 553 or 6.1% female and 8559 or 93.9% male). The establishment figure for the Defence Forces is 9,500.

The Government is committed to maintaining the stabilised strength of the Permanent Defence Force at or near 9,500 personnel, comprising of 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service.

As the Permanent Defence Force is currently below the agreed stabilised strength of 9,500, it is intended that targeted recruitment will continue in 2015 and subsequent years to allow the Government meet this commitment in relation to the stabilised strength.

Male 

Female

Total

Lieutenant General

1

0

1

Major General

2

0

2

Brigadier General

8

0

8

Colonel

37

0

37

Lieutenant Colonel

125

3

128

Commandant

293

30

323

Captain

318

64

382

Lieutenant

243

41

284

Sergeant Major

42

1

43

Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant

43

0

43

Company Sergeant

231

1

232

Company Quartermaster Sergeant

182

2

184

Sergeant

1,159

68

1,227

Corporal

1,517

133

1,650

Private

4,315

205

4,520

Cadets

43

5

48

Total

8,559

553

9,112