Thursday, 17 December 2015

Questions (301)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

301. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the up-to-date figures for the strength of the Reserve Defence Force, by gender. [45818/15]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The following tables set out the effective strength of the Reserve Defence Force as of 31 October, 2015, the latest date for which figures are available, in both the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve broken down by rank and gender.

Army Reserve

Rank

Male

Female

Total

Lieutenant Colonel

5

0

5

Commandant

48

0

48

Captain

53

3

56

Lieutenant

171

30

201

Sergeant Major

6

0

6

Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant

7

0

7

Company Sergeant

57

0

57

Company Quartermaster Sergeant

62

3

65

Sergeant

281

19

300

Corporal

342

81

423

Private

849

171

1,020

Total

1,881

307

2,188

Naval Reserve

Rank

Male

Female

Total

Lieutenant Commander

4

0

4

Lieutenant

4

0

4

Sub-Lieutenant

5

1

6

Senior Chief Petty Officer

1

0

1

Chief Petty Officer

9

0

9

Petty Officer

11

1

12

Leading Seaman

22

4

26

Sea Man

59

20

79

Total

115

26

141

I believe that the Reserve Defence Force is an important asset to the State. I value the contribution of all of its members who volunteer their time and service so willingly and I am fully committed to its ongoing and future development.