Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Questions (634)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

634. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel who are serving overseas by services, by rank and by gender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11814/16]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

Ireland is currently contributing 476 personnel to 11 different missions throughout the world. The main overseas missions, in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed, are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 199 personnel, the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) with 137 personnel and the Naval Service Humanitarian Mission in the Mediterranean with 57 personnel.

The total number of Defence Forces personnel, Army, Navy and Air Corps, male and female, by rank currently serving overseas is as set out in the following table:

Rank

Army

Naval Service

Air Corps

Total

Male

Female

Male

Female

Male

Female

Brigadier General

2

2

Colonel

8

8

Lieutenant Colonel

25

1

26

Commandant

35

2

1

38

Captain

35

1

4

1

41

Lieutenant

16

3

2

21

Sergeant Major

5

1

6

Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant

2

1

3

Company Sergeant

10

2

1

13

Company Quartermaster

9

1

10

Sergeant

40

1

9

1

2

53

Corporal

69

5

9

1

1

85

Private

137

5

25

1

2

170

TOTAL

393

17

54

3

9

0

476