Thursday, 10 November 2016

Questions (347)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

347. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the most up to date figures for the strength of the Permanent Defence Force with regard to all three services and all ranks; the gender breakdown of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34297/16]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The Government is committed to maintaining the stabilised strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel, comprising of 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 30 September 2016, the latest date for which details are available, was 9,044. As there is significant turnover of personnel in the Permanent Defence Force targeted recruitment continues to take place so as to maintain the agreed strength levels. The current General Service recruitment campaign commenced in April 2016.

The following tabular statements indicate the strength of the Permanent Defence Force as of 30th September 2016 across all three services and ranks, broken down by gender. The figures provided are for whole time equivalent posts.

With the support of the Chief of Staff and within the resources available, it is intended to retain the capacity of the Defence Forces to operate effectively across all roles and to undertake the tasks laid down by Government both at home and overseas.

Army

Rank

Male

Female

Total

Lieutenant General

1

0

1

Major General

2

0

2

Brigadier General

6

0

6

Colonel

32

1

33

Lieutenant Colonel

104

2

106

Commandant

226

31

257

Captain

218

42

260

Lieutenant

133

20

153

Sergeant Major

29

0

29

Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant

32

0

32

Company Sergeant

101

1

102

Company Quartermaster Sergeant

159

2

161

Sergeant

823

57

880

Corporal

1170

114

1284

Private

3661

175

3836

Cadets

96

9

105

Total

6793

454

7247

Air Corps

Rank

Male

Female

Total

Brigadier General

1

0

1

Colonel

3

0

3

Lieutenant Colonel

12

0

12

Commandant

31

2

33

Captain

45

5

50

Lieutenant

22

0

22

Sergeant Major

7

1

8

Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant

3

0

3

Company Sergeant

55

0

55

Company Quartermaster Sergeant

12

1

13

Sergeant

110

5

115

Corporal

138

11

149

Private

218

10

228

Cadets

25

1

26

Total

682

36

718

Naval Service

Rank

Male

Female

Total

Brigadier General

1

0

1

Colonel

2

0

2

Lieutenant Colonel

13

0

13

Commandant

42

9

51

Captain

36

13

49

Lieutenant

32

2

34

Sergeant Major

6

0

6

Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant

7

0

7

Company Sergeant

74

0

74

Company Quartermaster Sergeant

15

0

15

Sergeant

170

7

177

Corporal

123

8

131

Private

472

18

490

Cadets

25

4

29

Total

1018

61

1079