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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 17 April 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Questions (139)

Jack Chambers

Question:

139. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number and rank recruited to the Defence Forces in each of the years 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018; the number of projected recruits in 2018, 2019 and 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15959/18]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The table below sets out the information requested by the Deputy for the period 2015 to 2017:

Year

Category

Rank

Inducted

2015

General Service

RECRUITS

307

2015

Cadets

CADETS

49

2015

Direct Entry Medical Officers & Direct Entry Conductor

CAPTAINS

1

2015

Direct Entry Enlisted Engine Room Artificer

SERGEANTS

5

2015

Army School of Music

PTES

19

2015

Air Corps Apprentice

APPRENTICES

24

2015

Total

 

405

Year

Category

Rank

Inducted

2016

General Service

RECRUITS

590

2016

Cadets

CADETS

100

2016

Total

 

690

Year

Category

Rank

Inducted

2017

General Service

RECRUITS

615

2017

Cadets

CADETS

101

2017

Military Medical Officers

CAPTAINS

2

2017

Direct Entry Naval Service Engineering

LIEUTENANTS

11

2017

Air Corps Apprentice

APPRENTICES

22

2017

Total

 

751

In 2018, as of the 11th April, 71 personnel across all ranks, have been inducted into the Defence Forces (43 General Service Army, 25 General Service Navy, 2 Direct Entry Medical Officers and 1 Direct Entry Naval Officer).

Planned recruitment levels for 2018 will be similar to 2017 and currently there are significant recruitment opportunities available in the Defence Forces, at both enlisted and officer level, for any candidate who wishes to have a rewarding and positive military career in service to the State. These comprise of:

- Air Corps Apprentice Competition launched on 3 March 2018

- The first General Service Recruitment campaign of the year launched on 26 March 2018

- The 2018 Officer Cadetships competition launched on 1st April 2018

- The Naval Service is currently recruiting Direct Entry Officers for Bridge Watch-keeping, Marine Engineering and Electrical Engineering roles.

- The Defence Forces are also accepting applications from qualified doctors for careers in the Medical Corps.

With regard to recruitment post-2018, the manpower requirement of the Defence Forces is monitored on an ongoing basis in accordance with operational requirements of each of the three services. As stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence, continuous recruitment is the lifeblood of the Defence Forces providing young, motivated and enthusiastic personnel to replenish military formations for operational deployments.

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