Thursday, 12 July 2018

Questions (53, 55)

Jack Chambers

Question:

53. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the most up to date figures for the strength of the Reserve 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. [31959/18]

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Jack Chambers

Question:

55. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of additional recruits the Reserve Defence Force has taken on to date in 2018, with regard to all services; the gender breakdown of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31961/18]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 53 and 55 together.

As of 31 May 2018 (the latest date for which figures are available), the strength of the First Line Reserve was as follows:

Female Personnel

Total Personnel

First Line Reserve (FLR)

25

273

There is no establishment figure for the FLR.

As of 31 May 2018 (the latest date for which figures are available), the effective strength of the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve was as follows:

Service

Female Personnel

Total Personnel

Army Reserve (AR)

231

1,663

Naval Service Reserve (NSR)

17

115

I am aware that there is a difference between these figures and the establishment for the AR and NSR which provides for 4,069 personnel. To address this difference, I directed the military authorities to maximise recruitment to the Army Reserve and the Naval Service Reserve, having regard to training demands arising from significant ongoing recruitment to the PDF. This has resulted in 139 personnel (10 females) being inducted in 2017 and in 2018, as of 5th July, a further 76 personnel (8 females) were inducted.

A total of 1,364 applications, of which 12% (164) were from females, were received for the recent RDF General Service Recruitment campaign. Applications for this recruitment campaign, which ran between 23 April and 4 June 2018, are currently being processed.

I can assure the Deputy that I remain committed to the on-going development of the RDF within the framework set out in the White Paper on Defence.

Question No. 54 answered with Question No. 52.
Question No. 55 answered with Question No. 53.