Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (72)

Michael McGrath

Question:

72. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the strength of the Naval Service by number of personnel and rank in each year since 2010, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20071/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The attached table shows the strength of Naval Service Personnel (Whole Time Equivalent), by rank, for each year from 2010 to 2018.

The Government remains committed to maximising recruitment to increase the strength of the Naval Service and the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) overall and to retaining the capacity of the PDF to operate effectively across all roles.

The Public Service Pay Commission are currently examining recruitment and retention issues in the Defence Forces and I look forward to reviewing their findings and recommendations in due course.

Naval Service Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) Strengths 2010 to 2018

LT Gen

MAJ Gen

BRIG Gen

COL

LT COL

COMDT

CAPT

LT

2010

-

-

1

2

10

36

51

59

2011

-

-

1

2

12

30

63

47

2012

-

-

1

2

11

39

57

49

2013

-

-

1

1

13

45

52

47

2014

-

-

1

2

13

43

61

34

2015

-

-

1

2

13

51

51

32

2016

-

-

1

2

13

51

49

34

2017

-

-

1

1

13

50

55

45

2018

-

-

1

2

14

51

44

51

Naval Service Whole Time Equivalent (WTE) Strengths 2010 to 2018

SM

BQMS

CS

CQMS

SGTS

CPLS

PTES

CADETS

TOTAL

2010

4

5

66

15

206

156

403

18

1,032

2011

4

4

53

11

183

180

389

15

994

2012

5

7

71

15

179

149

453

17

1,055

2013

6

7

69

15

170

174

408

15

1,023

2014

6

7

68

15

170

171

454

12

1,057

2015

6

7

76

15

187

139

488

15

1,083

2016

6

7

68

13

173

129

517

27

1,090

2017

6

7

74

15

170

148

444

24

1,053

2018

6

7

72

14

177

151

380

19

989