Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (111)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

111. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of personnel who entered and left, respectively, the Permanent Defence Force in each of the years 2017 and 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21994/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The following table contains the information requested by the Deputy and, to provide context, also includes comparable figures from 2002.

Year

Inductions

Discharges

2002

637

768

2003

558

622

2004

659

586

2005

458

566

2006

631

641

2007

633

696

2008

525

575

2009

41

520

2010

150

536

2011

559

692

2012

721

803

2013

445

473

2014

508

481

2015

405

571

2016

690

679

2017

751

742

2018

612

731

2019*

52

161

*as of 31st March 2019

It should be noted that, on average, over 20% of those that leave have not completed their induction training.

The Government remains committed to ongoing recruitment to the Defence Forces to return to, and maintain, the establishment level of 9,500 personnel as set out in the White Paper on Defence 2015 and it is anticipated that some 800 personnel will be inducted in 2019. Traditionally, significant inductions take place in the latter part of the year.