Thursday, 20 June 2019

Questions (57)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

57. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of recruits and personnel undergoing three star training in the Defence Forces in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25956/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The following table, provided by the military authorities, sets out the number of General Service inductions that took place in each of the five years from 2014 to 2018.

General Service Recruits undertake initial training to qualify as two star Privates before proceeding to further training to qualify as three star privates. On average, over 20% of General Service recruits leave the Defence Forces before completing their initial training and qualifying as two star Privates.

Year

Total

2014

444

2015

307

2016

588

2017

607

2018

492