Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (104)

Mary Lou McDonald


104. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of promotional positions waiting to be filled throughout the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34527/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The manpower requirement of the Defence Forces is monitored on an on-going basis in accordance with operational requirements. Promotions are ongoing within the officer ranks. Discussions have recently concluded with PDFORRA regarding the arrangements for a NCO promotion competition, which will commence soon.

The table below outlines the promotional posts vacant within the Permanent Defence Force as of 30 June 2019, the latest date for which such figures are available.


Number of Promotion vacancies as of 30 June 2019



 Lieutenant Colonel








 Sergeant Major


 Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant


 Company Sergeant


 Company Quartermaster Sergeant







Equivalent Naval Service Ranks


Lieutenant Colonel/Commander

Commandant/Lieutenant Commander

Captain/Lieutenant (NS)

Sergeant Major/Warrant Officer

Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant/Senior Chief Petty Officer

Company Quartermaster Sergeant/Senior Petty Officer

Company Sergeant/Chief Petty Officer

Sergeant/Petty Officer

Corporal/Leading Seaman