Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (81)

Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

81. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the Defence Forces is considering reducing the height requirements for all recruits and cadets at entry; if so, when a decision on same can be expected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33348/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

A study group was convened by the Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) in September 2018 to review the standards of height for entry into the Defence Forces. The terms of reference provided for the group to assess and recommend changes to the current height standards.

The group contains representatives from all three services of the Defence Forces and includes medical personnel, personnel from training establishments and military HR.

A new appointment to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) was made on 3rd April 2019. On taking up office, the Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) reviewed the original submission and tasked the Working Group to reconvene and address a number of matters.

The military authorities have informed me that the board is due to report soon to the Deputy Chief of Staff  (Support). The General Staff will then examine the board's recommendations before sending them for my consideration and review.

I look forward to receiving recommendations in due course.