Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Questions (16)

Matt Carthy

Question:

16. Deputy Matt Carthy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of vacancies in the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service in tabular form. [6246/20]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The following table details the establishment, strength and vacancies of the Permanent Defence Force, as of the 30th April 2020:

 Branch

 Establishment

 Strength   (WTE)

 Vacancies

 Army

7,520

6,867

653

 Air Corps

886

726

160

 Naval Service

1,094

892

202

 Total

9,500

8,485

1,015

The Government remains committed to returning to, and maintaining the agreed strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel as set out in the White Paper on Defence (2015) and, in that context, recruitment is ongoing.