Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Questions (196)

Duncan Smith

Question:

196. Deputy Duncan Smith asked the Minister for Defence the effective strength and the establishment strength of the Reserve Defence Force by rank in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29804/20]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The Reserve Defence Force (RDF) is comprised of the First Line Reserve (FLR), the Army Reserve (AR) and the Naval Service Reserve (NSR).

End of month strength returns are collated at the mid-month point of the following month and hence September 2020 returns are not available at this time. The most up to date figures available therefore for the effective strength of the Army Reserve (AR) and Naval Service Reserve (NSR), are as of 31 August 2020, and are set out below.

A key ongoing challenge for the Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve is to recruit and retain personnel and there continues to be a shortfall between the current strength figures and the establishment of 4,069 personnel.

The restrictions imposed in the interests of public health as a result of the Covid 19 Pandemic have had a significant impact on many Defence Forces activities, particularly those involving collective training. As a result, it has been difficult to conduct RDF inductions. Nevertheless, a recruitment campaign for the AR and NSR was opened in March 2020 and 63 new members have been inducted so far this year.

I wish to assure the Deputy of the Government's continued commitment to on-going recruitment in the AR and NSR and I am advised that, while there are no specific dates as of yet, it is anticipated that another recruitment campaign for the AR and NSR will be opened in autumn 2020.

LT COL

COMDT

CAPT

LT

TOTAL OFFR

SM

BQMS

CS

CQMS

SGT

CPL

TOTAL NCO

PTE

TOTAL

AR

5

46

79

99

229

1

4

25

40

246

278

573

699

1501

NR

0

4

8

11

23

0

4

6

0

13

13

36

64

123

The substantive strength of the First Line Reserve (FLR) as of 31 August 2020 is as follows:

FORMATION

OFFR

NCO

PTE

TOTAL

AR

1

15

135

151

AC

-

4

22

26

NS

3

14

86

103

TOTAL

4

33

243

280

The combined establishment for the Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve is 4,069 personnel, as broken down in the table below:

ESTABLISHMENT

LT COL

COMDT

CAPT

LT

TOTAL OFFR

SM

BQMS

CS

CQMS

SGT

CPL

TOTAL NCO

PTE

TOTAL

Army Reserve (AR)

5

60

107

110

282

1

-

38

38

301

708

1086

2501

3869

ESTABLISHMENT

LT CDR

LT

TOTAL OFFR

WO

SCPO

CPO

PO

LS

TOTAL NCO

SMN

TOTAL

Naval Service Reserve (NSR)

4

20

24

-

4

8

16

32

60

116

200