Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (462)

Sorca Clarke

Question:

462. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Defence the number of qualified or specialised members of the Defence Forces who have left the service in each of the years 2018, 2019 and to date in 2020; and the specialised area of each. [38550/20]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The information sought could not be collated without some clarification from the Deputy which has been sought through the Minister's Office.

Once this clarification is received, I will request the Military Authorities to provide this information as soon as possible and I will revert to the Deputy as soon as the information is made available to me.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 51
The number of trained personnel who have discharged from Óglaigh na hÉireann across the three (3) Services in 2018, 2019 and to date in 2020 is as follows (these figures do not include those who left before completing induction training i.e. Recruit training and Cadetship):

Year

Army

Air   Corps

Naval   Service

Total   Trained Discharges

2018

419

59

123

 601

2019

499

81

117

 697

2020*

285

36

  64

 385

*as at 31 October 2020.
Having completed induction training, it is practice for the Defence Forces personnel to accrue a broad range of skills during the course of their career. These skills can include weapons systems, explosive ordnance disposal, mechanical fitter skills, etc.
Each skill has an associated skill code and therefore it would be a resource intensive exercise to extrapolate the codes for every individual who retired during the years in question.