Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (274)

David Stanton

Question:

274. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Defence his plans to increase the age limit for recruitment to the Defence Forces' direct entry radio and radar technician scheme; if any exemptions are considered for those with the requisite qualifications and experience who are above the age criteria; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2761/21]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

The age limits for personnel wishing to enter the Defence Forces are as set out in Regulations made pursuant to the Defence Act 1954, as amended. The age requirement is applicable to all candidates and exceptions cannot be made in individual cases.

An independently chaired review is underway at present which is examining recruitment practices and procedures in the Defence Forces. I await the completion of that report and any recommendations that may arise, including those relating to entry criteria.