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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 28 January 2021

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Questions (139, 144)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

139. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the number of posts throughout the Defence Forces waiting to be filled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4889/21]

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Bernard Durkan

Question:

144. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the number of promotions pending throughout all branches of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4894/21]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 139 and 144 together.

The table below outlines the number of vacancies, that exist in the PDF as at 31st December 2020. Vacancies are filled on an ongoing basis in line with promotional arrangements and, in certain cases, direct entry competitions. Vacancies at Private Rank are filled by general service recruitment and direct entry competition.

It is normal, at a particular point in time, for some ranks to be oversubscribed and others to be undersubscribed. For example, whilst there are vacancies at the rank of Captain there are currently substantially more Lieutenants than are provided for in the establishment.

Vacancies as at 31st December 2020

RANK

VACANCIES

LT Col

2

CAPT

105

SGT MAJ

5

CS

11

CQMS

6

SGTS

259

CPLS

358

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