Thursday, 25 March 2021

Questions (91)

John Lahart

Question:

91. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Defence the strength of the Reserve Defence Force as of 1 March 2021 in respect of all three services and all ranks; the gender breakdown of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16256/21]

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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). 

The Military Authorities have advised that as of 28 February 2021, the effective strength of the Army Reserve (AR) and Naval Service Reserve (NSR) combined, is 1,574 and is set out in the table below:

 

 LT COL

 COMDT

 CAPT

 LT

 TOTAL OFFR

 SM

 BQMS

 CS

CQMS 

 SGT

CPL 

TOTAL NCO 

 PTE

TOTAL 

 AR

 5

 46

 76

 96

 223

 1

 4

 30

 40

 254

 228

 557

 669

 1449

 NR

 0

  4

  8

 11

  23

 0

 4

 5

  0

13

  13

  35

  67

  125

The breakdown of female Officers, NCOs and Privates in the Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve,  is 213 in total as of 28 February 2021, and is as follows:-    

 

 LT COL

 COMDT

 CAPT

 LT

 TOTAL OFFR

 SM

 BQMS

 CS

CQMS 

 SGT

CPL 

TOTAL NCO 

 PTE

TOTAL 

 AR

 0

 3

 10

 18

 31

 0

 0

 0

 2

 21

 43

 66

 95

 192

 NSR

 0

  0

  0

 2

  2

 0

 0

 0

  0

1

  3

  4

  15

  21

The substantive strength of the First Line Reserve (FLR) as of 28 February 2021 is as follows:

 

 OFFR

 NCO

 PTE

 TOTAL

 Army

 -

 14

  118

 132

 Air Corps

 -

  4

   19

  23

 Naval Service

 3

 16

   87

 106

 TOTAL

 3

 34

 224

 261

*The gender breakdown of the FLR is not available.