Written Answers. - Defence Forces Personnel.

Bernard Allen

Ceist:

243 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Defence the number of FCA and An Slua Muirí recruited and discharged by command in each of the months September, October and November 1998. [28426/98]

I have been advised by the military authorities that the numbers of FCA and An Slua Muirí personnel recruited and discharged by Command in each of the months September, October and November 1998 are as follows:

EasternCommand*

FCA

FCA

An SluaMuirí

An SluaMuirí

Recruited

Discharged

Recruited

Discharged

September

13

29

Nil

1

October

27

17

1

1

November

48

23

4

1

SouthernCommand*

FCA

FCA

An SluaMuirí

An SluaMuirí

Recruited

Discharged

Recruited

Discharged

September

9

69

6

1

October

19

30

4

6

November

34

68

4

5

Western Command* FCA

Recruited

Discharged

September

7

6

October

30

18

November

142

113

Curragh Command* FCA

Recruited

Discharged

September

1

15

October

20

20

November

23

25

*The recommendations contained in the Defence Forces Review Implementation Plan in relation to the recorganisation of the army took effect from 1 November, 1998. This means that the army is now organised as follows: 3 brigades; defence forces training centre, and 2 logistics bases.
Broadly speaking the areas of the three brigades correspond to the areas of the former Eastern, Southern and Western Commands with the exception that the area of the former Curragh Command now forms part of the areas of the Eastern, Southern and Western Brigades. The area of the Defence Forces Training Centre corresponds to the area of the Curragh Camp and the Glen of Imaal.
However, the Defence Forces Review Implementation Plan also provides for a special study of the Reserve Forces to be undertaken during the lifetime of the plan. Accordingly, in November, 1997 I announced the setting up of a joint civilian-military steering group to carry out this examination. As part of the examination process the Chief of Staff established a military board to conduct a study of the reserve. The joint civilian-military steering group, as part of its work, oversees and guides the military board in its task.
Pending the findings and recommendations of the study the FCA and An Slua Muirí are still organised in old command structure.