Written Answers. - Defence Forces Strength.

Dick Roche

Ceist:

80 Mr. Roche asked the Minister for Defence the number of persons serving in the Defence Forces as at 31 December for each of the years 1980 to 1990 inclusive. [10262/00]

The military authorities have advised that the number of persons serving in the Defence Forces as at 31 December for each of the years 1980 to 1990, inclusive, is as shown in the following table:

Year

Officers

NCOs

Privates

Cadets

Total

1980

1,452

4,512

7,682

118

13,764

1981

1,478

4,733

8,990

117

15,318

1982

1,512

4,955

7,874

116

14,457

1983

1,530

5,065

7,428

102

14,125

1984

1,559

5,032

7,230

70

13,891

1985

1,577

5,041

7,661

65

14,344

1986

1,581

5,018

6,973

75

13,647

1987

1,577

5,003

6,524

66

13,170

1988

1,564

4,939

6,713

62

13,278

1989

1,553

5,060

6,160

87

12,860

1990

1,547

5,020

6,584

96

13,247