Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Ceisteanna (144)

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

260 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence if he will consider raising the age limit for qualified people to enter the cadet programme in view of the fact that persons may not complete their degree prior to this age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1346/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Defence)

The upper age limit for candidates applying for cadetships in the Defence Forces who are serving members of the Permanent Defence Force, holders of a third level degree, or, in the case of Naval Service applicants who are holders of a diploma as specified in the cadetship information booklet, has been raised to under 27 years of age on 1 October in the competition year.

This revised upper age limit is applicable to the 2004 cadetship competition, the advertisement of which is due to take place between Thursday 22, January 2004 and Thursday 12, February 2004.