Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Ceisteanna (158)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

158. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of promotional positions waiting to be filled throughout the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13107/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

The Government is committed to maintaining a strength level of 9,500 personnel for the Permanent Defence Force (PDF). This comprises 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service personnel, as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence.

I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force as of 31 January 2018, was 9,138 (Whole Time Equivalent).

The table outlines the promotional posts vacant within the PDF, by Army, Air Corps and Naval Service as at 31 January 2018, the latest date for which such figures are available.

The manpower requirement of the Defence Forces is monitored on an ongoing basis in accordance with the operational requirements of each of the three services. In this regard, promotions are ongoing within the Officer ranks in order to fill rank vacancies. The interview stage of the competition, to fill vacancies to the ranks of Sergeants and above, has taken place over the last few months. Vacancies are currently being filled from this competition. It is my intention that targeted recruitment along with promotions will continue to be carried out within the resource envelope allocated to Defence.

PDF vacancies as at 31 January 2018

 

Col

Lt Col

Comdt

Captain

SM

BQMS

CS

CQMS

Sgt

Cpl

Army

-1

7

2

26

0

0

9

17

207

99

Air Corps

1

-1

 - 2

25

0

0

-1

0

25

48

Naval Service

1

0

-7

28

0

0

1

0

56

33

Total

1

6

-7

79

0

0

9

17

288

180

* There are currently 77 Army Cadets, 38 Air Corps Cadets and 24 Naval Service Cadets in training.

** Some overseas appointments are currently not filled.

Note:

Equivalent Naval Service Ranks

Lieutenant Colonel/Commander

Commandant/Lieutenant Commander

Captain/Lieutenant (NS)

Sergeant Major/Warrant Officer

Battalion Quartermaster

Sergeant/Senior Chief Petty Officer

Company Quartermaster Sergeant/Senior Petty Officer

Company Sergeant/Chief Petty Officer

Sergeant/Petty Officer

Corporal/Leading Seaman