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Defence Forces Data

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 17 April 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Ceisteanna (136)

Jack Chambers

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136. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of personnel at each rank throughout the Permanent Defence Force; the number by gender and age; the number for the Reserve Defence Force by gender and age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15956/18]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the tables below. Normal statistical returns made to me by the Defence Forces do not include details of age.

Permanent Defence Force Strength - as of the 28th February 2018

PDF

Male

Female

Total

LT GEN

1

0

1

MAJ GEN

2

0

2

BRIG GEN

8

0

8

COL

37

1

38

LT COL

128

2

130

COMDT

280

47

327

CAPT

307

66

373

LT

218

21

239

Total Officers

981

137

1,118

SGT MAJOR

41

0

41

BQMS

43

0

43

CS/FS/BS

228

3

231

CQMS/FQMS

176

3

179

SGT

965

67

1,032

CPL

1,472

124

1,596

PTE 3 *

4,446

233

4,679

CADET

116

22

138

Total Other   ranks

7,487

452

7,939

 Grand Total

 8,468

 589

9,057 

PTE INCLUDES 2 and 3* PTES,RECRUITS AND APPRENTICE

Reserve Defence Force Strength (Effective)- as of the 28th February 2018

RDF

Male

Female

TOTAL

LT GEN

***

***

***

MAJ GEN

***

***

***

BRIG GEN

***

***

***

COL

***

***

***

LT COL

4

0

4

COMDT

51

2

53

CAPT

36

1

37

LT

157

27

184

Total Officers

248

30

278

SGT MAJOR

1

0

1

BQMS

6

0

6

CS/FS/BS

46

0

46

CQMS/FQMS

50

2

52

SGT

229

19

248

CPL

286

72

358

PTE 

658

130

788

Total Other ranks

1,276

223

1,499

 Grand Total

1,524

253

1,777

To return to, and maintain, the agreed strength levels significant targeted recruitment has and will continue to take place in 2018 for the Permanent Defence Force (PDF).

I have also directed the military authorities to maximise recruitment to the Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve, having regard to training demands arising from the significant ongoing recruitment to the PDF. To that end, it is planned to launch a General Service Recruitment campaign for the RDF at the end of this month.

PDF Recruitment campaigns that are currently open for applications include:

- General Service Recruitment

- Air Corps Apprentice Competition

- Officer Cadetships

- Direct Entry Officer competitions for certain specified positions

I remain committed to maximising recruitment of capable personnel and developing serving personnel to ensure that the Defence Forces retain the capacity to operate effectively across all roles.

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