Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (54, 55)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

54. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of non-commissioned officers that have retired from each branch of the Defence Forces in each of the past five years to date; his plans for their replacement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20721/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

55. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of commissioned officers that have retired from each branch of the Defence Forces in each of the past five years to date; his plans for their replacement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20722/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 and 55 together.

The Permanent Defence Force has always had a level of turnover that far exceeds other areas of the public service. This is a necessary feature of military organisations and allows for continuous renewal, promotions etc.

The following table sets out the numbers of commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers that left for each of the years from 2002 to 2017.

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2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

LT GEN

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

 

MAJ GEN

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

BRIG GEN

3

2

0

1

2

1

1

3

1

1

2

1

2

2

1

3

 

COL

2

6

5

5

5

9

1

14

5

7

8

3

8

2

9

8

 

LT COL

13

7

6

10

6

12

13

18

17

10

16

12

16

12

12

16

 

COMDT

20

19

12

19

27

28

26

33

21

38

31

20

28

22

35

23

 

CAPT

13

6

9

10

10

9

7

10

11

13

11

20

19

30

21

20

 

LT

6

1

3

7

2

3

1

2

0

4

2

2

8

5

2

6

 

SGT MAJOR

4

4

6

11

6

6

4

9

4

3

7

0

5

1

3

8

 

BQMS

9

2

4

2

7

7

1

12

7

8

2

1

5

3

1

9

 

CS/FS/BS

18

16

22

9

16

28

16

22

32

26

36

11

19

20

25

21

 

CQMS/FQMS

12

15

13

14

22

19

20

24

26

26

38

14

13

11

15

19

 

SGT

86

67

76

54

75

60

73

93

70

84

117

52

44

73

97

71

 

CPL

90

80

62

60

68

85

70

59

82

79

110

55

39

70

47

57

 

Discharges from the Defence Forces are recorded under a number of headings without a specific definition of retirement which can be either voluntary or involuntary. The headings range from "at their own request", purchase of discharge, end of contract or reaching age limits.

The White Paper on Defence recognises that continuous recruitment is the lifeblood of the Defence Forces; providing young, motivated and enthusiastic personnel to replenish military formations for operational deployments. The recruitment plan proposed by the Defence Forces envisages 800 new entrants being inducted across all services and competition streams in 2018. Promotions are also ongoing throughout the Defence Forces. 

With the support of the Chief of Staff and within the resources available, the Government is committed to retaining the capacity of the Defence Forces to operate effectively across all roles and to undertake the tasks laid down by Government both at home and overseas.