Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (63)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

63. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which promotional vacancies remain to be filled in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20730/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

The following table outlines the promotional posts vacant within the PDF, by Army, Air Corps and Naval Service as at 31st March 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.

PDF vacancies as at 31 March 2018

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Col

Lt Col

Comdt

Captain

BSM

BQMS

CS

CQMS

Sgt

Cpl

Army

1

6

12

24

3

0

13

20

214

116

Air Corps

0

0

-2

21

1

0

2

0

28

49

Naval Service

0

0

-8

29

0

0

1

0

58

34

Total

1

6

2

74

4

0

16

20

300

199

Note: Equivalent Naval Service RanksLieutenant Colonel/CommanderCommandant/Lieutenant CommanderCaptain/Lieutenant (NS) Sergeant Major/Warrant OfficerBattalion Quartermaster Sergeant/Senior Chief Petty Officer Company Quartermaster Sergeant/Senior Petty OfficerCompany Sergeant/Chief Petty OfficerSergeant/Petty OfficerCorporal/Leading Seaman