Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ceisteanna (51)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

51. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the strength of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, excluding all recruits, apprentices and cadets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21521/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

As of 31 March 2018 (the latest date for which figures are available), the whole time equivalent strength of the Permanent Defence Force was 8,993 comprised of:

- Army 7,229 personnel

- Air Corps 717 personnel

- Naval Service 1,047 personnel

The following table, provided by the military authorities, details the number of Cadets, General Service Recruits and Apprentices that are included in the above strength figures:

 Rank

ARMY

AIR CORPS

NAVAL SERVICE

TOTAL

Cadets

78

30

29

137

General   Service Recruits

97

11

0

108

Apprentices

0

42

0

42

The primary focus of the Defence Forces, when not engaged in operations, is training and preparation to ensure the capabilities required to fulfil its roles are developed and maintained.

I remain committed to maximising recruitment of capable personnel, developing serving personnel, and so achieving the best personnel and skills combination to ensure the Defence Forces retain the capacity to operate effectively across all roles required of them by government.