In 2018, the overarching turnover of personnel in the Permanent Defence Force was just below 8.1%. The average turnover rate since 2002 was 6.3% with a peak of 8.58% in 2012. This level of turnover, or higher, is often seen in other military organisations.
This overarching turnover level does not illustrate important underlying trends. As the rate of turnover within a military organisation can differ across functional areas, the impact of turnover can vary accordingly. As I have previously outlined, particular challenges exist in certain specialist areas, for example pilots. I understand that this has proved challenging for many military forces internationally and it is not unique to Ireland.
As the Deputy will be aware, the Public Service Pay Commission has been tasked with examining recruitment and retention issues in the Defence sector. Detailed statistics have been provided to assist them in this regard. I look forward to reviewing their findings in due course.
The Government remains 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.