Thursday, 11 April 2019

Ceisteanna (40, 44)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

40. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the degree to which the membership of the Defence Forces continues to be replenished; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17169/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

44. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of members of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps who have retired or resigned in the past two years; the extent to which they have been replaced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17173/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 40 and 44 together.

The table shows the number of personnel who were discharged over the past two years and the number of new personnel inducted for the same period.

Year

2017

2018

Discharges

742 (of which 209 Trainees)

731 (of which 139 Trainees)

Inductions

751

61

Discharges include personnel who left for a variety of reasons including on age grounds, at end of contract and voluntary discharges. Included in this number is the number of trainees who exited prior to completion of their initial training (shown in brackets).

Inductions include general service recruits, cadets, apprentices and direct entry posts.

There are significant recruitment opportunities currently available in the Defence Forces, at both enlisted and officer level, for eligible individuals who wish to have a rewarding and positive career in service to the State.

For 2019, an intake of some 800 personnel across a range of recruitment streams is anticipated.