Thursday, 13 June 2019

Ceisteanna (39, 40, 46)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

39. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of members of the Defence Forces who retired or resigned in each of the past three years; the number of replacements recruited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24745/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

40. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of women recruited to the Defence Forces in each of the past three years to date; the number that resigned or retired in the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24746/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

46. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of members of the Defence Forces scheduled to retire in the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24752/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 39, 40 and 46 together.

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table:

 Year

Departures

Total 

Departures

Female 

Inducted

Total 

Inducted

Female

 2016

 679

 23

 690

 50

 2017

 742

 42

 751

 68

 2018

 731

 53

  612*

 50

*This figure does not include 15 serving soldiers (1 of which was female) who were awarded a Cadetship

I am advised by the military authorities that 171 members of the Permanent Defence Force are predicted to retire on age grounds between 1 June 2019 and 1st June 2020.

Ongoing recruitment has continued in 2019 with the Defence Forces recruitment plan working towards a target of 800 new entrants being inducted in during the year which will include General Service Recruits, Cadets, Aircraft Apprentice Technicians and Direct Entry Specialists.  

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.