Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Ceisteanna (95)

Mick Wallace

Ceist:

95. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the Defence Forces report into the standards of height for entry has been presented to him; if so, if he will publish same; if not, when the report will be finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25304/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

A study group was convened by the Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) in September 2018 to review the standards of height for entry into the Defence Forces. The terms of reference provided for the group to assess and recommend changes to the current height standards.

The group contains representatives from all three services of the Defence Forces and includes medical personnel, personnel from training establishments and military HR.

A new appointment to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) was made on 3rd April 2019. On taking up office, the Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) reviewed the original submission and tasked the Working Group to reconvene and address a number of matters.

The military authorities have informed me that this work will be completed by the end of July 2019. I look forward to receiving recommendations in due course.