Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Ceisteanna (49, 50, 51)

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

49. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of personnel in the Air Corps that have resigned or retired on full service in each of the past three years to date; the number of replacements through recruitment throughout this period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38902/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

50. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of personnel in the Army that have resigned or retired on full service in each of the past three years to date; the number of replacements through recruitment throughout this period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38903/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bernard Durkan

Ceist:

51. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of personnel in the Naval Service that have resigned or retired on full service in each of the past three years to date; the number of replacements through recruitment throughout this period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38904/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 49 to 51, inclusive, together.

Discharges from the Defence Forces are recorded under a number of headings without a specific definition of retirement which can be either voluntary or involuntary. The table below shows the number of discharges in each of the past three years and as of 31st August in 2019:

BRANCH

2016

2017

2018

2019

Army

529

586

525

415

Air Corps

47

59

59

49

Naval Service

103

97

147

94

Total

679

742

731

558

The table below shows the number of inductions that took place in each of the past three years and as of 31st August in 2019:

BRANCH

2016

2017

2018

2019**

Army

574

630

484

186

Air Corps

12

31

26

0

Naval Service

104

90

101

77

Total

690

751

611*

263

* This figure does not include 15 PDF personnel awarded a Cadetship

** While inductions take place at various stages throughout the year, there is normally an accelerated intake of personnel in the last quarter.