Thursday, 5 December 2019

Ceisteanna (49)

Jack Chambers

Ceist:

49. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of additional recruits the Reserve Defence Forces have taken on in 2019 as of 30 November 2019 with regard to the three services; the gender breakdown of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50853/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

I am advised by the military authorities that, as of 30 November 2019, 114 new members have been inducted into the Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve during 2019, broken down as follows:

Total number inducted

Number of females inducted

Army Reserve (AR)

97

8

Naval Service Reserve (NSR)

17

2

The Government remains committed to on-going recruitment in the AR and NSR. A recent competition for recruitment to both the AR and NSR closed in October 2019 and it is anticipated that further recruitment will arise from this.