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Wednesday, 31 January 2007

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Strength

8:00 am

Photo of M J NolanM J Nolan (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fianna Fail)
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Question 1772: To ask the Minister for Defence the strength of the Defence Forces; when it is proposed to recruit again; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2286/07]

Photo of Willie O'DeaWillie O'Dea (Minister, Department of Defence; Limerick East, Fianna Fail)
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The strength of the Permanent Defence Force on 31 December 2006, the latest date for which detailed figures are available, as advised by the military authorities was 10,477. A detailed breakdown of the numbers in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps by rank and gender are in the form of the following Tabular Statement.

The White Paper on Defence of February 2000 sets out a figure of 10,500 personnel for the Permanent Defence Force, comprising 930 for the Air Corps, 1,144 for the Naval Service and 8,426 for the Army. It is my intention to maintain the established Government policy of ongoing recruitment to the Defence Forces. Recruitment into the Permanent Defence Force will continue to maintain the strength at the level set out in the White Paper as required to meet military needs.

Strength of the Defence Forces 31 December 2006
Lt GenMaj GenBrig GenColLt ColComdt.Capt.Lt.Total Offrs.SMBQMSCSCQMSSGTSCPLSTotal NCOsPtes.CadetsTotal
Army126391283272942671,06432381352431,0241,5583,0304,371718,536
Air Corps00121430533613673501212718438332026865
Naval Service001212464750158677816203196506397151,076
Total1284315440339435313584548263271135419383919508811210,477
Lt Gen = Lieutenant General; Maj Gen = Major General; Brig Gen = Brigadier General; Col = Colonel; Lt. Col = Lieutenant Colonel; Comdt = Commandant; Capt = Captain; Lt. = Lieutenant; SM = Sergeant Major; BQMS = Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant; CS = Company Sergeant; CQMS = Company Quartermaster Sergeant; SGTS = Sergeants; CPLS = Corporals; NCOS = Non Commissioned Officers; PTES = Privates.

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