Written answers

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Department of Justice, Equality and Defence

Defence Forces Reserve

5:00 pm

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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Question 127: To ask the Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 150 of 12 October 2011, the numbers, by Brigade of Reserve Defence Force officers promoted under DFR R5 para 31(2) each year since 2005 and to date in 2012; and if it is his policy to continue such promotions for those qualified in 2012; the number RDF Officers been promoted to date arising from his decision in October 2011 and if he will give details of the appointments to which they have been promoted. [30103/12]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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The table below sets out the numbers, by Brigade of Reserve Defence Force officers promoted under DFR R5 para 31(2) each year since 2005 and to date in 2012.

Formation20052006200720082009201020112012
2 E Bde RDF00280000
1 S Bde RDF04230000
4 W Bde RDF02430000
RDF TA00000000
NSR00030000
Total068170000

In October 2011 I agreed to sanction limited promotions within the Reserve Defence Force to bring the current strength in all ranks to 70% of the established strength in each rank as provided for in Defence Force Regulations CS 4 (ranks where the strength was at or above 70% would not be considered for promotion). Since my decision of October 2011 no RDF Officers have been promoted, however the military authorities have advised me that arrangements for competitive RDF Officer Promotions are currently being put in place and interviews will commence shortly to fill selected vacancies in the RDF up to the authorised level of 70% of the permitted RDF Officer strength.

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