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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Department of Defence

Air Corps Strength

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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128. To ask the Minister for Defence the extent to which the strength of the Air Corps has been maintained over the past two and a half years throughout all ranks; the extent if any to which recruitment is contemplated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47391/13]

Photo of Alan ShatterAlan Shatter (Minister, Department of Justice, Equality and Defence; Dublin South, Fine Gael)
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The tables contain the strength of the Air Corps for each of the years 2011 and 2012 and to the 30th of September 2013, the latest date for which figures are available. I wish to advise the Deputy that the strength figures for the period 2011-2012 include personnel who were on secondment to, and being paid by other organisations, or on career breaks. The September 2013 strength figures have been calculated on the basis of actual numbers serving on that date, excluding those members who are on secondment to, and being paid by other organisations, or on career breaks. All future strength figures will be calculated on this basis.

As the Permanent Defence Force is currently below the agreed stabilised strength of 9,500, it is my intention that targeted recruitment will continue within the resource envelope allocated to Defence. To this end, the Air Corps is currently in the process of interviewing applicants for the purpose of inducting 20 Air Corps Apprentices in December 2013.

TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF THE AIR CORPS

31-Dec-11

LT
MAJ
BRIG
COL
LT
COMDT
CAPT
LT
TOTAL
SM
BQMS
CS
CQMS
SGTS
CPLS
TOTAL
PTES
CADETS
TOTAL
GEN
GEN
GEN
-
COL
-
-
-
OFFRS
-
-
-
-
-
-
NCOS
-
-
-
-
1
1
2
14
25
62
35
140
6
3
35
9
121
174
348
297
6
791
TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF THE AIR CORPS

31-Dec-12

LT
MAJ
BRIG
COL
LT
COMDT
CAPT
LT
TOTAL
SM
BQMS
CS
CQMS
SGTS
CPLS
TOTAL
PTES
CADETS
TOTAL
GEN
GEN
GEN
-
COL
-
-
-
OFFRS
-
-
-
-
-
-
NCOS
-
-
-
-
1
1
1
14
32
56
32
137
8
4
35
13
107
180
347
299
8
791
TABULAR STATEMENT

STRENGTH OF THE AIR CORPS

30-Sept-13

LT
MAJ
BRIG
COL
LT
COMDT
CAPT
LT
TOTAL
SM
BQMS
CS
CQMS
SGTS
CPLS
TOTAL
PTES
CADETS
TOTAL
GEN
GEN
GEN
-
COL
-
-
-
OFFRS
-
-
-
-
-
-
NCOS
-
-
-
-
-
1
2
14
30
60
32
139
8
4
48
14
126
160
360
268
17
784

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