Written answers

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Strength

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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101. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the strength of the Permanent Defence Force by rank and gender across the three services in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30375/19]

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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103. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of additional recruits to the Permanent Defence Force to date in 2019 with regard to the three services; the gender breakdown of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30377/19]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 101 and 103 together.

The most recent figures, as of 31 May 2019, give the whole-time equivalent strength of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) as 8,751 personnel. The requested breakdown is provided in the attached tables.

The military authorities have advised that, as of 30 June 2019, 185 personnel have been inducted, as detailed in the following table.

Total InductionsGeneral Service Recruits MaleGeneral Service Recruits FemaleGeneral Service Recruits TotalDirect Entry MaleDirect Entry FemaleDirect Entry Total
Army1391307137202
Naval4644145101
Total1851748182303

Recruitment and inductions will continue throughout 2019 to ensure the Defence Forces retain the capacity to operate effectively across all roles.

WTE (WHOLE TIME EQUIVALENT) STRENGTH OF THE PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCE 31 MAY 19

LTMAJBRIGCOLLTCOMDTCAPTLTTOTALSMBQMSCSCQMSSGTSCPLSTOTALPTESCADETSTOTAL
GENGENGENCOLOFFRSNCOS
ARMY125321042512752138832932112168854126324583660787079
AIR CORPS111135452812173461510114231424328706
NAVAL SERVICE00121454335015466701217214340938518966
TOTAL127351293403532911158424122819511271548318142881248,751

WTE STRENGTH OF FEMALES IN THE PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCE 31 MAY 19

LTMAJBRIGCOLLTCOMDTCAPTLTTOTALSMBQMSCSCQMSSGTSCPLSTOTALPTESCADETSTOTAL
GENGENGENCOLOFFRSNCOS
ARMY000123847331210029511011631999492
AIR CORPS0000028111001258165133
NAVAL SERVICE000009103220000781525264
TOTAL00012496537154003116311719422912589

WTE STRENGTH OF MALES IN THE PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCE 31 MAY 19

LTMAJBRIGCOLLTCOMDTCAPTLTTOTALSMBQMSCSCQMSSGTSCPLSTOTALPTESCADETSTOTAL
GENGENGENCOLOFFRSNCOS
ARMY125311022132281807622932110159803116222953461696587
AIR CORPS0011113337271107345139613429823827673
NAVAL SERVICE00121445234713266701216513539436016902
TOTAL127341272912882541004424122518410641431298740591128162

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