Written answers

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Reserve Recruitment

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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73. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of additional recruits the Reserve Defence Forces have taken on to date in 2019 with regard to each service; the gender breakdown of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45659/19]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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I am advised by the military authorities that, as of 31 October 2019, 102 new members have been inducted into the Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve, broken down as follows:

Total number inducted Number of females inducted
Army Reserve (AR) 85 8
Naval Service Reserve (NSR) 17 2

The Government remains committed to on-going recruitment in the RDF. A recent open competition for recruitment to both the AR and NSR closed on 20 October 2019 and it is anticipated that further recruitment will arise from this.


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