Thursday, 5 December 2019
Department of Defence
Defence Forces Strength
46. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the strength of the Permanent Defence Forces as of 30 November 2019; the breakdown of each rank across the three services; the gender breakdown of same in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50850/19]
48. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of additional recruits the Permanent Defence Forces have taken on in 2019 as of 30 November 2019 with regard to the three services; the gender breakdown of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50852/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 46 and 48 together.
The following table shows the strength of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) as at 31 October 2019, the latest date for which such data is available, broken down by rank, service and gender.
As at 30th November 2019, 605 personnel (of which 42 were female) were inducted into the Permanent Defence Force. In addition, 10 (of which 2 were female) PDF serving soldiers were awarded a cadetship.
Of those inducted, 503 were General Service Recruits and the following table provides the requested breakdown of these Recruits.
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