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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Data

Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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16. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of vacancies in the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service in tabular form. [6246/20]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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The following table details the establishment, strength and vacancies of the Permanent Defence Force, as of the 30th April 2020:

Branch Establishment Strength (WTE) Vacancies
Army 7,520 6,867 653
Air Corps 886 726 160
Naval Service 1,094 892 202
Total 9,500 8,485 1,015

The Government remains committed to returning to, and maintaining the agreed strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel as set out in the White Paper on Defence (2015) and, in that context, recruitment is ongoing.

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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17. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the vacancies among instructors in the Defence Forces across each branch. [6377/20]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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It has not been possible to collate the information requested by the Deputy in the timeframe available. I shall provide the figures to the Deputy when they have been collated.

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