Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Defence

Defence Forces Reserve

Photo of James BrowneJames Browne (Wexford, Fianna Fail)
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9. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the strength of the Reserve Defence Forces as of 31 May 2020 with regard to all three services and all ranks; the gender breakdown of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10859/20]

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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The Reserve Defence Force, RDF, is comprised of the First Line Reserve, FLR, the Army Reserve, AR and the Naval Service Reserve, NSR. 

The effective strength of the Army Reserve (AR) and Naval Service Reserve (NSR), as of 31 May 2020, are set out as follows:

The breakdown of females of the Army Reserve and Naval Service Reserve for the same period is as follows:-

The substantive strength of the First line Reserve for the same period is as follows:- 

ARMY 1 13 137 151
AIR CORPS 4 21 25
NAVAL SERVICE 3 14 87 104
TOTAL 4 31 245 280
*The gender breakdown of the FLR is not available

The Government appreciates the service of the Reserve Defence Force and recognises its importance in contributing to Ireland's defence capability.  The White Paper on Defence (2015) sets out a developmental path for the RDF.


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