Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Department of Defence
Defence Forces Personnel
10. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason a person (details supplied) has not had a response to the application submitted 12 weeks ago to rejoin the Army; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11088/20]
On 1 April last, I announced a scheme to provide for the re-enlistment of former enlisted members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) who have the skills and expertise required to fill posts in the PDF which require specialised skills, where vacancies exist.
The scheme is intended to support the Defence Forces in responding to capability demands in the short to medium term and will allow for initial re-enlistment for a minimum of six months and up to 3 years.
Since the launch of the scheme in April, some 637 applications have been received with over 500 going forward for further assessment within the Defence Forces. Given the numbers involved and the need for a consistent and transparent approach across all the Corps, also within the parameters of public health restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 crisis, this process is taking some time. Individuals are also required to meet eligibility criteria such as medical and physical fitness.
I am advised by the Military Authorities that contact will be made with this applicant shortly in order to advise him of the status of his application.