Written Answers. - Number of Acting Commissioned Officers.

Tuesday, 22 March 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 440 No. 4

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  217.  Mr. S. Ryan  Information on Seán Ryan  Zoom on Seán Ryan   asked the Minister for Defence  Information on David Andrews  Zoom on David Andrews   the number of acting paid Commissioned Officers categorised by rank, corps and command in Na Buan Oglaigh, first line reserve, FCÁ and Slua Muirí; the rationale for these; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Minister for Defence (Mr. Andrews): Information on David Andrews  Zoom on David Andrews  There were 161 officers of the Permanent Defence Force serving in acting ranks on 1 March 1994. A breakdown of this number by rank, Corps and Command is given in the following schedule. Promotion to acting rank mainly arises when officers are promoted to fill temporary vacancies created by the assignment of personnel on duty overseas. On 1 March 1994 there were 137 officers serving overseas.

Officers promoted on an acting basis to serve overseas revert to their substantive rank on return from such duty. Other officers promoted on an acting basis are normally made substantive in their new rank after a period of service in an acting capacity. Pay and allowances are the same for acting and substantive ranks. There are no officers of the Reserve of Officers serving in acting ranks.

Schedule

Corps Major General Lieutenant Colonel Commandant Captain Lieutenant Total
Infantry 1 2 39 16 10 68
Artillery 1 4 4 9
Cavalry 1 2 3 6
Signals 1 1 2 2 6
Ordnance 1 1
Supply and Transport 1 5 7 1 14
Medical 3 3
Military Police 2 2
Air Corps 13 8 6 27
Naval Service 3 14 3 5 25
Totals 1 9 83 44 24 161
Commands
Army Headquarters 1 2 9 3 15
Eastern 23 11 5 39
Southern 1 8 7 3 19
Western 6 2 5 13
Curragh 3 10 10 23
Air Corps 13 8 6 27
Naval Service 3 14 3 5 25
Totals 1 9 83 44 24 161


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