Written Answers - Defence Forces Recruitment.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 664 No. 4

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  74.  Deputy Pat Rabbitte  Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte   asked the Minister for Defence  Information on Willie O'Dea  Zoom on Willie O'Dea   the number of recruits that will be taken into the Defence Forces throughout 2008, broken down in respect of the Army, Air [902]Corps and Naval Service; the number expected to be recruited during 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35893/08]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Willie O’Dea): Information on Willie O'Dea  Zoom on Willie O'Dea  Earlier this year the projected figure for recruitment to the Permanent Defence Force in 2008 was in the region of 690 general service recruits, 30 apprentices 45 Cadets.

To date in 2008 a total of 506 general service recruits have been enlisted of which 440 were to the Army and 66 to the Naval Service. Following the Cadetship Competition 41 Cadets commenced their cadet training on 29 September, 2008. I have been advised by the military authorities that the Permanent Defence Forces is currently at its maximum permitted strength.

In common with other areas of the public service a payroll cut of 3% has been applied to the Defence Forces for 2009.

Recruitment to the Defence Forces will be rescheduled in order to meet the revised allocation. This will be planned so as to ensure that key roles of the Defence Forces are not affected. It is not therefore possible to provide details of the expected level of recruitment for 2009 at this time.

Question No. 75 answered with Question No. 30.


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