Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Dáil Eireann Debate
74. Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Defence the number of recruits that will be taken into the Defence Forces throughout 2008, broken down in respect of the Army, Air 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): 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.
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.
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