Written Answers - Defence Forces Strength

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 711 No. 4

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  267.  Deputy Deirdre Clune  Information on Deirdre Clune  Zoom on Deirdre Clune   asked the Minister for Defence  Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen   the number of members of the Defence Forces who have retired, resigned or left for other reasons for the years 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24367/10]

  268.  Deputy Deirdre Clune  Information on Deirdre Clune  Zoom on Deirdre Clune   asked the Minister for Defence  Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen   the breakdown of the number of members of the Defence Forces who have retired, resigned or left for other reasons for the years 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010, by rank in tabular form; the number of persons who have left the Defence Forces over the same period on a county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24368/10]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Tony Killeen): Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen  I propose to take Questions Nos. 267 and 268 together.

[961]The number of Defence Forces personnel who have retired, resigned or left the organisation between 2008 and 30 April 2010, the latest date for which figures are currently available, is set out in the tabular statements according to rank and County in the case of the PDF and rank and Brigade in the case of the RDF.

Within the available resources, the Government is committed to maintaining the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at a level of 10,000 all ranks, for which Government approval has been secured in the context of Budget 2010. This reflects the reductions in personnel recommended in the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes.

I intend, with the support of the Chief of Staff and within the resources available, to retain the capacity of the organisation to operate effectively across all roles while contributing to the necessary public service economies. I am advised that, at this time, the Defence Forces retain the capacity to undertake the tasks laid down by Government at home and overseas.

PERSONNEL DISCHARGED FROM THE PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCE 1 JAN 2008-30 APR 2010

LT GEN MAJ GEN BRIG GEN COL LT COL Comdt LT 2/LT Total Offrs SGT MAJ BQMS CQMS SGT CPL Total NCO PTE3* PTE2* Appren. Recruit Total
2008 1 1 13 25 7 1 1 49 4 1 16 22 76 70 189 162 28 149 2 579
2009 2 3 14 18 33 10 0 2 82 9 12 22 25 94 62 224 184 15 3 7 2 517
2010 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 6 1 1 3 4 8 17 34 33 4 0 0 0 77

PERSONNEL DISCHARGED FROM THE PERMANENT DEFENCE FORCE 1 JAN 2008-30 APR 2010 BY COUNTY

PROVINCE COUNTY NO. OF PERS
ULSTER ANTRIM 10
ARMAGH 3
CAVAN 26
DERRY 5
DONEGAL 58
DOWN 6
FERMANAGH 2
MONAGHAN 22
TYRONE 3
LEINSTER CARLOW 11
DUBLIN 242
KILDARE 144
KILKENNY 36
LAOIS 11
LONGFORD 22
LOUTH 49
MEATH 35
OFFALY 18
WESTMEATH 71
WEXFORD 13
WICKLOW 17
MUNSTER CLARE 12
CORK 179
KERRY 14
LIMERICK 30
TIPPERARY 28
WATERFORD 9
CONNAUGHT GALWAY 50
LEITRIM 6
MAYO 8
ROSCOMMON 20
SLIGO 13

2008 LT COL CAPT LT 2LT Total Officers BQMS CQMS SGT CPL NCOS PTES Grand Total
2 Eastern Bde RDF 1 4 6 2 2 15 1 3 18 34 56 277 348
1 Southern Bde RDF 10 10 1 2 23 2 1 4 2 17 66 92 489 604
4 Western Bde RDF 1 5 2 2 10 1 2 3 20 86 112 389 511
RDF Training 1 1 0 1
Naval Service Res 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 7 26 35
Total 2 21 19 5 4 51 3 2 8 9 57 188 267 1,181 1,499

2009 LT COL CAPT LT 2LT Total Officers BQMS CQMS SGT CPL NCOS PTES Grand Total
2 Eastern Bde RDF 1 4 5 1 1 1 3 19 21 46 267 318
1 Southern Bde RDF 1 7 1 2 4 15 1 1 7 3 15 27 54 210 279
4 Western Bde RDF 4 4 3 11 2 3 15 56 76 278 365
RDF Training 1 1 0 1
Naval Service Res 1 1 0 13 14
Total 2 12 9 6 4 33 2 2 10 9 49 104 176 768 977

2010 LT COL CAPT LT 2LT Total Officers BQMS CQMS SGT CPL NCOS PTES Grand Total
2 Eastern Bde RDF 0 4 36 40 78 118
1 Southern Bde RDF 1 2 2 5 2 3 5 33 43
4 Western Bde RDF 2 1 3 1 12 19 32 81 116
RDF Training 0 0 0
Naval Service Res 1 1 2 1 3 21 25
Total 0 3 4 2 0 9 0 0 1 0 20 59 80 213 302

  269.  Deputy Deirdre Clune  Information on Deirdre Clune  Zoom on Deirdre Clune   asked the Minister for Defence  Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen   the strength of the Defence Forces for each year between 2006 and 2010; the number of recruits that joined the Defence Forces each year between 2006 and 2010; the number of those persons currently retiring or resigning from the Defence Forces that will be replaced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24369/10]

[963]Minister for Defence (Deputy Tony Killeen): Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen  The strength of the Defence Forces for each year between 2006 and 2009 and as at 30 April 2010, the latest date for which figures are currently available, is set out in the tabular statement. The number of recruits that joined the Defence Forces for the same period is also set out.

Within the available resources, the Government is committed to maintaining the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at a level of 10,000 all ranks, for which Government approval has been secured in the context of Budget 2010. This reflects the reductions in personnel recommended in the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes.

Targeted recruitment will be carried out in 2010 to maintain the operational capability of the Defence Forces. In this regard, I have recently approved the recruitment of 40 recruits to the Naval Service. In addition, the Military authorities will shortly advertise for some limited recruitment to the Army.

In terms of the Reserve Defence Force, limited recruitment is continuing subject to the overall strength level that existed at 1 January 2009 (7,671) not being exceeded. The limited recruitment will also be monitored and kept under review in the light of the uptake of paid training within the RDF and the future budgetary provision available to the Department. Work has also commenced on a Value for Money Review of the Reserve and the findings of this Review will, inter alia, inform the future plans for the Reserve. I intend, with the support of the Chief of Staff and within the resources available, to retain the capacity of the organisation to operate effectively across all roles while contributing to the necessary public service economies.

I am advised that, at this time, the Defence Forces retain the capacity to undertake the tasks laid down by Government at home and overseas.

STRENGTH OF DEFENCE FORCES 2006-2010

YEAR PDF STRENGTH RDF STRENGTH
2006 10,479 9,134
2007 10,434 8,408
2008 10,409 7,671
2009 9,933 6,644
2010* 9,856 6,304

PDF RECRUITMENT 2006-2010

Year General Service Recruits Cadets Apprentices Instrumentalists DF School of Music Direct Entry Officers Total
2006 559 55 56 2 4 676
2007 565 48 28 4 4 649
2008 507 41 1 4 553
2009 42 4 46
2010 0

[964]RDF RECRUITMENT 2006-2010

Year No. Recruited
2006 1,124
2007 972
2008 1,037
2009 544
2010 107


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