88. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence the number of females within the Defence Forces who were promoted in 2014 and to date in 2015, by rank; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20878/15 asked on 27 May 2015 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for men and women throughout the Defence Forces and to the full participation by women in all aspects of Defence Forces activities. Unlike many other national armed forces, the Defence Forces have no restrictions as regards the assignment of men or women to the full range of operational and administrative duties. All promotions and career courses are open on the basis of competence and capab...

103. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel, by rank, who retired in the years 2013 and 2014 and to date in 2015. (Question 18006/15 asked on 07 May 2015 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The number of personnel who left the Defence Forces in the period 1st January 2013 to 1st May 2015 was 1,125. A detailed breakdown of these personnel by rank is contained in the table below. 
Defence Forces Discharges by Rank, 1 January 2013 to 1 May 2015 
 Rank 2013 2014 2015 Total Lieutenant General 1 0 0 1 Brigadier General 1 2 0 3 Colonel 3 8 2 13 Lieutenant Colonel 12 16 2 30 Commandant 20 28 9...

539. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence the position regarding the review being undertaken into the age limits applicable to serving members of the Defence Forces who joined after 1994; and if he will advise on the prospects for members who entered the Defence Forces after 1994. (Question 2807/14 asked on 21 Jan 2014 - Defence Forces Personnel)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 538 and 539 together. 
The unsatisfactory age and fitness profile of the Permanent Defence Force was an issue of serious concern during the 1990s and was the subject of severe criticism by a series of external reports, mainly Price Waterhouse Consultants and the Efficiency Audit Group (EAG). One of the key areas identified for urgent action by the EAG was the development of a manpower policy with an emphasis on lowerin...

93. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence the number of women at each rank above the rank of second lieutenant in the Defence Forces. (Question 54945/12 asked on 06 Dec 2012 - Defence Forces Personnel)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): As of 31 October 2012 there were 141 women serving above the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Defence Forces. Of these, 50 were Lieutenants, 57 were Captains, 32 were Commandants and 2 were Lieutenant Colonels. The Government is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for men and women throughout the Defence Forces and to the full participation by women in all aspects of Defence Forces activities. Unlike many other national armed forces, the Defen...

197. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence the number of promotions at each rank that have been approved in the Air Corps and the Naval Service in 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50618/12 asked on 15 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Personnel)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The following tabular statement sets out the number of promotions which have occurred or are in train in the Air Corps and Naval Service in each of the years 2010, 2011 and to 13 November 2012. Competitions for promotions for enlisted personnel have been completed and promotions are on-going from which there will be further promotions in the Air Corps and Naval Service. Officer Promotion competitions will commence later this month from which in due c...