17. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to scrap or lower intelligence tests which are used to select recruits to the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20387/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I am aware of recent media reports that Psychometric Tests may be scrapped for Defence Forces recruitment and that the Department of Defence is “looking at dropping or lowering the bar on psychometric testing”. This is factually incorrect and misleading.
The Defence Forces utilise Psychometric Tests, as distinct from intelligence tests, during the recruitment process. They have advised that, according to the latest research, psy...

52. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which recruitment to the Defence Forces is likely to adequately replenish the strength of each branch of the Defence Forces in early date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20719/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 52 and 53 together.
There are significant recruitment opportunities currently available in the Defence Forces, at both enlisted and officer level, for eligible individuals who wish to have a rewarding and positive career in service to the State.
In 2018, an intake of some 800 personnel across a range of recruitment streams is anticipated. To achieve this, targeted recruitment has been and is curr...

53. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of women that have retired or resigned from the Defence Forces for whatever reason in each of the past five years to date; his plans for their replacement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20720/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 52 and 53 together.
There are significant recruitment opportunities currently available in the Defence Forces, at both enlisted and officer level, for eligible individuals who wish to have a rewarding and positive career in service to the State.
In 2018, an intake of some 800 personnel across a range of recruitment streams is anticipated. To achieve this, targeted recruitment has been and is curr...

63. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which promotional vacancies remain to be filled in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20730/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The following table outlines the promotional posts vacant within the PDF, by Army, Air Corps and Naval Service as at 31st March 2018, the latest date for which such figures are available. 
The manpower requirement of the Defence Forces is monitored on an ongoing basis in accordance with the operational requirements of each of the three services. In this regard, promotions are ongoing within the officer ranks in order to fill ran...

140. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the measures or initiatives planned to encourage more persons to seek a career in the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15960/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 and 141 together.
The nature of military service requires that the age and health profile of personnel in the Defence Forces must be appropriately managed to ensure that capability requirements are met. In this context, the Defence Forces have a higher level of turnover than other areas of the public service and this is a feature of military organisations internationally.
Rates of pay and con...

141. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the initiatives he will introduce to retain Defence Forces members and discourage them from leaving the Defence Forces for the private sector, particularly within the Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15961/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 and 141 together.
The nature of military service requires that the age and health profile of personnel in the Defence Forces must be appropriately managed to ensure that capability requirements are met. In this context, the Defence Forces have a higher level of turnover than other areas of the public service and this is a feature of military organisations internationally.
Rates of pay and con...

45. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason a person (details supplied) was refused entry into the Defence Forces despite having passed their psychometric testing, interview and medical examination; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12832/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): In order to be enlisted as a General Service Recruit, applicants are required to pass all stages of the recruitment process. These include Physical Fitness Test, Psychometric Test, Interview, Medical Examination and Security Clearance. 
In relation to this particular case, the Military Authorities have advised that the individual referred to did not satisfy all the requirements for enlistment in the Permanent Defence Force. He...

55. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his recruitment plans for 2018; the extent to which it is planned to increase the strength of the Defence Forces in the course thereof; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10389/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 69 together.
It is anticipated that in the region of 800 personnel, comprising of General Service Recruits, Apprentices, Cadets and Direct Entry Officers will be recruited to the Permanent Defence Force in 2018. A competition for Air Corps Aircraft Technicians was launched on 2 March 2018 and plans for the initiation of further competitions are currently being finalised. 
The White Paper ...

64. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the recruitment targets for the 2018 intake in view of the opening of RDF recruitment to take place in April 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10196/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The White Paper on Defence (2015) provides for a Permanent Defence Force (PDF) strength of 9,500 personnel and the Government is committed to ensuring that the PDF reaches this strength level. In this context, the Government has ensured that there is sufficient funding in place to provide for a full strength of 9,500 PDF personnel. 
The PDF has a higher turnover level than other elements of the Public Service and this is not a ...

69. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the allocation to his Department for the purposes of recruitment of Defence Forces personnel in 2018; and if he has requested an additional allocation to meet the costs of recruitment in the Defence Forces. (Question 10204/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 69 together.
It is anticipated that in the region of 800 personnel, comprising of General Service Recruits, Apprentices, Cadets and Direct Entry Officers will be recruited to the Permanent Defence Force in 2018. A competition for Air Corps Aircraft Technicians was launched on 2 March 2018 and plans for the initiation of further competitions are currently being finalised. 
The White Paper ...

36. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which young unemployed persons have been able to join the Defence Forces; if a specific programme exists in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10731/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Defence Forces accept applications from all individuals who meet the requisite criteria for the various competitions that are advertised. There is no specific advertising or recruitment aimed at those who are unemployed. The Defence Forces require men and women from all backgrounds that possess a strong sense of duty, enjoy working as part of a team, and are looking for a rewarding yet challenging career. 
The White Paper on...

109. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the funding allocated to recruitment in the Defence Forces over each of the past five years; the annual number of recruits over the period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8266/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The military authorities have advised that their recruitment funding allocation amounted to approximately €95,000 each year over the past 5 years.  This forms part of the broader recruitment and Public Relations (PR) efforts.  PR for the Defence Forces, by its nature, whilst geared towards communicating the roles of the Defence Forces and activities undertaken, also highlights the attractiveness of the Permanent Defence Force as...

111. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the estimated cost associated with initiatives aimed at increasing female participation in the Defence Forces; the funding allocated to initiatives aimed at improving the female participation rate in the Defence Forces. (Question 8268/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Within the Defence Forces, the budget allocated for recruitment does not ring fence funding for initiatives aimed exclusively at women.  The general recruitment campaigns target both men and women and they succeed in portraying the DF as a career for women by showing existing female members of the Defence Forces in their everyday roles.
However special consideration is paid to women as a target group for recruitment.  Within the...

47. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the minimum criteria for recruitment into the Army; the reason a person (details supplied) did not meet the minimum criteria; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3741/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Entry to the Permanent Defence Force is either through the Cadetship Competition, Apprenticeship Competition, General Service Enlistment, or Direct Entry Competitions, which are held to fill vacancies in specialist appointments. To apply for any of the above entry streams, applicants must meet all of the eligibility criteria, as laid down in Defence Forces Regulations, and/or the conditions governing a particular competition. T...

10. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the position regarding Defence Forces recruitment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3254/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 10, 42 and 43 together.
The Government is committed to maintaining the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel, as set out in the White Paper on Defence.
To achieve this, there is significant on-going recruitment. In 2017 some 751 new personnel were inducted into the Permanent Defence Force, comprising of General Service Recruits, Cadets and specialists for the Army, Air Corps ...

42. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the numbers serving in the Permanent Defence Force at the end of 2017; the projected number of enlisted personnel for 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3357/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 10, 42 and 43 together.
The Government is committed to maintaining the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel, as set out in the White Paper on Defence.
To achieve this, there is significant on-going recruitment. In 2017 some 751 new personnel were inducted into the Permanent Defence Force, comprising of General Service Recruits, Cadets and specialists for the Army, Air Corps ...

43. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when he expects the Permanent Defence Force numbers to reach the agreed ceiling of 9,500; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3457/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 10, 42 and 43 together.
The Government is committed to maintaining the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel, as set out in the White Paper on Defence.
To achieve this, there is significant on-going recruitment. In 2017 some 751 new personnel were inducted into the Permanent Defence Force, comprising of General Service Recruits, Cadets and specialists for the Army, Air Corps ...

48. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of qualified physical training instructors the Defence Forces has to oversee annual fitness tests, recruit induction fitness tests and general physical training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3655/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 48 and 50 together.
Application for General Service Recruitment to the Defence Forces in conducted on-line and all correspondence with applicants is conducted via e-mail. Candidates must successfully complete fitness testing, online psychometric testing and interview in order to progress through the competition. Following these stages of the recruitment process, successful applicants may be pla...

50. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the length of time it takes between a potential member submitting the online application to join the Defence Forces and when they formally begin training; the steps being taken to speed up the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3657/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 48 and 50 together.
Application for General Service Recruitment to the Defence Forces in conducted on-line and all correspondence with applicants is conducted via e-mail. Candidates must successfully complete fitness testing, online psychometric testing and interview in order to progress through the competition. Following these stages of the recruitment process, successful applicants may be pla...

125. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the expected number of recruits who will be taken into the Defence Forces in 2018. (Question 55190/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): In accordance with the White Paper on Defence (2015), the Government is committed to maintaining the strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel.  Recruitment to fill vacancies will take place during 2018 and this will be informed by levels of turnover during the course of the year.
The Defence Forces will be conducting recruitment campaigns for General Service Recruits, Cadets, Apprentices and Direct Entry Office...

285. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if a new recruitment drive for the Naval Service will occur in early 2018. (Question 53358/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Government is committed to maintaining the stabilised strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel, comprising of 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service.
The manpower requirements of the Permanent Defence Force are monitored on an ongoing basis in accordance with the operational requirements of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service. As there has always been a relatively large turnover of personnel i...

292. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to fill vacancies at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47454/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Following the lifting of the embargo on recruitment to the Public Service, the military authorities have been identifying posts to be filled at various locations throughout the country on a prioritised basis. Competitions to fill posts identified by the military authorities are initiated following assessment of the business requirement for the posts. Posts in Custume Barracks, Athlone, are currently the subject of this ongoing...

1369. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when a person (details supplied) will be called to serve in the Defence Forces. (Question 45661/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): In order to be enlisted as a General Service Recruit, applicants are required to pass all stages of the recruitment process. These include Physical Fitness Test, Psychometric Test, Interview, Medical Examination and Security Clearance.
In relation to this particular case, the Military Authorities have advised that the individual referred to did not satisfy the requirements for enlistment in the Permanent Defence Force. He was ...

1386. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if 70% of persons that have applied recently to the Defence Forces through its targeted recruitment campaigns did not subsequently present themselves for the initial physical fitness test; the number of persons that submitted the initial recruitment application form but failed to attend the initial physical test; and the number of persons that attended the initial physical fitness test but failed to reach the basic level of physical competency and were rejected to date in 2017, by month, in tabular form. (Question 46752/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The information requested by the Deputy is being compiled by the military authorities. I will revert to him as soon as it is available. 
 ...

42. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if there will be a particular emphasis on the Border region due to Brexit in the Army recruitment campaign. (Question 44070/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As part of a whole of Government approach, the Department of Defence is engaged in forward planning for the UK exit from the EU. While the full implications for the border will emerge during the course of the negotiations, it is this Government’s stated goal to try to ensure that the current on-island border arrangements are maintained to the greatest extent possible. From the defence perspective, the fact of a UK exit from th...