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)

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 57
Captain 21 21 9 51
Lieutenant 2 8 3 13
Sergeant Major 0 5 0 5
Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant 1 5 2 8
Company Sergeant 11 19 4 34
Company Quartermaster Sergeant 14 13 3 30
Sergeant 51 44 22 117
Corporal 59 39 22 120
Private 272 269 92 633
Cadets 2 5 3 10
Total Discharges 470 482 173 1,125