207. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Defence if his Department or the Defence Forces has privatised or outsourced any part or all of the selection process for potential recruits to the Defence Forces, including psychological or behavioural testing; the parts or processes and the companies or persons that have received contracts and the value of same; the reason for doing this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40212/13 asked on 26 Sep 2013 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): The day to day administration of recruitment to the Permanent Defence Force is the responsibility of the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces. The Military Authorities have advised that the administration for the last General Service Recruitment campaign, which was held in 2012, along with the 2012 Army and Naval Service Cadetship Competitions was carried out by Permanent Defence Force personnel with assistance provided by the Public Appointments Serv...

489. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Defence the reason the recruitment campaign to the Defence Forces was not conducted internally within the Defence Forces or within the Public Service; the reason it was necessary to outsource part of this process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51222/12 asked on 20 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 488 and 489 together. 
The Military Authorities have advised that the 2012 General Service Recruitment campaign along with the Army and Naval Service Cadetship Competitions were carried out by Permanent Defence Force personnel with assistance provided by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) in the staging of the Psychometric Testing element of these competitions. Normally there is no payment accruing to PAS, however, ...

848. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the strength of each branch of the Defence Forces; if the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps are below strength in areas which might impede an effective response; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32983/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 66 and 848 together.
The Government is committed to maintaining a strength level of 9,500 personnel for the Permanent Defence Force (PDF). This comprises 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service personnel, as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. The current strength (Whole Time Equivalent) of the PDF as of the 31st May 2017 (the latest date for which figures are available) is 9,0...

66. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which optimum strength of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps continues to be achieved; the extent of recruitment likely or required in the short and medium term as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32484/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 66 and 848 together.
The Government is committed to maintaining a strength level of 9,500 personnel for the Permanent Defence Force (PDF). This comprises 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service personnel, as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. The current strength (Whole Time Equivalent) of the PDF as of the 31st May 2017 (the latest date for which figures are available) is 9,0...

64. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the position regarding the general service and cadet recruitment campaigns he launched earlier in 2017; the number of applications received; when the process is expected to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32512/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 40 and 64 together.
 The Government is committed to maintaining a strength level of 9,500 personnel for the Permanent Defence Force. This comprises 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service personnel, as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence.
 The manpower requirement of the Defence Forces is monitored on an ongoing basis in accordance with operational requirements. As there is si...

40. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the position regarding recruitment to the Permanent Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32093/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 40 and 64 together.
 The Government is committed to maintaining a strength level of 9,500 personnel for the Permanent Defence Force. This comprises 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service personnel, as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence.
 The manpower requirement of the Defence Forces is monitored on an ongoing basis in accordance with operational requirements. As there is si...

488. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Defence the cost of the external agencies involved in the recent recruitment campaign to the Defence Forces; if he will provide the name of the company; the fee structure involved; the total cost incurred in this process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51221/12 asked on 20 Nov 2012 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 488 and 489 together. 
The Military Authorities have advised that the 2012 General Service Recruitment campaign along with the Army and Naval Service Cadetship Competitions were carried out by Permanent Defence Force personnel with assistance provided by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) in the staging of the Psychometric Testing element of these competitions. Normally there is no payment accruing to PAS, however, ...

2287. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when the Defence Forces will be accepting applications for cadets and general service personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27625/17 asked on 20 Jun 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, comprising of 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service personnel, as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. 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. As there is significant turnover of perso...

566. Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Defence when he will open recruitment for the Defence Forces; the recruitment process which applicants would need to undertake; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8881/14 asked on 25 Feb 2014 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 31 January 2014, the latest date for which details are available, was 9,198, comprising, 7,403 Army, 775 Air Corps and, 1,020 Naval Service personnel. Recruitment of personnel to the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps is determined in line with the operational requirements of each of the three services. As the Permanent Defence Force is currently below the ag...

110. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Defence his plans to engage in further recruitment to the cadets corps of the Permanent Defence Forces in addition to the 20 who have already been recruited; if some of those who have been selected as being suitable and are on a waiting list will be facilitated in the near future; the likely timescale for further recruitment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36246/14 asked on 25 Sep 2014 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The 2014 Cadetship Competition for the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service has been conducted and 39 Cadetships are being awarded, comprising of 20 Army to include 2 Equitation School, 9 Air Corps and 10 Naval Service Cadetships. The intake of Cadets into the Permanent Defence Force is normally carried out on an annual basis taking into consideration the operational requirements of the Defence Forces and the resource envelope allocated to Defence. The ...

822. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which he expects the next recruitment campaign to augment numbers in the Defence Forces at all levels in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13372/14 asked on 25 Mar 2014 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 822, 826 and 830 together.
I announced the launch of a new recruitment campaign for Enlisted Personnel in both the Permanent and the Reserve Defence Force on Friday, 7 March 2014. The Government is committed to maintaining the stabilised strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel and this current campaign will enable this to be achieved.
Recruitment of personnel to the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps ...

355. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Defence his plans for a recruitment drive for the Naval Service and for the Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36550/15 asked on 20 Oct 2015 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): 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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 31 August 2015, the latest date for which details are available, was 9,082, comprising 7,337 Army, 726 Air Corps and 1,019 Naval Ser...

830. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide details of the new recruitment campaign for the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12946/14 asked on 25 Mar 2014 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 822, 826 and 830 together.
I announced the launch of a new recruitment campaign for Enlisted Personnel in both the Permanent and the Reserve Defence Force on Friday, 7 March 2014. The Government is committed to maintaining the stabilised strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel and this current campaign will enable this to be achieved.
Recruitment of personnel to the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps ...

826. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the extent to which any particular emphasis might be placed on encouraging the young unemployed to join the Defence Forces in the context of the forthcoming recruitment campaign; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13376/14 asked on 25 Mar 2014 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 822, 826 and 830 together.
I announced the launch of a new recruitment campaign for Enlisted Personnel in both the Permanent and the Reserve Defence Force on Friday, 7 March 2014. The Government is committed to maintaining the stabilised strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel and this current campaign will enable this to be achieved.
Recruitment of personnel to the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps ...

632. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Defence if there are any competitions being held for recruitment to the cadet corps; if he will provide full details of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18527/14 asked on 30 Apr 2014 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Arrangements are currently underway to hold a Cadetship Competition for the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service in 2014. It is planned to award a total of 40 cadetships from this competition comprising twenty (20) Army, nine (9) Air Corps and eleven (11) Naval Service. Details of the competition will be made available on the Defence Forces website www.military.ie when the competition commences.
 ...

113. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide the details of average cuts paid by his Department and those under his aegis to recruitment and temporary employment agencies, that is the proportion of the fee paid from State funding to such agencies received by the worker and the proportion by the agency. (Question 42705/14 asked on 06 Nov 2014 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 113 and 114 together. 
My Department uses employment agencies to provide agency nursing staff when required, to provide cover for army nurses at military installations. The costs on an annual basis in the period 2011 to date are as follows:
 Year Total Payment 2011 €133,850 2012 €283,685 2013 €286,261 2014 (to date) €226,238 

The payments to these agencies include the following elements:
- Gross Nurs...

114. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide an annual breakdown of the fees paid to recruitment and employment agencies by his Department and those under his aegis. (Question 42718/14 asked on 06 Nov 2014 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 113 and 114 together. 
My Department uses employment agencies to provide agency nursing staff when required, to provide cover for army nurses at military installations. The costs on an annual basis in the period 2011 to date are as follows:
 Year Total Payment 2011 €133,850 2012 €283,685 2013 €286,261 2014 (to date) €226,238 

The payments to these agencies include the following elements:
- Gross Nurs...

180. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Defence when he will commence the application process for recruitment to the Irish Army in 2017; the entrance criteria he will set; the educational criteria he will set for applicants from the North of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8335/16 asked on 26 Apr 2016 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): 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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. 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, the establishment of the Permanent Defence Force and available resou...

1737. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the lack of success in addressing the reduced numbers in the Defence Forces, even after his own Department’s recruitment campaign; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35504/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Government is committed to maintaining a strength level of 9,500 personnel for the Permanent Defence Force. This comprises 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service personnel, as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. The manpower requirement of the Defence Forces is monitored on an ongoing basis in accordance with operational requirements. As there is significant turnover of personnel in the Permanent Defence Fo...

120. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence if there will be a recruitment drive for the Naval Service this year; if so, if he will provide details of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26754/15 asked on 02 Jul 2015 - Naval Service Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): 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. Targeted recruitment has taken place so as to maintain the level of 9,500 personnel and to ensure the operational capacity of the Defence Forces. A recruitment competition for General Service Recruits for the Naval Service took place from 6 March 2015 to 27 March 2015. ...

49. Deputy James Browne asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to fill important vacancies across the Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7106/17 asked on 15 Feb 2017 - Air Corps Strength)

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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence.
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. As there is significant turnover of personne...

684. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if a recruitment drive for the Air Corps will occur in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31065/17 asked on 04 Jul 2017 - Air Corps 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, comprising of 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service personnel, as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence.
The Air Corps (Pilot Officer) Cadetship competition was launched at the end of March 2017. There are currently 3 Cadet Classes, comprising 26 personnel, at various stages of their Pilot Officer ‘Wings C...

99. Deputy Áine Collins asked the Minister for Defence when he will open applications for cadets to the Naval Service. (Question 3400/16 asked on 27 Jan 2016 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government is committed to maintaining the establishment of at least 9,500 in the Permanent Defence Force, comprising of 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. 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. As there is significant turnover of personnel in the Permanent Defence Fo...

30. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the strength of the Defence Forces, including Reserves, Army, Naval Service and Air Corps; the number of women in each branch of the services; the likelihood of recruitment following retirements now and over the next ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10725/18 asked on 06 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table:
    Males (WTE)  Females (WTE) Total  Army   6,870 482   7,352 Air Corps  700  35  735 Naval Service  981  70  1,052 Army Reserve  1,421* 232*  1,653 Naval Service Reserve  103*  21*  124 

WTE - Whole Time Equivalent
* - Effective Personnel
The 2015 White Paper on Defence commits to maintaining the strength of the PDF at 9,500 per...

1326. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will provide a progress report on increases to personnel in the Army, Air Corps, Naval Service and Reserve to meet the proposals in the White Paper on Defence. (Question 12822/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The 2015 White Paper on Defence commits to maintaining the strength of the Permanent Defence Forces at 9,500 personnel, comprising of 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. As at 28 February 2017 the strength of the Permanent Defence Forces stands at 9,070 (Whole Time Equivalent) i.e. 7293 Army, 701 Air Corps and 1,076 Naval Service personnel. With the support of the Chief...

265. Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Defence if he will have a recruitment drive for the Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2177/16 asked on 19 Jan 2016 - Air Corps Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): 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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 30 November 2015, the latest date for which details are available, was 9103 comprising 7307 Army, 750 Air Corps and 1046 Naval Servic...

92. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Defence if he will hold a further recruitment drive for the Air Corps early in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44268/15 asked on 09 Dec 2015 - Air Corps Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): 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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 31 October 2015, the latest date for which details are available, was 9155, comprising 7345 Army, 756 Air Corps and 1054 Naval Servic...

560. Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Defence if he expects recruitment for the armed forces to recommence; the date on which this might happen; the application process involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49078/13 asked on 19 Nov 2013 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 30 September 2013, the latest date for which details are available, was 9,188 comprising 7,379 Army, 784 Air Corps and 1,025 Naval Service personnel. The September 2013 strength figures have been calculated on the basis of actual numbers serving on that date, excluding those members who are on secondment to, and being paid by other organisations, or on career ...

261. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Defence when the next intake for Navy recruits will occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45119/15 asked on 15 Dec 2015 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government is committed to maintaining the establishment of at least 9,500 in the Permanent Defence Force, comprising of 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence.
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. As there is significant turnover of personnel in the Permanent Defence For...

34. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the levels of recruitment to the Defence Forces; his further views on whether the levels of recruitment are matching the levels of persons leaving or retiring from the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33829/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 34 and 204 together.
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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 30 September 2016, was 9,044, compr...

40. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Defence when the army will next recruit; and the approximate number that will be recruited. (Question 29113/13 asked on 18 Jun 2013 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 30 April 2013, the latest date for which details are available, was 9,163 comprising 7,355 Army, 780 Air Corps and 1,028 Naval Service personnel. In this context it is my intention that targeted recruitment will continue within the resource envelope allocated to Defence. Following on from the last General Service recruitment campaign in 2012 a total of 539...

228. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of personnel serving at present in the Permanent Defence Forces; the projected enrolment by the end of 2017; the proposals for retention and recruitment of members in 2018-2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14769/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The 2015 White Paper on Defence commits to maintaining the strength of the Permanent Defence Forces at 9,500 personnel, comprising of 7,520 Army, 886 Air Corps and 1,094 Naval Service as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. The strength of the Permanent Defence Forces on 28 Feb 2017 stands at 9,070 (Whole Time Equivalent): Army 7,293, Air Corps 701, Naval Service 1,076. 
The Defence Forces has a policy of ongoing recruitm...

204. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which further recruitments in the Defence Forces might be required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34019/16 asked on 09 Nov 2016 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 34 and 204 together.
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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 30 September 2016, was 9,044, compr...

245. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence his plans to commence a recruitment drive for the Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6635/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): 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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 29 February 2016 (provisional figures), the latest date for which details are available, was 9146 comprising 7329 Army, 744 Air Corp...

1954. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of additional recruits the Defence Forces have taken on to date in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25781/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - 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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. 
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, the establishment of the Permanent Defence...

45. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Defence to extend the age limit for recruitment into the Army from 25 years of age to 27 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9252/16 asked on 05 May 2016 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 44 and 45 together.
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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. 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, the establishme...

60. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which the Air Corps has sufficient personnel, equipment and training to meet all emergencies as required, on land or sea, including coastal patrols and air and sea rescue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32483/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Air Corps Strength)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My priority as Minister with Responsibility for Defence is to ensure that the operational capability of the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, is maintained to the greatest extent possible so as to enable the Defence Forces to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. The Air Corps continues to provide a broad range of services on a daily basis in accordance with its primary security roles including Army and Naval Servic...

349. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of additional recruits the Defence Forces have taken on to date in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34299/16 asked on 10 Nov 2016 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 30 September 2016, was 9,044, comprising 7,247 Army, 718 Air Corps and 1,079 Naval Service...

378. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence the separate strength of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps and their respective reserves; the extent to which this is in line with requirements; the extent to which such numbers are likely to be affected by retirements and-or recruitments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1555/15 asked on 14 Jan 2015 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): 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 and the establishment strength of the Reserve Defence Force at 4,069, comprising of 3,869 Army Reservists and 200 Naval Service Reservists. The current strength of the Army, Navy and Air Corps as of 30 November 2014 (the latest date for which figures are available) togeth...

44. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Defence to extend the deadline for recruitment into the Defence Forces from 22 May to 1 June 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9251/16 asked on 05 May 2016 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 44 and 45 together.
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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. 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, the establishme...

53. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the extent to which he remains satisfied at the strength of all branches of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3673/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): 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 and Naval Service. As of the 31st of December 2017, the s...

260. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Defence the number of additional recruits the Permanent Defence Forces have taken on in 2016 to date by the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7109/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): 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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 29 February 2016 (provisional figures), the latest date for which details are available, was 9146 comprising 7329 Army, 744 Air Corp...

345. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence the number of additional recruits the Defence Forces have recruited in 2015 to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29879/15 asked on 16 Jul 2015 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government is committed to maintaining the stabilised strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel. As the Permanent Defence Force is currently below the agreed stabilised strength of 9,500, targeted recruitment has taken place from the panels formed from the current General Service recruitment competition, launched in March 2014. I am informed by the Military Authorities that further recruitment to the Permanent Defence Force will ...

601. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the total strength of the Defence Forces including Reserves, Army, Navy and Air Corps; the number of women in each branch of the services; the likelihood of recruitment and replacements following retirements, now and over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17322/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The tabular statement below sets out the total strength of the Defence Forces, as of the 31st May, 2016 (the latest date for which figures are available), broken down as requested by the Deputy. 
 Reserve Army Naval Service Air Corps Total 2,134 7,310 1,094 733 No. of Females 285 452 58 36 

 It should be noted that figures for the Reserve (above) are for effective members, while figures for t...

159. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Defence if applicants for Defence Forces Cadetships are entitled to receive a reason from the Defence Forces or from his Department on the reason their applications are rejected; if he or his Department received complaints in relation to this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43873/12 asked on 11 Oct 2012 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter) (Deputy Alan Shatter): It is a matter for the Military Authorities to select candidates based on specific criteria and in accordance with the Defence Force Regulations for positions in the Defence Forces. In relation to Cadetships in the Defence Forces, applications may be rejected for the following reasons:
- A candidate may be outside of the established age parameters.
- A candidate may not meet the established educational criteria.
- A candidate ma...

125. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Defence the appeals process for persons (details supplied) who were not selected to join the Army but who passed all required tests. (Question 43253/15 asked on 03 Dec 2015 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): In order to be enlisted as a General Service Recruit, applicants are required to pass all stages of the recruitment process. This includes 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. I am unable to comment any fur...

139. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number and rank recruited to the Defence Forces in each of the years 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018; the number of projected recruits in 2018, 2019 and 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15959/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Defence Forces Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The table below sets out the information requested by the Deputy for the period 2015 to 2017:
 Year Category Rank Inducted 2015 General Service RECRUITS 307 2015 Cadets CADETS 49 2015 Direct Entry Medical Officers & Direct Entry Conductor CAPTAINS 1 2015 Direct Entry Enlisted Engine Room Artificer SERGEANTS 5 2015 Army School of Music PTES 19 2015 Air Corps Apprentice APPRENTICES 24 2015 Total   405 Ye...

321. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his recruitment plans for the Army; the procedure for applying; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2459/17 asked on 19 Jan 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 as stated in the 2015 White Paper on Defence. I am advised by the Military Authorities that the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, at 30 November 2016, was 9,147, comprising 7,381 Army, 708 Air Corps and 1,058 Naval Service. These figures exclu...

98. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Defence to indicate the extent to which the strength of the Defence Forces at Army, Navy and Air Corps level has fluctuated in the past four years; the extent to which numbers remain within projections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43727/14 asked on 13 Nov 2014 - Defence Forces Strength)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the following table. In relation to the figures in the table, the serving strength figures for 2013 and 2014 are the Whole Time Equivalent strengths of Army, Air Corps and Naval Service. The fluctuation in strength is based on the serving strength at the end of the preceding year. The Government is committed to maintaining the stabilised strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel, com...

351. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Defence the options available in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork to rejoin the Army; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4480/15 asked on 03 Feb 2015 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): I have been advised by the military authorities that the individual concerned can make an application to join the Defence Forces in any competition in which he is eligible to apply for. If he meets the eligibility criteria, he will then enter the selection process and compete with all other eligible applicants for recruitment into the Defence Forces. The selection process consists of psychometric tests, fitness test, interview, medical and security ...