80. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of new recruits in the Defence Forces since 2011; and the number of those recruits who are no longer in the Defence Forces. (Question 20390/18 asked on 09 May 2018)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The following table sets out the number of general service recruits inducted for each of the years 2002 to 2017 inclusive. It does not include those in cadetships. Data collated by the military authorities does not track individual entrants but is collated in the aggregate. As set out in the table, it is not unusual to have more than 20% of any annual recruitment intake leave during induction training.  

Year Number Inducted Discharged during Induction Training Discharged as % of Intake
2017 615 171 28%
2016 590 126 21%
2015 307 62 21%
2014 444 106 24%
2013 394 85 23%
2012 639 111 17%
2011 513 57 11%
2010 118 2 1%
2009 - - -
2008 480 149 31%
2007 546 151 27%
2006 559 88 16%
2005 384 110 29%
2004 571 138 24%
2003 444 107 24%
2002 500 112 22%