81. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Defence his plans to have a recruitment drive for the Army. (Question 5152/15 asked on 04 Feb 2015)

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. As the Permanent Defence Force is currently below the agreed stabilised strength of 9,500, it is intended that targeted recruitment will continue within the resource envelope allocated to Defence.
It is too early to say when a new Army Recruitment campaign will take place. When a new recruitment campaign is launched, details will be made available on the Defence Forces website www.military.ie

With the support of the Chief of Staff and within the resources available, I intend to retain the capacity of the Defence Forces to operate effectively across all roles and to undertake the tasks laid down by Government both at home and overseas.