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    Is there any reason why the recruitment system can't be decentralised again? It's 100% failed the way it is now.

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    Is there any reason why the recruitment system can't be decentralised again? It's 100% failed the way it is now.
    Not in the slightest for reserve; takes work off PDF and in fact typically much more experience with the process lies in the Reserve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Auldsod View Post
    Is there any reason why the recruitment system can't be decentralised again? It's 100% failed the way it is now.
    Single Force is the only reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auldsod View Post
    Is there any reason why the recruitment system can't be decentralised again? It's 100% failed the way it is now.
    Given the way things work in general, if whoever was responsible for the current system is still in the loop then going back to the old system will be seen as admitting failure, so reverting to it won't happen just yet. However, once they are clear of the fallout, somebody new will have an earth shattering epiphany "The current system doesn't work" and invigorate their career (or justify their salary) by reinventing the wheel (i.e. go back to the old system), but painted in a nice new colour featuring the fashionable buzzwords of the day. These things are cyclical (which working in Health and the Railway have taught me!)
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    https://www.defence.ie/system/files/...-bill-2018.pdf

    Defence Bill allowing for re-enlistment if former PDF personnel

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    https://www.defence.ie/system/files/...-bill-2018.pdf

    Defence Bill allowing for re-enlistment if former PDF personnel
    And insert favourite gripes about what they could have changed in addition, but chose not to.
    Last edited by DaithiDub; 9th October 2018 at 23:23.

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    So many of our problems have stemmed from when the COS was looking for a gig elsewhere and fostered a culture where the DF had "to be seen to be leaning in" for the DOD.

    We ended up leaning in so far we ended up getting buggered
    Last edited by Fantasia; 11th October 2018 at 15:43.

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    I’d say it was a problem long (decades) before that

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    The PDF have dropped to 8,989 WTE personnel

    This is a net loss of 55 personnel over two years since first starting this thread.

    https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/...=Defence+force

    This is over 500 less than what is required to conduct minimum level defence forces operations (which itself is based on the entire 9,500 being fully trained and in appointment on island)

    There is also just 2,023 reserve personnel (figure also includes 1st line reserve)

    https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/...=Defence+force
    Last edited by TangoSierra; 30th October 2018 at 10:33.

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    New motto - "Do more with less"
    "He is an enemy officer taken in battle and entitled to fair treatment."
    "No, sir. He's a sergeant, and they don't deserve no respect at all, sir. I should know. They're cunning and artful, if they're any good. I wouldn't mind if he was an officer, sir. But sergeants are clever."

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    Quote Originally Posted by morpheus View Post
    New motto - "Do more with less"
    Nothing new about that Motto.Been doing that for decades.
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    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    The PDF have dropped to 8,989 WTE personnel
    I find the use of WTE in DF terms very troubling!

    How is a DF WTE defined?

    Normally a WTE is equated to a 39 hour full time ,whole time contract, AFAIK the DF don't work a pre defined working week in line with accept practises so it often takes more than one WTE to carry out a tasking... which suggest the actual strenght may be below that figure.

    Strtenght vs establishment is a better comparrison so the actual shortfals can be highlighted.

    Obvioulsy there would be differing opinions what vacancies have and haven't been filled but to justify replacement you have to be able to show actual vacancies. So If I put a whole battalion on paper and highlight all the appointments and then try to add names, how many will I come up short?

    Now multiply it across the DF never mind attachments or postings recruits and pre discharges and give the real figure. Somehow or another I don't think it will reach to the number featured.
    Time for another break I think......

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    Does it include those on career breaks etc

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    WTE is the strength less anyone on unpaid leave such as career breaks etc.

    It does include those on sick leave etc.

    As for strength vs establishment, every single individual soldier has a gazette appointment. It is managed at unit and Bde level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fantasia View Post
    WTE is the strength less anyone on unpaid leave such as career breaks etc.

    It does include those on sick leave etc.

    As for strength vs establishment, every single individual soldier has a gazette appointment. It is managed at unit and Bde level.
    Really? Then why is there still a "General List" in effect?

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    Really? Then why is there still a "General List" in effect?
    or SWA .... I was going to say !
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    Quote Originally Posted by TangoSierra View Post
    Really? Then why is there still a "General List" in effect?
    That's a very good point. Love to hear the answer to that.
    Infantry Corps - An Lámh Comhrac


    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    Quote Originally Posted by TangoSierra View Post
    Really? Then why is there still a "General List" in effect?
    There is a general list but that is for officers. NCOs and Ptes are not on a General List.

    Any surplus Ptes in a unit are quashing an appointment elsewhere. Most units have NCO deficiencies. Go to a Bn parade and see 40 Ptes being paraded by a Cpl.

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    Yes indeed but that still does not rule out serving without appointment. There are still a ton in the RDF for example.
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    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    I was talking PDF, should have clarified

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    https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/...=Defence+force

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    30. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number serving in each rank in the Army in tabular form. [46235/18]

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    31. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number serving in each rank in the Air Corps in tabular form. [46236/18]

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    32. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number serving in each rank in the Naval Service in tabular form. [46237/18]

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    I propose to take Questions Nos. 30, 31 and 32 together.

    The whole time equivalent strength of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps (as of 30 September 2018, the latest date for which figures are available) across each rank is set out in the following table:

    Rank Army Naval Service Air Corps
    Lieutenant General 1 0 0
    Major General 2 0 0
    Brigadier General 6 1 1
    Colonel 34 2 2
    Lieutenant Colonel 104 14 12
    Commandant 252 51 38
    Captain 268 47 42
    Lieutenant 150 51 27
    Sergeant Major 27 6 6
    Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant 31 7 4
    Company Sergeant 106 70 51
    Company Quartermaster Sergeant 152 11 14
    Sergeant 824 161 99
    Corporal 1,169 140 122
    Private 3,972 439 266
    Cadet 149 22 36
    Total 7,247 1,022 720
    There is ongoing recruitment to the Defence Forces.

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    133. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces cadets who graduated in each of the past two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45863/18]

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    The details requested by the Deputy are set out in the following table:

    Year No. of Cadets Commissioned
    2016 35
    2017 40
    This year, a total of 88 cadets have been commissioned. This includes 6 Air Corps Officers who received their commissions on Friday 2 November 2018.

    Recruitment to the Commissioned Ranks continues, and in that regard, the 95th cadet class was inducted on 24 September 2018, comprising of 86 cadets who will receive their commissions in early 2020. Two commissioning ceremonies are planned for early 2019, one in February and the other in March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TangoSierra View Post
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    133. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces cadets who graduated in each of the past two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45863/18]

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    The details requested by the Deputy are set out in the following table:

    Year No. of Cadets Commissioned
    2016 35
    2017 40
    This year, a total of 88 cadets have been commissioned. This includes 6 Air Corps Officers who received their commissions on Friday 2 November 2018.

    Recruitment to the Commissioned Ranks continues, and in that regard, the 95th cadet class was inducted on 24 September 2018, comprising of 86 cadets who will receive their commissions in early 2020. Two commissioning ceremonies are planned for early 2019, one in February and the other in March.
    Is that the large classes being commissioned?

    The NS & AC take longer but that’s a lot of drop outs

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    I assume you read the part about 88 cadets commissioned this year 2018?

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