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  • #61
    Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions – Dáil Éireann (33rd Dáil) – Thursday, 18 Nov 2021 – Houses of the Oireachtas
    Defence Forces


    Neale Richmond

    Neale Richmond

    Question:

    82. Deputy Neale Richmond asked the Minister for Defence if he will report on the efforts to ensure the target of reaching 9,500 members of the Defence Forces is achieved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56189/21]

    Colm Burke

    Colm Burke

    Question:

    93. Deputy Colm Burke asked the Minister for Defence the way his Department intends to ensure the target strength of 9,500 members of the Defence Forces is achieved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56293/21]

    Fergus O'Dowd

    Fergus O'Dowd

    Question:

    102. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Defence the details of the plans that are under way to ensure the target strength of 9,500 members of the Defence Forces is achieved in the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56291/21]

    Dara Calleary

    Dara Calleary

    Question:

    110. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Defence when he expects the number in the Defence Forces to reach 9,500; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56478/21]

    Barry Cowen

    Barry Cowen

    Question:

    126. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence the current strength of the Defence Forces in each of the services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56484/21]

    Deputy Simon Coveney


    I propose to take Questions Nos. 82, 93, 102, 110 and 126 together.

    On 31 October 2021, the strength of the Permanent Defence Force, PDF, was 8,572 whole-time equivalent personnel comprising 6,946 Army, 878 Naval Service and 748 Air Corps members. While the Government remains committed to returning to and maintaining the agreed strength of the Permanent Defence Force at 9,500 personnel, a number of factors, some of which are hard to predict, will impact on the timeframe in which this can be achieved.

    I have acknowledged the ongoing staffing challenges in the Defence Forces, and a range of actions are designed to tackle this. Continuing recruitment has resulted in a total of 577 personnel being inducted as of 15 November. The scope of direct entry competitions was expanded in 2021 from ten competitions, to include a new Air Corps aircraft technician competition. Additionally, direct entry terms and conditions continue to be revised to improve intakes. The re-entry campaign for former members of the PDF continues.

    On retention, there has been significant progress on pay arising out of increases due from recent pay agreements, the most recent of which was a 1% increase on annualised salaries, or €500, whichever is greater, on 1 October, with further increases to follow. There are now service commitment schemes in both the Air Corps and the Naval Service and a special naval service tax credit for seagoing personnel. Furthermore, in light of the particular challenges faced by the defence sector, the Government tasked the Public Service Pay Commission, PSPC, to undertake a comprehensive review and analysis of the underlying difficulties in recruitment and retention in the Defence Forces. I am confident the pay benefits delivered by the public service pay agreements, in tandem with the implementation of the PSPC's recommendations, will improve recruitment and retention challenges currently being experienced by the PDF.

    Additionally, the Commission on the Defence Forces is due to submit its report by the end of the year and I look forward to receiving it in due course. The recommendations will then be fully considered and will inform future decisions regarding the Defence Forces. My focus remains on retaining and restoring the Permanent Defence Force to its full capacity, but it will take time for some of these measures to take full effect.

    Strength versus Establishment by Rank and Branch - October 2021
    Overall Army Naval Service Air Corps
    Establishment Current +/- Establishment Current +/- Establishment Current +/- Establishment Current +/-
    Officers
    Lieutenant General 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Major General 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brigadier General (Commodore NS) 8 8 0 6 6 0 1 1 0 1 1 0
    Colonel (Captain NS) 39 40 +1 35 35 0 2 3 +1 2 2 0
    Lieutenant Colonel (Commander NS) 139 136 -3 112 107 -5 13 13 0 14 16 +2
    Commandant (Lt Commander NS) 336 352 +16 255 258 +3 45 50 +5 36 44 +8
    Captain (Lieutenant NS) 452 333 -119 306 233 -73 81 59 -22 65 41 -24
    Lieutenant (Ensign NS) 256 387 +131 167 293 +126 41 38 -3 48 56 +8
    Total Officers 1,233 1,259 +26 884 935 +51 183 164 -19 166 160 -6
    Enlisted Personnel
    Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer NS) 43 39 -4 29 27 -2 6 6 0 8 6 -2
    Brigade Quartermaster (Senior Chief Petty Officer NS) 43 41 -2 32 31 -1 7 6 -1 4 4 0
    Company Sergeant (Chief Petty Officer NS) 246 229 -17 115 109 -6 75 72 -3 56 48 -8
    Company Quartermaster (Senior Petty Officer NS) 198 193 -5 169 165 -4 15 14 -1 14 14 0
    Sergeant (Petty Officer NS) 1,330 1,009 -321 973 789 -184 226 128 -98 131 92 -39
    Corporal (leading Seaman NS) 1,801 1,466 -335 1438 1184 -254 180 144 -36 183 138 -45
    Private (Seamen NS) 4,606 4,231 -375 3880 3628 -252 402 332 -70 324 271 -53
    Cadet (Classified as enlisted personnel in training) 0 105 +105 0 78 +78 0 12 +12 0 15 +15
    Total Enlisted Personnel 8,267 7,313 -954 6636 6011 -625 911 714 -197 720 588 -132
    Total 9,500 8,572 -928 7,520 6,946 -574 1,094 878 -216 886 748 -138
    For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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    • #62
      bump... 18 months later.
      "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

      "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

      Comment


      • #63


        I propose to take Questions Nos. 80, 86 and 99 together.

        As at 31 August, 2022, the latest date such details are available, the strength of the PDF was 8,146 personnel or 86% of the current agreed strength of 9,500. 579 of these were women.
        https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates.../2022-10-06/86
        "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

        "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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        • #64
          Written answers (Question to Defence)


          Simon Coveney Minister for Defence


          The Reserve Defence Force (RDF) is comprised of the First Line Reserve, the Army Reserve (AR) and the Naval Service Reserve (NSR). The strength of the RDF, as of 30 June 2022, is set out below:
          Service Total Effective Personnel
          Army Reserve 1387
          Naval Service Reserve 103
          First Line Reserve 275

          https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates...ion/2022-07-26

          8146+1387+103 ( ignoring FLR) = 9636 ....
          "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

          "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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          • #65
            So an overall deficit of 1354, or one seventh of the "agreed strength".
            For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.

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