For Written Answer on : 15/09/2021
Question Number(s): 373 Question Reference(s): 43307/21
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Defence the current strength of the Reserve Defence Forces by rank; the establishment of the Reserve Defence Forces by rank; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The Reserve Defence Force (RDF) is comprised of the First Line Reserve (FLR), the Army Reserve (AR) and the Naval Service Reserve (NSR).
The effective strength of the Army Reserve (AR) and Naval Service Reserve (NSR) as of 31 July, 2021, is 1,513 in total, broken down by rank as follows:
|LT COL||COMDT||CAPT||LT||TOTAL OFFR||SM||BQMS||CS||CQMS||SGT||CPL||TOTAL NCO||PTE||TOTAL|
The substantive strength of the FLR as of 31 July, 2021, is 263, broken down by rank as follows:
Defence Force Regulation CS4 determines the regulatory establishment limits for the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) and the RDF. The establishment figure for the RDF as provided in this Regulation, is 4,069 personnel comprising 3,869 for the Army Reserve (AR), and 200 for the Naval Service Reserve. (NSR). There is no set establishment for the FLR. The combined establishment of the AR and NSR, by rank, as detailed in Defence Force Regulation CS4 is as follows:
Battalion Quartermaster Sergeant
Company Quartermaster Sergeant
Total Non Commissioned Officers
Total All Ranks