Dáil Éireann - Volume 446 - 02 November, 1994

Written Answers. - Reserve Defence Force Clothing.

136. Mr. Bell asked the Minister for the Defence, in respect of FCA and Slua Muirí personnel, the sum allocated in the 1994 estimates for clothing; the clothing that may be provided to personnel after one year's satisfactory service; whether such clothing is available at unit level in 7, 8, and 14 battalions, Nos. 1 & 6 Field MP Companies and No. 1 Company Slua Muirí; the reason FCA female members are not entitled to PDF-style headgear; whether greatcoasts are on the clothing scale; if so, the numbers issued in those units in 1993 and to date in 1994; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2731/94]

Minister for Defence (Mr. Andrews): The provision in the 1994 Vote for Defence in respect of clothing for the Reserve Defence Force is £575,000 approximately. The following statement sets out the articles of clothing issuable [1539] to FCA and Slua Muirí recruits and includes the additional articles of clothing issuable to FCA recruits on satisfactory completion of one year's service and on qualification for retention on the effective strength of An Fórsa. All of these articles of clothing are available for issue in the units specified. The number of greatcoats-overcoats issued to the members of these units was 324 in 1993 and 257 to date in 1994. In the interests of conformity the head-dress issuable to female members of An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil is the same as that issuable to male members.

STATEMENT

1. Articles of clothing issuable to male non-commissioned officers and Privates of An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil.

Article

Initial Issue

Minimum Life

(1)

(2)

(3)

Badges, Service or

2

Not replaceable

Corps, sets(f)

at the public

expense

Bag, Clothing

1

Not replaceable at the public expense

Belt

1

3 years

Boots,Pairs

1

3 years

Cap, with badge where necessary

1

3 years

(e)

Ear Defenders, pairs

1

As required

Field Dressing (a)

1

Greatcoat(with necessary insignia)

1

5 years

(f)

Lanyards, white (c)

1

Not replaceable at the public expense

Lanyards, red (d)

1

Not replaceable at the public expense

Shirts

2

3 years

Shoes, Gymanasiym

(b)

Socks, pairs

2

One every year thereafter

Sweater, with insignia

1

3 years

Tie

1

3 years

Trousers, pairs (f)

1

5 years

Trousers, Working Dress

1

3 years

Tunic (with necessary insignia) (f)

1

5 years

Tunic, Working Dress

1

3 years

[1540] (a) A free replacement issue may, on the certificate of the Company Commander, be made to a non-commissioned officer or Private who expends his field dressing in rendering first aid treatment.

(b) One pair of gymnasium shoes may be issued to each non-commissioned officer or Private who undergoes a Physical Training Leaders' Course of Instruction.

(c) Issuable to non-commissioned officers and Privates of the Artillery Corps only.

(d) Issuable to non-commissioned officers and Privates of the Military Police Corps only.

(e) One Cap. Red Band for use by personnel of the Military Police Corps when on Military police duty, may be issued in addition to one Cap (general pattern). Replacement of one type cap only, at the public expense, may be made every three years.

(f) These articles shall be withheld pending completion by a recruit of one year's satisfactory service and his having qualified for retention on the effective strength in accordance with the terms of paragraph 38 of these Regulations.

2. Articles of clothing issuable to female non-commissioned personnel of An Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil.

Article

Initial Issue

Minimum Life

(1)

(2)

(3)

Badges, Service or Corps, sets (a)

2

Not replaceable at the public expense

Bag, Clothing

1

Not replaceable at the public expense

Belt No. 26a, Waist

1

3 years

Beret No. 6C, Green

1

3 years

Blouse No. 10 (Working Dress)

1

3 years

Blouse No. 11 (Walking out dress)

1

(a)

3 years

Boots, Combats, pairs

1

3 years

Cap, (Military Police)

1

(b)

5 years

Cravat, green

1

2 years

Ear Defenders, pairs

1

As required

Field Dressing (c)

1

Lanyard, Red(b)

1

Not replaceable at the public expense

Lanyard, White (d)

1

Not replaceable at the public expense

[1541]Overcoat No. 101 (with necessary insignia (a)

1

5 years

Pinafore (maternity)

1

As required

Socks, pairs (any combination)

2

One every year thereafter

Shoes, Working, pairs

1

(a)

3 years

Shoes, Gymanasium

(e)

Sweater, with insignia

1

3 years

Skirt No. 11 (a)

1

5 years

Tie

1

3 years

Trousers, Working

1

Dress

3 years

Tunic No. 1 (a)

1

5 years

(a) These articles shall be withheld, pending completion by a recruit of one year's satisfactory service and her having qualified for retention on the effective strength in accordance with the terms of paragraph 38 of these Regulations.

(b) Issuable to non-commissioned officers and Privates of the Military Police Corps only.

(c) A free replacement issue may, on the certificate of the Company Commander, be made to a non-commissioned officer or Private who expends her field dressing in rendering first aid treatment.

(d) Issuable to non-commissioned officers and Privates of the Artillery Corps only.

(e) One pair of gymnasium shoes may be issued to each non-commissioned officer and Private who undergoes a Physical Training Leaders' Course of Instruction.

3. Articles of clothing — naval pattern — issuable to reservists of An Slue Muirí holding non-commissioned rank of Leading Seaman or Seaman.

Article

Initial Issue

Mini Mum Life

(1)

(2)

(3)

Bags, clothing

1

12 years

Belts, waist, canvas

1

6 years

Berets No. 6, black, complete

1

3 years

Boots, light, black, pairs

1 on completion of basic training

3 years

Boots, heavy, black, pairs

1 on entitlement

3 years

[1542]Caps, white, complete

1

3 years

Collars, blue, jean

1

3 years

Field Dressings (a)

1

Gaiters, canvas, pairs

1

6 years

Gloves, woollen, pairs

1

3 years

Jerseys

1

3 years

Jumpers, serge, with necessary insignia and badges

1

3 years

Lanyards

1

3 years

Overcoats with necessary insignia

1

6 years

Scarves, silk

1

3 years

Shirts, working dress

1

3 years

Shoes, gymanasium, pairs

1

3 years

Socks, pairs

2

12 months

Trousers, pairs

1

3 years

Trousers, working dress

1

3 years

Vests, white

2

2 years

(a) A free replacement issue may, on the certificate of his Commanding Officer, be made to a member of An Slua Muirí who expends his field dressing in rendering first aid treatment.