Dáil Éireann - Volume 580 - 17 February, 2004

Written Answers - Defence Forces Staff.

  208. Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Defence the number promoted to corporal under DFR A10 paragraph 37(4) and A Admin Instr Part 10, paragraph 303, in the past 12 months; the number who applied and who were not successful; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4649/04]

  Mr. M. Smith: The military authorities have advised that in 2003 a total of 171 personnel were promoted to the rank of corporal. Of these, 168 were promoted under the terms of Defence Force Regulation A 10, paragraph 37(4). One private was promoted to corporal under the terms of A Administrative Instruction Part 10 paragraph 303. Two privates were promoted to corporal under the terms of Defence Force Regulation A 10, paragraph 38 (8).

Privates may be promoted to the rank of corporal to fill vacancies in the establishment upon the authority of the general officer commanding the command. Such vacancies are not normally advertised and are made on the recommendations for promotion by the unit commander.