Dáil Éireann - Volume 630 - 31 January, 2007

Written Answers. - Defence Forces Personnel.

Mr. Blaney asked the Minister for Defence the number of Army personnel who were called before the medical board over the past five years; the number who failed and the rank they held within the Army; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1939/07]

  Mr. O’Dea: The military authorities have advised that no readily [1127] available or centralised data set of information exists on the number of personnel who were called before a Medical Board prior to 1 April 2006. I do not believe that the costs or inconvenience of collating this material for a full five-[1128] year period would be merited or justifiable. However, I can provide details of the total numbers of persons actually discharged from the Army on medical grounds in the years 2002 to 2006 inclusive.

BRIGADE

BQMS

CQMS

SGT

CPL

PTE

RECRUIT

TOTAL

1 S Bde

NIL

2

2

4

16

1

25

2 E Bde

NIL

2

1

1

2

NIL

6

4 W Bde

NIL

NIL

1

2

34

NIL

37

DFTC

1

NIL

4

3

17

NIL

25

TOTAL

1

4

8

10

69

1

93

In addition, I am advised by the military authorities that eight (8) Naval Service personnel and five (5) Air Corps personnel were discharged from the Permanent Force on medical grounds in the same period 2002-2006.

I am informed by the military authorities that the number of personnel called before a Medical Board in the period from 1 April 2006 up to 31 December 2006 was forty-six (46) composed as follows:

(i) 42 Army personnel

(ii) 2 Air Corps personnel

(iii) 2 Naval Service personnel

Seventeen of these forty-six Medical Boards are ongoing.

Twenty-nine (29) Medical Boards have been completed, with the following outcomes:

(i) 4 personnel were found to be within Defence Forces Medical Standards (all Army)

(ii) 25 were found by the Medical Boards to be below Defence Forces Medical Standards. Of these, fourteen personnel appealed the decision (thirteen Army, one Naval Service)

(iii) One appeal against the determination of the Medical Board was upheld (Army).