Can a new commission stop the exodus from the Defence Forces?

The Defence Forces, including the Army Reserve, are well below strength with Naval Service personnel being lured away to engineering jobs in the pharmaceutical sector while many former soldiers are working in ordinary jobs for minimum wage

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
29th November, 2020
Can a new commission stop the exodus from the Defence Forces?
The combined strength of the army, navy and air corps was 219 lower in September 2020 than it was in the same month last year

It was, the Minister for Defence explained, partly the fault of the pharmaceutical sector.

Two weeks ago, Simon Coveney was facing questions in the Dáil on whether the Defence Forces were any closer to reaching their optimal strength of 9,500.

Following a series of embarrassing stories over the last year, including how the Naval Service was forced to tie up ships and delay missions because of manpower shortages, Coveney said the figure was still...

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