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A third of those who paid to leave early had studied nautical science while others studied engineering, financial maths, geomatics, financial management, strategic risk management and global security. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Defence Forces officers have paid up to €67,000 each to buy their way out of their military careers early rather than continue to serve for the time t(...)

Currently the Air Corps has 74 pilots, but has an establishment strength of 106. Photograph: Getty Images

Most senior Air Corps pilots have signalled they will remain with the force in the short term following the offer of State payments to stem the haemor(...)

Both PDFORRA, which represents non-commissioned ranks in the Naval Service, and RACO, which represents commissioned officers, said the tax credit is a step in the right direction but will not be enough to retain personnel. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Naval Service representatives have welcomed a Government announcement of a special tax credit of almost €1,300 a year for those on sea patrol duty but(...)

An Air Corps aviator plots a course for the Emergency Aeromedical Service helicopter. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton moved to re-assure the Dáil of the Government’s commitment to the air ambulance service. It came after war(...)

An Air Corps aviator plots a course for the Emergency Aeromedical Service helicopter. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The air ambulance service operated by the Defence Forces is “on the brink of collapse” due to staffing levels, military officers have been told. The (...)

The number of people actively serving in the Defence Forces remains under 9,000. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been given an opportunity to restore morale in the Defence Forces by the decision of the organisation representing officers(...)

Filew photograph Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe with Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett  (on left of Minister). Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces has warned military officers frustrated with the current recruitment and retention crisis about engaging in “(...)

Raco estimates if the 10.3 per cent turnover rate is maintained the Defence Forces will never return to full strength and will result in the number of personnel dropping to about 7,500 by 2030. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It will take seven years for the Defence Forces to reach full strength based on the Government’s current “optimistic” assessment, according to the rep(...)

President Michael D Higgins said he had “heard and read with anxiety of the distress that is being experienced by some of those who are giving their all to serve the State”. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

President Michael D Higgins felt compelled last week to intervene in the dispute over pay at the Defence Forces. He insisted it “should not be too muc(...)

 LE Eithne: a letter sent by Cmdr Mick Malone to all Naval Service personnel claimed it and LE Orla would remain tied up until crew numbers improved.  Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Two Naval Service ships were taken out of service last week for routine maintenance and not because of crew shortages, Minister of State with special (...)

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