QUESTION NO: 133
* To ask the Minister for Defence the number of women currently enlisted in the Naval service, at all ranks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– DEPUTY BERNARD J. DURKAN.
For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 25th June, 2015.
Ref No: 25607/15 Proof: 146
The table below sets out the number of women in the Naval Service at all ranks as on the 31 st of May 2015, which is the latest date for which figures are available.
The Government is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for men and women throughout the Defence Forces and to the full participation by women in all aspects of Defence Forces activities.
A number of specific initiatives have been implemented to increase female participation in the Defence Forces including:
· The introduction of best practices in recruitment, such as the adjustment of physical standards for female applicants;
· Special consideration is paid to women as a target group for recruitment;
· A balanced composition between men and women on recruitment and selection boards;
· All promotions and career courses are open to both sexes on merit and;
· A Gender Advisor has been appointed to promote gender equality policies and training within the Defence Forces.
I believe that a key issue in recruiting and retaining female personnel lies in societal perception and attitudes to female soldiers and officers. I am hopeful that through continued engagement and communication, this perception will change over time.
Naval Service Rank
Number of Females (31/05/2015)
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Chief Petty Officer
Senior Petty Officer