- 22 Nov 17
Hot Press recently published an article "There's Trouble In The Army" In it a former member of the Irish Defence Forces, made a variety of criticisms of the Navy, the Army and the Air Corps. In preparation for that article, Hot Press put a series of questions to the Department of Defence. The answers came too late for inclusion in the issue. Here are the questions, and the answers received...
Hot Press has received a detailed response, to a series of questions asked of the Department of Defence in relation to criticisms made to the magazine by a former member of the Air Corps and the Navy recently. This response arrived after the original print deadline had passed. It addresses a number of the concerns highlighted by our source, who left service in early 2017, primarily due to inadequate pay.
We asked how the Defence Forces could incentivise recruited personnel to remain active as service members if they felt payment was inadequate? Press and Information Officer Ashling Hewson supplied all of the following responses.
"The long term trend is that 20% of recruits do not complete basic training and this is consistent with the current trend. The reasons why recruits decide not to remain in the Defence Forces vary and in many instances it is because they decide that a military career is not for them.