Defence Force morale at new low - survey
More than a quarter of military personnel are thinking about quitting their jobs in the Defence Forces because of the long commute to work, a survey has found.
The research also found that 76pc do not feel obliged to remain in the Defence Forces, while one in four felt they would probably change jobs.
Their views are included in the findings of a survey commissioned by the Defence Forces and completed last year. The survey report has not been officially published but its findings have been circulated internally within the past couple of days.
A copy of the report, seen by the Irish Independent, reveals that satisfaction with military life has fallen from 64pc in a previous survey, carried out in 2008, to 48pc. Many of the conclusions will be a cause of concern from the military top brass as well as senior officials in the Department of Defence.
But some of them will have been anticipated because of the huge changes implemented over the past four years which has resulted in the closure of four military barracks as well as a reduction of over 1,000 in the permanent force.
The effective strength of the Defence Force is now below 9,000 although the authorised strength is 9,500, with about 50 members leaving every month, RACO general secretary Earnan Naughton said last night.
The survey report disclosed that 27pc had considered leaving specifically because of commuting. But it also pointed out that the majority of respondents were neutral to positive in terms of work satisfaction.
The survey was carried out among 11pc of the workforce and was said to be representative of rank, gender, and location.