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Operational services required to be delivered by Government, including international commitments in terms of overseas deployments on peace support operations, have been maintained despite a 10% reduction in personnel in the Defence Forces in the first two years of the Agreement.
Proposals are being developed for a very significant reorganisation and restructuring of the Defence Forces which will reduce the number of Army Brigades from 3 to 2.
Four army barracks were closed at end March 2012 which will maximize the effectiveness of the Defence Forces by removing the burden imposed by manning and maintaining unnecessary installations.
Approximately 1,800 personnel have been redeployed during the first two years of the Agreement.
New promotion systems for Generals, Officers and Enlisted personnel, including the elimination of seniority and the introduction of merit based systems of promotion at all levels.
Pilot retention pay has been eliminated in the Air Corps.