The Army’s Army SMS service is facing the exact same challenges that other services face: low revenue and a declining user base.
In an article published in April this year, the Ministry of Defence said that its Army SMSS services were expected to make a loss of €1.1 billion this financial year.
The SMSS service has been under the direct command of Lt Gen Mark Jones for the past six years.
His successor, Col Robert Wilson, has been in charge of the Army SMSA for the last two.
The Army has been plagued by a range of challenges, including the high cost of operating the SMSA, the inability to deploy and sustain troops, and the growing number of Army staff members.
A year after the publication of the article, the Army has made significant changes to the SMS programme and it is expected to reach a profit this year.
In May, it announced a plan to create a new SMSA that would combine the Army and the Special Forces, with the Army being the sole provider of SMSA services.
This move has caused alarm among many, particularly with regard to the lack of training and the lack.
In its budget for 2017-18, the Department of Defence announced a reduction in the Army army SMSA budget to €7 million from the current €18 million.
In a statement, the Defence Minister, Simon Coveney, said that the Defence Strategy for Army SMA will deliver a positive return to the taxpayer and the Army will continue to be the single largest SMSA provider for the next five years.
However, there is still a significant question mark over the Armys future.
In addition to the issues with the SMSS programme, there has been a growing trend of SMSS personnel leaving the Army, particularly in the special forces.
The army currently has approximately 8,500 SMSS staff, which has grown by 50 per cent since the last fiscal year.
As well as the cost of running the SMA, there are issues with personnel retention and retention rates.
As of December, the SMSE had a retention rate of 42 per cent.
However this was down from the peak of 75 per cent in the early years of the SMSF.
There are concerns over whether the Army can sustain the SMST and maintain its army command structure.
According to a 2016 report by the Army Strategic Research and Development Group, there were approximately 3,200 SMSS-related positions in the army, but only 1,800 were fully-fledged.
In 2016, the army’s Chief of Staff, General James Lyons, said the SMSD had lost 1,000 personnel since 2015.
In April this last year, a spokesperson for the Defence Ministry confirmed that the Army had announced a new plan to provide an additional SMSA in 2020-21.