TDs and senators will be warned today that the success of major drugs busts relies on a highly-skilled Defence Force.
The Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence will meet with RACO later, a week on from the largest cocaine seizure in Irish history.
The multi-agency operation off the Cork coast involved members of the Army Ranger Wing and the Air Corps.
However, the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers claims the Defence Forces are under real pressure because of an "obsession" with recruitment over the retention of highly-skilled soldiers.
General Secretary, Lieutenant Colonel Conor King says the government must not take them for granted: