Royal Montserrat Defence Force


Royal Montserrat Defence Force
RMDF Crest.jpg
Service branchesRoyal Montserrat Defence Force
Montserrat Cadet Corps
Commander-in-ChiefQueen Elizabeth II
Commanding OfficerMajor Alvin E. Ryan, ED CCM
Military age17
Available for
military service
males age 17-49: 1,291, age 15–49
Fit for
military service
males age 17-49: 1,291
females age 17-49: 1,252 (2010 est.), age 15–49
Reaching military
age annually
male: 35
female: 34 (2010 est.)
Active personnel96
Deployed personnel0
Foreign suppliersUnited Kingdom
Related articles
HistoryMontserrat in World War I Capture of Montserrat

The Royal Montserrat Defence Force is the home defence unit of the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat.


Raised in 1899, the unit is today a reduced force of about forty volunteer soldiers, primarily concerned with civil Defence and ceremonial duties. The unit has a historical association with the Irish Guards.[1][2][3][4] The current Commanding Officer is Major Alvin Ryan, who took over from the late Captain Horatio Tuitt. As a British Overseas Territory (BOT), defence of Montserrat remains the responsibility of the United Kingdom.



Ranks are as follows:

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Royal Montserrat Defence Force Major Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer cadet
Major Captain Lieutenant Second lieutenant Officer cadet
Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Royal Montserrat Defence Force British Army OR-9a.svg British Army OR-8a.svg British Army OR-7.svg British Army OR-6.svg
British Army OR-4.svg British Army OR-3.svg No insignia
Warrant officer class 1 Warrant officer class 2 Staff Sergeant Corporal Lance corporal Private

See also


  1. ^ "UK Government White Paper on Overseas Territories, June, 2012. Page 23" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 31 October 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  2. ^ Government of Montserrat: Lively and colourful Queen's Birthday Parade. 21 June 2012
  3. ^ "Montserrat Reporter: Defence Force Marks 100 Years of Service". Archived from the original on 18 October 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  4. ^ "The Montserrat Reporter: 2012 Queen's Birthday Parade at Salem Park". Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.