Royal Montserrat Defence Force

Montserrat Defence Force
Founded 1899
Service branches Royal Montserrat Police Force
Royal Montserrat Defence Force
Montserrat Cadet Corps
Headquarters Brades
Commander-in-Chief Queen Elizabeth II
Chief of Defence Forces Alvin Ryan
Military age 16
Conscription No
Available for
military service
males age 16-49: 1,353, age 15–49
Fit for
military service
males age 16-49: 1,135
females age 16-49: 1,223 (2010 est.), age 15–49
Reaching military
age annually
male: 35
female: 34 (2010 est.)
Active personnel 96
Deployed personnel 0
Foreign suppliers United Kingdom
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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 twenty volunteer soldiers, primarily concerned with ceremonial duties. The unit has a historical association with the Irish Guards.[1][2][3][4] The current Commander is Alvin Ryan, recently promoted to Major, 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.


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