Maldives National Defence Force
Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ޤައުމީ ދިފާއީ ބާރު, romanizedDhivehi Raajjeyge Qaumee Dhifaaee Baaru
Founded21 April 1892; 132 years ago (1892-04-21)[1]
Service branches
  • Coast Guard
  • Marine Corps
  • Special Forces
  • Service Corps
  • Defence Intelligence Service
  • Military Police
  • Corps of Engineers
  • Special Protection Group
  • Medical Corps
  • Adjutant General's Corps
  • Air Corps
  • Fire and Rescue Service
HeadquartersBandaara Koshi, Malé
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed ForcesMohamed Muizzu[2]
Minister of DefenceMohamed Ghassan Maumoon[2]
Chief of Defence ForceMajor General Ibrahim Hilmy
Vice Chief of Defence ForceBrigadier General Ahmed Ghiyas
Military age16 to 35
Reaching military
age annually
35 males,
20 females
Active personnel58,000+[3] (ranked 112)
Reserve personnel30,000
Budget$588.3 Million ] 8.670 Billion) "Budget 2023". Ministry of Finance, Maldives.</ref>
Percent of GDP6.5%[4] (2005 est.)
Annual exportsp
Related articles
RanksMilitary ranks of Maldives

The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF; Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ޤައުމީ ދިފާއީ ބާރު, romanizedDhivehi Raajjeyge Qaumee Dhifaaee Baaru) is the national military responsible for defending the security and sovereignty of the Maldives. It is primarily responsible per the constitution to defend and protect the Republic, its territorial integrity, its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the people.[5] Its branches include the Maldivian Coast Guard, the MNDF Marine Corps, and the Special Forces.



HAL Dhruv of Maldives National Defense Force gifted by India
Aircraft Origin Type Variant In service Notes
Unmanned combat aerial vehicle
Bayraktar TB2  Turkey UCAV 6 Bought From  Turkey .[6]
Dornier 228 Germany/India maritime patrol 1[7] Gifted by India[8][9]
HAL Dhruv India SAR / utility Mk.3 2[7] Gifted by India[10]

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Cannons & Artillery

VIP Transport

Rank structure

Main article: Military ranks of Maldives

The ranking system of the MNDF is based on the traditional British military system and U.S. military system. The highest flag rank ever awarded was that of lieutenant general, in a non-military capacity to the previous Defence Minister Abdul Sattar, although the president being the commander in chief also holds the rank of general in a non-military capacity.[11]

Officer corps

Rank group General / flag officers Senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Maldivian Marine Corps[12]
ލެފްޓިނަންޓް ޖެނެރަލް
Lieutenant general
މޭޖަރ ޖެނެރަލް
Major general
ބްރިގޭޑިއަރ ޖެނެރަލް
Brigadier general
ލެފްޓިނަންޓް ކާނަލް
Lieutenant colonel
ފަސްޓް ލެފްޓިނަންޓް
First Lieutenant

Warrant officer corps

NATO rank
WO-5 WO-4 WO-3 WO-2 WO-1

Maldivian Marine Corps
Chief warrant officer Warrant officer grade 4 Warrant officer grade 3 Warrant officer grade 2 Warrant officer grade 1

Enlisted corps

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Maldivian Marine Corps[12]
No insignia
ސާރޖަންޓް މޭޖަރ އޮފް އެމްއެންޑީއެފް
Sergeant major of MNDF
ކޮމާންޑް ސާރޖަންޓް މޭޖަރ
Command sergeant major
ސާރޖަންޓް މޭޖަރ
Saarjant meyjar
ފަސްޓް ސާރޖަންޓް
Fast saarjant
ސާރޖަންޓް ފަސްޓް ކްލާސް
Sergeant first class
ސްޓާފް ސާރޖަންޓް
Staff sergeant
ލާންސް ކޯޕްރަލް
Lance Corporal

Medals and ribbons



General officers

Serving general officers

Retired general officers

(Former Commandant, MNDF Service Corps)

(Former Commandant, MNDF Marine Corps)

Dismissed general officers


See also


  1. ^ "History of MNDF". Retrieved 11 November 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Leaders". Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Budget 2016". Ministry of Finance, Maldives.
  4. ^ "The World Factbook". Retrieved 2013-09-23.
  5. ^ "About Us". MNDF. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012.
  6. ^ "Maldives receives renowned Turkish drones amid India tensions". Daily Sabah. 11 March 2024. Retrieved 11 March 2024.
  7. ^ a b "World Air Forces 2023". Flightglobal Insight. 2023. Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  8. ^ "MNDF puts off disclosing info on Indian donated aircraft". 1 October 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  9. ^ "India Hands Over Surveillance Aircraft to Maldives Amid Strategic Tussle with China". 30 September 2020. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  10. ^ "India donates second naval Advanced Light Helicopter to Maldives". 14 December 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Ranks Used". MNDF. Archived from the original on February 11, 2012.
  12. ^ a b "ރޭންކް ސްޓްރަކްޗަރ". (in Divehi). Maldives National Defence Force. Archived from the original on 29 February 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  13. ^ a b "MNDF Structure | MNDF". Archived from the original on 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2014-11-14.