Royal Montserrat Defence Force
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
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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.

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.