First in the history of MNDF – Women promoted from Major to Lieutenant Colonel

Female MNDF Officer at the promotion ceremony of MNDF Officers. | Photo: President's Office.

Male’, Maldives — For the first time in the history of Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF), women have been promoted from rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Maldives.

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih spoke during the Promotion Ceremony of MNDF Officers held on 25 January 2021 and stated that for the first time in the history of MNDF, women have been promoted from the rank of Major to Lieutenant Colonel in this ceremony.

President Solih stated that this remarkable achievement is a testament that equal prospects for growth are accorded to MNDF servicewomen. He further added that efforts are ongoing to reform the process of awarding promotions in the military.

Over the past two years of President Solih’s presidency, his government has undertaken extensive efforts to develop the country’s military services. This includes providing the necessary resources and equipment along with training and education opportunities.

President Solih noted some of these efforts including improvements to the welfare of military personnel and their kin.

While speaking at the ceremony, President Solih also emphasized the government’s commitment to ensure equal prospects and prejudice-free opportunities for professional growth in all national service sectors. 

The President also highlighted the government’s notable achievements in facilitating development assistance of the military through Maldives’ bilateral and multilateral partners.