Royal Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force

The Royal Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force is the armed forces of Antigua and Barbuda. The RABDF has responsibility for several different roles: internal security, prevention of drug smuggling, the protection and support of fishing rights, prevention of marine pollution, search and rescue, ceremonial duties, assistance to government programs, provision of relief during natural disasters, assistance in the maintenance of essential services, and support of the police in maintaining law and order.

Royal Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force
Coat of arms of Antigua and Barbuda
MottoParatus ad serviendum (Ready to serve)
Founded1 November 1981
Current form1995
Service branches
HeadquartersCamp Blizard, Saint George Parish, Antigua and Barbuda
WebsiteOfficial website
QueenElizabeth II
Prime Minister of Antigua and BarbudaGaston Browne
Chief of Defence StaffColonel Sir Trevor Thomas
Military age18
Available for
military service
18,952 males, age 15–49 (1998),
18,360 females, age 15–49 (1998)
Fit for
military service
14,859 males, age 15–49 (1998),
14,947 females, age 15–49 (1998)
Reaching military
age annually
507 males (1998),
494 females (1998)
Active personnel170
Reserve personnel75
Budget£6,153,420.00 (2009)
Percent of GDP0.7%
Related articles
RanksMilitary ranks of Antigua and Barbuda

The RABDF is one of the world's smallest militaries, consisting of 245 personnel. It is much better equipped for fulfilling its civil roles as opposed to providing a deterrence against would-be aggressors or in defending the nation during a war.


The RABDF consists of four major units:

Former deployments


See also


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  3. "Dion E. Phillips - Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force: A Preliminary Look". Retrieved 30 June 2018.
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