Ahmed Shiyam

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Major General Ahmed Shiyam
Allegiance  Maldives
Service/branch Maldives National Defence Force
Rank Major General
Commands held Chief of Defence Force
Commandant Coast Guard
Commandant Central Area
Commandant Marine Corps
Commandant Training Facility
Commandant Defence Institute for Training and Education
Commanding Officer - Northern Regional HQ
Commanding Officer - Southern Regional HQ
Commanding Officer - Regional HQ Hulhule'
Commanding Officer - Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Commanding Officer Support Battalion II
Commanding Officer Rapid Reaction Forces
Battles/wars 1988 Maldives Coup
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Presidential Medal
3rd November Medal
Defence Force Service Medal
Dedicated Service Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Centenary Medal

Major General Ahmed Shiyam ndc, psc is serving as the Chief of Defence Force of the Maldives National Defence Force. He was appointed to this post on the 9th of February 2012.[1]

Military career and training[edit]

Shiyam joined the Maldivian National Defence Force on 16 September 1986 and is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, UK. After graduating from Royal Military Academy, General Shiyam began his career as an instructor in the Girifushi Training Center.[1] General Shiyam was instrumental in bringing about a major change in the training philosophy of the MNDF, and is responsible for most of the present day institutional training of the MNDF. He spent most of his early career in the Training Unit of the MNDF, eventually being promoted to Commanding Officer of the Unit and Commandant of the training facility.[1]

He is a graduate of the prestigious National Defence College of India, and completed his Infantry Officer Advance Course at Fort Benning, USA and is the first Maldivian graduate from the Command and Staff College in Quetta, Pakistan. General Shiyam has also completed many executive level courses such as the Executive Course from Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. He has also actively participated in senior leadership level seminars and workshops like PASOLS and PASOC[clarification needed], while facilitating and hosting many joint training exercises of MNDF with foreign militaries.[1]

Commands held[edit]

Prior to being appointed as the Chief of Defence force, Major General Shiyam was appointed as the 2nd Commandant of MNDF Coast Guard on 1 September 2011. Prior to this, General Shiyam held the appointment of Commander of MNDF Central Area. General Shiyam has the honour of being the first Commandant of the MNDF Marine Corps on its inception on 15 March 2009. His previous other Command and Staff appointments include Commandant, Training Facility and Commanding Officer - Defence Institute for Training and Education, Commanding Officer - Northern Regional Headquarters, Commanding Officer – Southern Regional Headquarters, Commanding Officer - Regional Headquarters Hulhule’, Executive Officer for both the Chief of Defence Force and the Minister of Defence, Commanding Officer - Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Commanding Officer - Support Battalion II and Commander - Rapid Reaction Forces.[1]

Military decorations[edit]

Service Medal decorations[1][2]
  • The Distinguished Service Medal
  • The Presidential Medal
  • The 3 November Medal
  • The Defence Force Service Medal
  • The Dedicated Service Medal
  • The Good Conduct Medal
  • The Centenary Medal


Major General Shiyam is married and has two daughters and two sons.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Chief of Defence Force's Biography". MNDF. Archived from the original on April 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
Preceded by
Moosa Ali Jaleel
Chief of Defence Force (Maldives)
2012- Present
Succeeded by