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Armed Forces of Malta


Headquarters AFM,
Luqa Barracks,
Luqa LQA9080

Tel. no.: 2249 4027



General Information

Office Hours: From Monday to Friday (except Public Holidays)
Winter: 07.00hrs to 12.30hrs and from 13.15hrs to 16.00hrs
Summer: 07.00hrs to 13.30hrs
Request Forms may be obtained from the Downloads section at
The compiled request forms can be submitted either: 

  • By hand at the Headquarters AFM, Luqa Barracks Luqa LQA9080 – addressed to the Freedom of Information Officer, LEGAD, or
  • By Post, addressed as above, or
  • By e-mail to

E-mails received on weekends or public holidays will be actioned on the following working day.
Payments can be made by means of cheque payable to the Commander AFM

Description of the department/directorate/entity’s structure

The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) consists of a Force Headquarters and five separate Units - three land Units, an Air Wing and a Maritime Squadron. Complementing the AFM is a Reserve and an Emergency Volunteer Reserve Force. 

Description of the department/directorate/entity’s functions and responsibilities


The AFM performs two main defence roles designated as 'primary' and 'secondary' defence roles.

Primary Defence Roles:

  • Maintain territorial integrity (particularly at the Malta International Airport and other sensitive locations).
  • Maintain integrity of Maltese waters (physical and electronic surveillance against smuggling, illegal trafficking of immigrants and other illicit activities at sea by conducting Maritime Law Enforcement)
  • Contribute towards international peace and stability by participating overseas crisis management operations.
  • Provide for the surveillance of the Maltese Airspace.
  • Provide Search and Rescue services over Maltese territorial waters and the Search and Rescue region.
  • Provide Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) and Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) cover.  

Secondary Defence Roles:

  • Provide civil emergency protection support
  • Provide military aid to the Police and the Security Service
  • Provide State Ceremonial and Other Public Support Duties.

Details of Internal Complaints Procedure

Members of the public who request information are to fill in the required form which can be downloaded from the FOI website and forward it either electronically or in hard copy format to the FOI officer at Headquarters Armed Forces of Malta.

A complaint may therefore be lodged by filling in the Internal Complaint Procedure Form and forwarding it to the FOI Officer, Headquarters AFM

The FOI officer will inform the complainant about the outcome of his/her complaint within 20 working days, informing about the possibility to lodge an appeal with the Information and Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) in accordance with Articles 9 (Fees) and 23 of the Freedom of Information Act, Cap. 496

General description of the categories of documents the Armed Forces of Malta hold (including exempt documents)

The AFM holds documents falling under the following categories: 

  • Force HR Records
  • General and Part One Orders
  • Internal Inquiries ordered by the Commander AFM.
  • Ombudsman recommendations and correspondence ancillary thereto.
  • Standing Orders
  • Personnel and Administration
  • Communications and Information Systems
  • Procurement and Logistics 
  • Training
  • Legislation 
  • Trade regulations and Trade syllabi.    
  • Parliamentary questions related to the AFM. 
  • Judicial acts and legal documents pertaining to Court proceedings.
  • Search and Rescue case files
  • AFM Operations Instructions 
  • Memorandums of Understanding    

Description of all manuals and similar types of documents which contain policies, principles, rules or guidelines in accordance with which decisions or recommendations are made in respect of members of the public (including bodies corporate and employees of the public authority in their personal capacity)

The AFM are governed by the Malta Armed Forces Act Cap 220. Soldiers enlisted in the AFM do so in accordance to SL 220.03 Appointments and Conditions of
Service of the Regular Force Regulations.

In general AFM operations and force management follow the AFM Standing Orders.