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Major Naveed Muhammad MBE

Major Naveed Muhammad MBE joined the Royal Corps of Signals Army Reserve in December 1987.  Trained as a Communications Systems Operator, he held a normal mix of Squadron roles up to the rank of WO2.  Commissioned in 2007, he embarked on the first of his Full Time appointments as Second in Command of the Birmingham Group of recruiting offices during which time the Group enlisted some of the highest numbers of recruits into the Regular Army.

He then undertook a tour as a Regimental Careers Management Officer of a Royal Signals Reserve Regiment prior to taking on his current role as the Army’s National Liaison Officer.  This role is delivering engagement with priority communities across the UK in order to improve the understanding of the Army as well as the wider Armed Forces in order to support MoD direction to make the UK Armed Forces more reflective of society whilst delivering the right mix of Regular and Reserve Service personnel

He deployed on operations to the former Yugoslavia in 1996 as part of the Implementation Force and then to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003 and 2010 respectively in support of the UK’s commitment there.  Major Muhammad visited Sierra Leone in 2015 during the British military’s deployment to combat the deadly Ebola virus and supported key messaging activities to ensure that the local population was able to participate effectively in eradicating the disease.  He has secured two prestigious Race for Opportunity awards.  Firstly for recruiting, then as Chair of the Armed Forces Muslim Association whose aim is to support personnel in the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.  For his exemplary service, Major Muhammad was awarded an MBE in the 2016 Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

More recently he has been involved in Defence Engagement, working within the MoD in improving the UK Armed Forces’ reputation with strategic partner nations in Europe and the Middle East.

As the current Chair of the Armed Forces Muslim Association (AFMA) which is an employee support network whose aims are to support serving Muslim personnel.  Maj Muhammad works closely with internal policy leads in order to ensure that Army Diversity and Inclusion policy is appropriately shaped to ensure a more inclusive workplace.  AFMA is also closely involved in developing relationships and outreach activities with British Muslim communities in order to improve understanding about the role of the Armed Forces.  He also delivers workshops in schools, with the aim of tackling misconceptions about the Armed Forces whilst building pupils’ confidence.

Continuing his remarkable work, Major Muhammad MBE hopes to inspire more talented young people from minority backgrounds to join their Armed Forces whether in the Reserve or as a Regular. He sincerely believes that Britain’s Armed Forces must reflect the talented diversity of the country.

Britain, more than any other nation in the world, has always been an amalgamation of many different faiths and cultures; with over 3 million soldiers from across the Empire and Commonwealth serving alongside the British Army during the First World War. There But Not There offers an innovative way to pay tribute to all the brave men and women, from all corners of the world, who have served in the British Armed Forces and also recognises those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and security our country. That’s what this year’s centenary is all about, and that’s why I am very proud indeed to support this inspiring project.

Major Muhammad MBE – Chair, Armed Forces Muslim Association (AFMA)

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