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The Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Armed Forces (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ সশস্ত্র বাহিনী, Bānlādēśa saśastra bāhinī) consists of the three uniformed military services: the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army, the Bangladesh Navy
Bangladesh Navy
and the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Air Force. The para-military organization Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC)
Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC)
is a reserved force and directed by Army, Navy, Air Force.[clarification needed] It is under the command of Defence Ministry. The para-military Border Guard Bangladesh
Border Guard Bangladesh
(formerly Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Rifles) and Bangladesh Coast Guard are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Home Affairs[5] during peacetime, but during wartime they fall under the command of Bangladesh Army
Bangladesh Army
and Bangladesh Navy
Bangladesh Navy
respectively. The President of Bangladesh
President of Bangladesh
is the Commander-in-chief
Commander-in-chief
of the military, the Armed Forces Division
Armed Forces Division
(AFD) is the principal administrative organization by which military policy is formulated and executed and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) does not exercise any authority over the Armed Forces and is far less powerful than the AFD. Currently, both AFD and MoD are headed by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. To coordinate military policy with diplomacy both the President and the Prime Minister are advised by a six-member advisory board, three Chiefs of Staff, which includes the head of each of the regular services, Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division, and Military
Military
Secretaries to the President and the Prime Minister. The Director Generals of the NSI, the DGFI and the BGB also serve in an advisory capacity.[6][7] The Armed Forces Day is observed on 21 November.[8] Official functions are held at "Bangabhaban", Armed Forces Division
Armed Forces Division
Headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment, and at every military installation throughout the country.[9]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Bangladesh
Bangladesh
War of Independence

2 Sectors and Subsectors 3 BD Forces 1971 Brigades and Regiment Commanders 4 Medals and decorations

4.1 Gallantry awards 4.2 Service medals

5 Current deployments 6 Training 7 Ranks 8 Organization

8.1 Regular forces 8.2 Para-military forces 8.3 Civil forces and reserves 8.4 Specialized forces 8.5 Military
Military
districts 8.6 Educational and training institutes 8.7 Training institutes of Bangladeshi Air Force 8.8 Training Institutes of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Navy 8.9 Army Cantonments 8.10 Air Force bases 8.11 Navy bases

9 Gallery 10 See also 11 References 12 External links

History[edit]

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Navy's guided missile frigate cruising at sea

MiG-29 and Chengdu F-7 during Bangladesh Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
Victory Day Fly Past and Aerobatics Show 2016

Main article: Military
Military
history of Bangladesh Bangladesh
Bangladesh
War of Independence[edit] The modern history of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
military began its inception on the night of 25 March 1971 when the Pakistan
Pakistan
military launched a brutal attack named Operation Searchlight. On 26 March[10] 1971, Major
Major
Ziaur Rahman, 2nd-in-Command of the 8th East Bengal Rgmt. and other Bengali officers organized a revolt and countered the Pakistan
Pakistan
army units in Jessore, Chittagong, Comilla
Comilla
and other areas in East Pakistan. During the early morning hours of 26 March Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
declared the Independence of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
as the interim head of the Provincial Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Government. On 27 March Major
Major
Ziaur Rahman
Ziaur Rahman
broadcast the second declaration of Independence on behalf of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from the captured Kalurghat radio station in Chittagong.[11] Hence, the Independence day of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
is 26 March.[12] On 4 April 1971 under the command and leadership of the commander-in-chief Colonel
Colonel
M. A. G. Osmani, the Bangladesh Forces
Bangladesh Forces
began organization and creation with the title of Mukti Bahini. During the first Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Sector Commanders Conference[13] (held during 11–17 July 1971) Mukti Bahini were organized and formed for the ongoing Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Liberation war from Pakistan. It was significant in the sense that during this historic conference the Mukti Bahini
Mukti Bahini
field command structure, sector reorganization, reinforcement, appointment of field commanders and tactics of warfare were decided upon and carried out. This conference was presided over jointly by the then Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Tajuddin Ahmed,[14] and Colonel
Colonel
Muhammad Ataul Gani Osmani
Muhammad Ataul Gani Osmani
Commander in Chief of all Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Forces. During this conference M.A.G. Osmani was reinstated from retirement to active duty into the Armed Forces of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
as its senior most official, with the rank of Colonel
Colonel
reactivated. Principal participants of this conference were Principal Military
Military
Representative of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Government-in-Exile at Chakulia Guerilla Training Camp (Bihar) Squadron Leader
Squadron Leader
M. Hamidullah Khan, Mukti Bahini
Mukti Bahini
Commander
Commander
Sector 1 Major
Major
Ziaur Rahman, Mukti Bahini Commander
Commander
Sector 2 Major
Major
Khaled Mosharraf, Mukti Bahini
Mukti Bahini
Commander Sector 3 Major
Major
K M Shafiullah, Mukti Bahini
Mukti Bahini
Commander
Commander
Sector 4 Major
Major
C R Datta, Major
Major
M. A. Jalil, Captain Rafiqul Islam, Lt. Col. Abdur Rab, Wing Commander
Commander
Khademul Bashar, Major
Major
Najmul Haque, Major
Major
Mir Shawkat Ali. Lt. Col. Abdur Rab was appointed as Chief of Staff, Bangladesh Army.[15] Colonel
Colonel
Osmani unwillingly appointed Group Captain
Group Captain
A. K. Khandker as Deputy Chief of Staff in place of Group Captain
Group Captain
Muhammad Ghulam Tawab, whom Osmani wanted to appoint as his Deputy Commander-in-Chief. Bangladesh
Bangladesh
was divided into Eleven Sectors under Sector Commanders.[13] For better management of military operations each sector was divided into a combination of sub-sectors, commanded by a Sub-Sector Commander. The 10th Sector was kept under the direct command of the Commander
Commander
in Chief and included the Naval Commandos as C-in-C’s special operations force. These commandos were later absorbed into the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Navy.[16][17] The Mukti Bahini
Mukti Bahini
received assistance from the Indian Government soon after the start of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Liberation war.[18] The Soviet Union and the US were also drawn in the Cold War
Cold War
politics in the region. The US policy of the Nixon Administration, guided by then US National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
was courting Pakistan
Pakistan
to open ties with China, hence could not support the Bangladeshi struggle for independence. However, Nixon's policy did supply emergency relief assistance to India
India
and diplomatic support to Pakistan.[19][20] On 21 November 1971, when the natural climate was dry and more adaptable and by which time the Bangladesh Forces
Bangladesh Forces
had severely weakened the strength of the West Pakistan
Pakistan
Forces through its guerilla operations, under a complicated politico-military scenario.[21][22] India- Pakistan
Pakistan
war of 1971 breaks out and Indian troops enter Bangladesh
Bangladesh
allied with Mukti Bahini.[23] The Pakistani force were demoralized from constant attacks by the Mukti Bahini, on 16 December 1971 the Pakistani Military
Military
force in Bangladesh
Bangladesh
surrender to a joint force of Indian and Bangladesh
Bangladesh
forces.[24][25] Group Captain
Group Captain
A. K. Khandker represented the Bangladeshi side at the signing of the surrender treaty.[26] K M Shafiullah, S Force commander, and a handful of others were also among the hundreds of local masses who surrounded the event from a distance. "No protocol was set on what they were supposed to do". A fact Shafiullah admitted himself. "We rushed to the Race Course from the airport. I was a member of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
delegation. But we were not sure what we were supposed to do. I was standing in front of the signing table. That's why I do not appear in any photographs. There was rejoicing all around. We put Niazi on a jeep and sent him away. That night I did not come across anyone." -Major General
General
Shafiullah spoke to Kaushik Sankar Das.[27] The Bangladesh Forces
Bangladesh Forces
was organized for the War of Independence in 1971 under 11 (eleven) sectors and subsequently into three brigade size commands with ultimately only one being fully operational and organized, Z Force. BDF HQQ's 8 Theatre Road, Calcutta, India. Prime Minister: Mr. Tajuddin Ahmad BD Forces C-in-C: Colonel
Colonel
Muhammad Ataul Gani Osmani
Muhammad Ataul Gani Osmani
(Appointed General
General
1972) BD Forces Principal Military
Military
Representative: Chakulia Guerilla Training Camp (Bihar) – Squadron Leader
Squadron Leader
M. Hamidullah Khan(Until June) BD Forces Deputy C-in-C
C-in-C
Group Captain
Group Captain
Muhammad Ghulam Tawab
Muhammad Ghulam Tawab
(17 Dec 1971 ~ 7 April 1972) BD Government Non-Combatant Staff : BD Forces Military
Military
Secretary to C-in-C
C-in-C
Major
Major
Chowdhury BD Forces ADC to C-in-C
C-in-C
Captain Noor BD Forces PSO I to C-in-C
C-in-C
– Administration and Personnel BD Forces PSO II to C-in-C
C-in-C
– Operations and Training BD Forces Chief of Army Staff Lt. Col. M. A. Rab (HQ Tripura) BD Forces Deputy Chief of Staff(Liaison) Group Captain
Group Captain
A.K. Khandker (Kalyani Bldg.) Sectors and Subsectors[edit]

Sectors[13] of Bangladesh Forces
Bangladesh Forces
– War of Independence

Sector & Date of Formation Area Sector Commander Sub Sectors (Commanders)

Sector 1 – 4 April 1971 Chittagong
Chittagong
District, Chittagong
Chittagong
Hill Tracts, and the entire eastern area of the Noakhali District
Noakhali District
on the banks of the river Muhuri. The headquarters of the sector was at Harina. • Major
Major
Ziaur Rahman
Ziaur Rahman
– (10 April 1971 – 10 May 1971)Transferred to Sector 11 • Major
Major
Rafiqul Islam (10 May 1971 – 7 April 1972)

Rishimukh (Captain Shamsul Islam); Sreenagar (Captain Matiur Rahman, Captain Mahfuzur Rahman); Manughat (Captain Mahfuzur Rahman); Tabalchhari ( Sergeant
Sergeant
Ali Hossain); and Dimagiri (Army Sergeant, name unknown until today).

Sector 2 – 4 April 1971 Districts of Dhaka, Comilla, and Faridpur, and part of Noakhali District. • Major
Major
Khaled Mosharraf
Khaled Mosharraf
– (10 April 1971 – 22 September 1971)Transferred • Major
Major
ATM Haider
ATM Haider
(Sector Commander
Commander
22 September 1971 – 18 December 1971)

Gangasagar, Akhaura and Kasba (Mahbub, Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Farooq, and Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Humayun Kabir); Mandabhav (Captain Gaffar); Shalda-nadi (Mahmud Hasan); Matinagar ( Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Didarul Alam); Nirbhoypur (Captain Akbar, Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Mahbub); and Rajnagar (Captain Jafar Imam, Captain Shahid, and Lieutenant Imamuzzaman)

Sector 3 – 4 April 1971 Area between Churaman Kathi (near Sreemangal) and Sylhet
Sylhet
in the north and Singerbil of Brahmanbaria in the south. • Major
Major
K M Shafiullah
K M Shafiullah
(10 April 1971 – 21 July 1971) • Captain ANM Nuruzzaman (23 July 1971 – 7 April 1972)

Asrambari (Captain Aziz, Captain Ejaz); Baghaibari (Captain Aziz, Captain) Ejaz); Hatkata (Captain Matiur Rahman); Simla (Captain Matin); Panchabati (Captain Nasim); Mantala (Captain MSA Bhuyan); Vijoynagar (Captain MSA Bhuyan); Kalachhora ( Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Majumdar); Kalkalia ( Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Golam Helal Morshed); and Bamutia ( Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Sayeed)

Sector 4 – 4 April 1971 Area from Habiganj District
Habiganj District
on the north to Kanaighat Police Station on the south along the 100 mile long border with India. The headquarters of the sector was initially at Karimganj and later at Masimpur. • Major
Major
Chittaranjan Datta (10 April 1971 – 7 April 1972) • Captain A. Rab

Jalalpur (Mahbubur Rob Sadi); Barapunji (Captain A. Rab); Amlasid ( Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Zahir); Kukital ( Flight Lieutenant
Flight Lieutenant
Kader, Captain Shariful Haq); Kailas Shahar ( Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Wakiuzzaman); and Subedar Major Fazlul Haque Chowdhury Ex EPR Kamalpur (Captain Enam)

Sector 5 Area from Durgapur to Danki (Tamabil) of Sylhet District
Sylhet District
and the entire area up to the eastern borders of the district. The headquarters of the sector was at Shilong, Bharat. • Major
Major
Mir Shawkat Ali
Mir Shawkat Ali
– (30 July 1971 – 7 April 1972)

Muktapur (Captain Qazi Faruq Ahmed, Subsector Commander, 16 June 1971 till 1 February 1972;[28] Subedar
Subedar
Mujibur Rahman, Second in Command; Nayeb Subedar
Subedar
Nazir Hussain, Admin in charge(non-combatant)) Dawki ( Subedar Major BR Chowdhury, (non-combatant)); Shela (Captain Helal); Bholaganj ( Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Taheruddin Akhunji); Balat ( Sergeant
Sergeant
Ghani, Captain Salahuddin and Enamul Haq Chowdhury); and Barachhara (Captain Muslim Uddin). Captain Abdul Mutalib was in charge of Sangram Punji (Jaflong) until 10 May 1971

Sector 11 – 10 June 1971 Mymensingh
Mymensingh
and Tangail along with parts of Rangpur – Gaibandha, Ulipur, Kamalpur and Chilmari. The headquarters of the sector was at Teldhala until 10 October, then transferred to Mahendraganj. • Major
Major
Ziaur Rahman
Ziaur Rahman
– BDF HQ Appointed(15 May 1971 – 10 October 1971)Transferred to Sylhet
Sylhet
Sector 4&5 • Squadron Leader
Squadron Leader
M. Hamidullah Khan
M. Hamidullah Khan
- BDF HQ Appointed(2 November 1971 – 7 April 1972) • Major
Major
Abu Taher
Abu Taher
– Interim Appointment by Major
Major
Ziaur Rahman
Ziaur Rahman
(10 October 1971) – mine blast caused loss of leg (2 November 1971); Indian Medical Board Release 14 November '71 Pune

Mankarchar ( Squadron Leader
Squadron Leader
M.Hamidullah Khan
M.Hamidullah Khan
15 July ~ 2 November 1971); Mahendraganj ( Major
Major
Abu Taher
Abu Taher
18 August ~ 10 October – Transferred; Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Mannan); Purakhasia ( Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Hashem); Dhalu ( Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Taher; Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Kamal); Rangra (Matiur Rahman) Shivabari (divided between JCOs of the EPR); Bagmara (divided between JCOs of the EPR); and Maheshkhola (a member of the EPR).

Sector 6 Rangpur District
Rangpur District
and part of Dinajpur District. The headquarters of the sector was at Burimari near Patgram. • Wing Commander
Commander
M Khademul Bashar – (15 July 1971 – 7 April 1972)

Bhajanpur (Captain Nazrul, Flight Lieutenant
Flight Lieutenant
Sadruddin and Captain Shahriyar); Patgram (Initially divided between JCOs of the EPR and later taken over by Captain Matiur Rahman); Sahebganj (Captain Nawazesh Uddin); Mogalhat (Captain Delwar); and Chilahati ( Flight Lieutenant
Flight Lieutenant
Iqbal)

Sector 7 Rajshahi, Pabna, Bogra
Bogra
and part of Dinajpur District. The headquarters of the sector was at Taranngapur. • Major
Major
Nazmul Huq
Nazmul Huq
(2–20 August 1971) • Major
Major
Kazi Nuruzzaman
Kazi Nuruzzaman
(21 August – 7 April 1972) • Subedar Major M A Rab

Malan (initially divided between JCOs and later taken over by Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir); Tapan ( Major
Major
Nazmul Huq, also commanded by CO of the EPR); Mehdipur ( Subedar
Subedar
Iliyas, Captain Mohiuddin Jahangir); Hamzapur (Captain Idris); Anginabad (unnamed freedom fighter); Sheikhpara (Captain Rashid); Thokrabari ( Subedar
Subedar
Muazzam); and Lalgola (Captain Gheyasuddin Chowdhury).

Sector 8 In April 1971, the operational area of the sector comprised the districts of Kushtia, Jessore, Khulna, Barisal, Faridpur and Patuakhali. At the end of May the sector was reconstituted and comprised the districts of Kuhstia, Jessore, Khulna, Satkhira and the northern part of Faridpur district. The headquarters of the sector was at Benapole. • Major
Major
Abu Osman Chowdhury Dishonorable discharge
Dishonorable discharge
(15 May – 30 June 1971) • Major
Major
Abul Manzur
Abul Manzur
– Deceased (15 August 1971 – 7 April 1972)

Boyra (Captain Khandokar Nazmul Huda); Hakimpur (Captain Shafiq Ullah); Bhomra (Captain Salahuddin, Captain Shahabuddin); Lalbazar (Captain AR Azam Chowdhury); Banpur (Captain Mostafizur Rahman); Benapole
Benapole
(Captain Abdul Halim, Captain Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury); and Shikarpur (Captain Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Jahangir).

Sector 9 Barisal, Patuakhali, and parts of the district of Khulna
Khulna
and Faridpur. • Major
Major
M. A. Jalil
M. A. Jalil
– (17 July – 24 December 1971) • Major
Major
Abul Manzur • Major
Major
Joynal Abedin

Taki; Hingalganj; and Shamshernagar.

Sector 10 This sector consisted of the Naval Commandos. • Commander
Commander
HQ BD Forces (3–16 December 1971) None.

Map showing Bangladesh War of Independence
Bangladesh War of Independence
Sectors

BD Forces 1971 Brigades and Regiment Commanders[edit]

K Force (Brigade) – Unit formed on 15 September 1971, commanded by Major
Major
Khaled Mosharraf
Khaled Mosharraf
( Commander
Commander
– Sector 2)

4th East Bengal Regiment
East Bengal Regiment
Commanding Officer
Commanding Officer
– Captain Halder Md Abdul Gaffar 9th East Bengal Regiment
East Bengal Regiment
Commanding Officer
Commanding Officer
– Maj Ainudiin 10th East Bengal Regiment
East Bengal Regiment
Commanding Officer
Commanding Officer
– Captain Jafar Imam

S Force (Brigade) – Unit formed on 24 September 1971 Commanded by Major
Major
K M Shafiullah
K M Shafiullah
( Commander
Commander
– Sector 4)

2nd East Bengal Regiment
East Bengal Regiment
Commanding Officer
Commanding Officer
– 11th East Bengal Regiment
East Bengal Regiment
Commanding Officer
Commanding Officer

Z Force[29] (Brigade) – Unit formed on 7 July 1971. Commanded by Major
Major
Ziaur Rahman
Ziaur Rahman
( Commander
Commander
– Sector 11 )

1st East Bengal Regiment
East Bengal Regiment
– CO – Major
Major
Ziauddin. 1st East Bengal Regiment's Senior Officer Major
Major
Ziauddin was appointed as CO on 12 August 1971 after the operational attack on Pakistan Army
Pakistan Army
BOP at Kamalpur took place on 31 July 1971 under BDF Sector 11.

- Battalion Adjutant/Quartermaster: Flight Lieutenant
Flight Lieutenant
Liaqat Ali Khan 'Alpha' Company Commander: Captain Mahbubur Rahman 'Bravo' Company Commander: Captain Hafiz Uddin Ahmad 'Charlie' Company Commander: Captain Salah Uddin Momtaz Acting Company Commander
Commander
Second Lieutenant Anisur Rahman Acting Platoon Commander
Commander
Second Lieutenant Wakar Hassan

3rd East Bengal Regiment
East Bengal Regiment
– CO : Major
Major
Shafaat Jamil.

- 2IC: Captain Mohsin Uddin Ahmad - Battalion Adjutant: Flight Lieutenant
Flight Lieutenant
Ashraful Alam - RMO: Dr Wasi Uddin - Acting Company Commander: Second Lieutenant Fazle Hossain - Company Officer: Flight Lieutenant
Flight Lieutenant
Ashraful Alam - Platoon Commander: Second Lieutenant Manzur Ahmad 'Alpha' Company: Captain Anwar Hossain 'Bravo' Company: Captain Akbar Hossain 'Charlie' Company: Captain Mohsin Uddin Ahmad

8th East Bengal Regiment
East Bengal Regiment
– CO: Major
Major
Abu Zafar Muhammad Aminul Haque

- 2IC: Captain Khaleq Uz Zaman Chowdhury - RMO: Dr Belayet Hossain - Acting Company Commander: Second Lieutenant Emdadul Haq - Company Officer: Second Lieutenant Munibur Rahman - Platoon Commander: Second Lieutenant Abu Zafar 'Alpha' Company: Captain Khaleq Uz Zaman Chowdhury 'Bravo' Company: Captain Sadeq Hossain 'Charlie' Company: Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Modasser Hossain 'Delta' Company: Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Mahbubur Rahman

2nd Field Artillery
Field Artillery
Battery (Rawshanara Battery) – CO: Major Khandkar Abdur Rashid. During mid-September six 105 mm Howitzers were delivered at Assam's Masimpur district from India's Echo sector. Primarily with these six artillery pieces the 2nd FA battery was formed at Koishal, India, opposite Sylhet
Sylhet
border area. From 10, 2 October FA battery assisted Z Force in the Sylhet
Sylhet
sector in direct fire support and ground operations during multiple missions against Pakistan
Pakistan
army strongholds.

- Battery Adjutant: Captain A. M. Rashed Chowdhury - Battery Officer: Second Lieutenant Kazi Sazzad Ali Zahir

No. 1 Signal Company – Unit formed on 5 September 1971, CO: Captain Abdul Halim. Since October the First Signal Company of Bangladesh Forces was assigned to Z Force's 8th East Bengal Regiment
East Bengal Regiment
and participated in every single mission. Notably in the Sylhet
Sylhet
zone 4th and 5th Sector's Borolekha, Fultola, Adamtila, Biyani Bazar operations.

Medals and decorations[edit] Main article: Military
Military
awards and decorations of Bangladesh The following are the various gallantry, service and war medals of the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Armed Forces.[30][31][32][33][34] Gallantry awards[edit]

Bir Sreshtho-(Bengali: বীরশ্রেষ্ঠ; literally, "The Most Valiant Hero"), the highest gallantry award Bir Uttom- (Bengali: বীর উত্তম; literally, "Better among Braves"), the second highest gallantry award Bir Bikrom- (Bengali: বীর বিক্রম; literally, "Valiant hero"), the third highest gallantry award Bir Protik- (Bengali: বীর প্রতীক; literally, "Symbol of Bravery or Idol of Courage"), the fourth highest gallantry award

Service medals[edit]

Order of Military
Military
Merit Jestha Padak I (10 years service) Jestha Padak II (20 years service) Jestha Padak III (30 years service)

Current deployments[edit]

Map of Bangladeshi Military
Military
UN Peacekeeping
Peacekeeping
Force

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
has consistently made large contributions to United Nations peacekeeping operations. As of May 2007, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
had major deployments in Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Lebanon, Sudan, Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste
and Cote d'Ivoire.[35] With 10,736 troops deployed, it ranks first in personnel contributions to UN peacekeeping.[36] The government declined to participate in Iraq on a request from the United States. The deployment to Liberia began in October 2003 and has remained at a level of about 3200 who are participating in peacekeeping, charitable activities and infrastructure development. Training[edit] Officers are trained and educated for two and a half years at the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Military
Military
Academy, Bhatiary, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Naval Academy at Patenga, both located in Chittagong
Chittagong
and Bangladesh Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
Academy located in Jessore. For advance training during their career, officers are sent to Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Defence Services Command and Staff College at Mirpur, while senior officers attend the National Defense University for Armed Forces War Course. Many attend the Military
Military
Institute of Science and Technology while serving. Officers of the Army Medical Corps are recruited after graduation from civil medical colleges. They undergo basic military training at Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Military
Military
Academy followed by professional training in medical corps centre and Armed Forces Medical Institute. Recently cadets of Armed Forces Medical College also started joining the services directly.[37] Ranks[edit] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
military ranks, essentially corresponds to those used by the armed forces of the commonwealth nations. There are three different systems of rank for commissioned officers of the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army, Bangladesh Navy
Bangladesh Navy
and Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Air Force. The Para-military force Border Guards Bangladesh
Bangladesh
follows the same rank structure as the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army. Bangladesh Coast Guard
Bangladesh Coast Guard
follows the naval rank structure.

Army Navy Air Force Border Guard Bangladesh
Border Guard Bangladesh
(BGB) Coast Guard

General Admiral Air Chief Marshal

Lieutenant
Lieutenant
General Vice Admiral Air Marshal

Major
Major
General Rear Admiral Air Vice Marshal Major
Major
General Rear Admiral

Brigadier General Commodore Air Commodore Brigadier General Commodore

Colonel Captain Group Captain Colonel Captain

Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Colonel Commander Wing Commander Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Colonel Commander

Major Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Commander Squadron Leader Major Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Commander

Captain Lieutenant Flight Lieutenant Captain Lieutenant

Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant Flying Officer Lieutenant Sub Lieutenant

Second Lieutenant Midshipman Pilot Officer Second Lieutenant Midshipman

Officer Cadet Officer Cadet Flight Cadet

Organization[edit] Regular forces[edit]

Bangladesh Army
Bangladesh Army
( Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Sena Bahini) Bangladesh Navy
Bangladesh Navy
( Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Nou-bahini) Bangladesh Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
( Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Biman Bahini)

Para-military forces[edit]

Border Guard Bangladesh
Border Guard Bangladesh
(BGB) Bangladesh Coast Guard
Bangladesh Coast Guard
(BCG)

Civil forces and reserves[edit]

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Ansar Village Defence Party
Village Defence Party
(VDP) Bangladesh
Bangladesh
National Cadet Corps(BNCC)

Specialized forces[edit]

President Guard Regiment
President Guard Regiment
(PGR) – Bangabhaban
Bangabhaban
(President's Office) Special Security Force
Special Security Force
(SSF) - Prime Minister's Office Para-Commando Brigade(The Cheetahs) - Under Command AHQ, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army Special Warfare Diving And Salvage
Special Warfare Diving And Salvage
(SWADS) – Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Navy 41 squadron airborne – Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Air Force

Military
Military
districts[edit]

Savar
Savar
Area Command Ghatail Area Command Bogra
Bogra
Area Command Rangpur Area Command Comilla
Comilla
Area Command Chittagong
Chittagong
Area Command Ramu Area Command Jessore
Jessore
Area Command Sylhet
Sylhet
Area Command Barisal
Barisal
Area Command Army Training and Doctrine Command Army Logistics Area

Dhaka
Dhaka
Cantonment

HQ All Military
Military
Lands HQ Cantonment Boards HQ's of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army Armed Forces Division
Armed Forces Division
(AFD) 46 Independent Infantry Brigade 24 Independent Engineers Brigade 18 Engineers Brigade 6 Air Defence Brigade 14 Army Signal Brigade HQ, President's Guard Regiment Inter Services Selection Board (ISSB) HQ's Armed Forces Medical and Nursing Corps (AFMNC) Central Officer's Record Office (CORO) HQ's Armed Forces Recruiting Centre (AFRC) HQ's Cantonment Public Schools HQ's Armed Forces Library Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) National Armed Forces Cemetery

Educational and training institutes[edit]

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Military
Military
Academy (BMA), Bhatiary, Chittagong School of Infantry and Tactics
School of Infantry and Tactics
(SI&T), Jalalabad Cantonment, Sylhet. Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSC&SC), Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka. National Defence College (NDC), Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka. Military Institute of Science and Technology
Military Institute of Science and Technology
(MIST), Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka. Armoured Corps Centre & School (ACC&S), Majira Cantonment, Bogra.[38] Engineer Centre and School of Military
Military
Engineering, Quadirabad Cantonment, Natore. Signal Training Centre and School, Jessore
Jessore
Cantonment, Jessore. Army Service Corp Centre & School, Jahanabad Cantonment, Khulna. Army Medical Corps Centre & School, Shaheed Salahuddin Cantonment, Ghatail, Tangail. Ordnance Corps Centre & School, Rajendrapur Cantonment, Gazipur Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT), Rajendrapur Cantonment, Gazipur. Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Centre and School, Saidpur Cantonment, Nilphamari. Corps of Military
Military
Police Centre and School, Shahid Salahuddin Cantonment, Ghatail, Tangail. Army School of Education and Administration, Shahid Salahuddin Cantonment, Ghatail, Tangail. Army School of Physical Training and Sports (ASPTS), Dhaka
Dhaka
Cantonment, Dhaka. Army School of Music, Chittagong
Chittagong
Cantonment, Chittagong. Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Dhaka
Dhaka
Cantonment, Dhaka. Artillery Centre and School, Halishahar, Chittagong. School of Military
Military
Intelligence, Moynamoti Cantonment, Comilla. East Bengal Regimental Centre, Chittagong
Chittagong
Cantonment, Chittagong. Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Infantry Regimental Centre, Rajshahi
Rajshahi
Cantonment, Rajshahi. Non Commissioned Officers Academy, Majira Cantonment, Bogra.[39] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
University Of Professionals(BUP), Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka. Bangladesh
Bangladesh
National Cadet Corps (BNCC), Dhaka
Dhaka
Cantonment, Dhaka.

Training institutes of Bangladeshi Air Force[edit]

Bangladesh Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
Academy (BAFA), Jessore. Flying Instructors School (FIS), Bogra. Command and Staff Training Institute (CSTI), Dhaka. Flight Safety Institute (FSI), Dhaka. Officers' Training School (OTS), Jessore. Aero-Medical Institute (AMI), Dhaka. Fighter Controller Training Unit (FCTU), Dhaka. School of Physical Fitness (SOPF), Dhaka. Recruits Training School (RTS), Chittagong. Training Wing (TW), Chittagong. Mechanical Transport Driving School (MTDS), Shamsher Nagar.

Training Institutes of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Navy[edit]

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Naval Academy (BNA), Chittagong. BNS Shaheed Moazzem, Kaptai, Rangamati
Rangamati
Hill District, Chittagong. (For Sailor's Advanced Training) BNS ISA KHAN, Chittagong
Chittagong
(Home of 13 Different Training Schools) BNS TITUMIR, Khulna
Khulna
(Home of New Entry Training School (NETS) and School of Logistics and Management (SOLAM)) School of Maritime Warfare & Tactics, Chittagong
Chittagong
Port.

Army Cantonments[edit] Cantonments are where Bangladesh Army
Bangladesh Army
personnel work, train, and live.[40]

Alikadam Cantonment
Alikadam Cantonment
(Bandarban) Bandarban Cantonment
Bandarban Cantonment
(Bandarban) Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Military
Military
Academy ( Chittagong
Chittagong
District) Bogra Cantonment
Bogra Cantonment
(Bogra) Chittagong
Chittagong
Cantonment (Chittagong) Comilla Cantonment
Comilla Cantonment
(Comilla) Dhaka Cantonment
Dhaka Cantonment
(Dhaka) Dighinala Cantonment
Dighinala Cantonment
(Khagrachari) Halishahar Cantonment
Halishahar Cantonment
(Chittagong) Jahanabad Cantonment
Jahanabad Cantonment
(Khulna) Jahangirabad Cantonment
Jahangirabad Cantonment
(Bogra) Jalalabad Cantonment
Jalalabad Cantonment
(Sylhet) Jamuna Cantonment
Jamuna Cantonment
(Bhuapur, Tangail) Jessore
Jessore
Cantonment (Jessore) Kaptai Cantonment
Kaptai Cantonment
(Kaptai) Khagrachari Cantonment
Khagrachari Cantonment
(Khagrachari) Kholahati Cantonment
Kholahati Cantonment
(Parbatipur, Dinajpur) Mirpur Cantonment
Mirpur Cantonment
(Mirpur) Mymensingh Cantonment
Mymensingh Cantonment
(Mymensingh) Padma Cantonment
Padma Cantonment
(Munshiganj and Shariatpur) Postogola Cantonment (Dhaka) Qadirabad Cantonment (Natore) Rajendrapur Cantonment (Gazipur) Rajshahi Cantonment
Rajshahi Cantonment
(Rajshahi) Ramu Cantonment
Ramu Cantonment
(Ramu, Cox's Bazar) Rangamati Cantonment
Rangamati Cantonment
(Rangamati) Rangpur Cantonment (Rangpur) Saidpur Cantonment
Saidpur Cantonment
(Saidpur, Rangpur) Savar Cantonment (Savar) Shahid Salahuddin Cantonment (Ghatail, Tangail) Sheikh Hasina
Sheikh Hasina
cantonment (Patuakhali)

Air Force bases[edit]

BAF Base Bangabandhu (Dhaka) BAF Base Cox's Bazar
Cox's Bazar
(Cox's Bazar) BAF Base Khademul Bashar (Dhaka) BAF Base Matiur Rahman (Jessore) BAF Base Paharkanchanpur (Tangail) BAF Base Zahurul Haq (Chittagong)

Navy bases[edit]

BNS Haji Mohshin (Dhaka) BNS Issa Khan
BNS Issa Khan
(Chittagong) BNS Shaheed Moazzem (Rangamati) BNS Sheikh Hasina
Sheikh Hasina
(Cox's Bazar) BNS Sher-e-Bangla (Patuakhali) BNS Titumir (Khulna) BNS Ulka (Chittagong) BNS Vatiary (Chittagong)

Gallery[edit]

Humanitarian operation after Cyclone Sidr

Bangladesh Army
Bangladesh Army
soldiers unload a shipment of bottled water for cyclone victims.

Bangladesh Army
Bangladesh Army
personnel unloading boxes of food for cyclone victims at Barisal

Bangladesh Army
Bangladesh Army
personnel and armoured personnel carrier in UN peacekeeping mission

Army soldiers on active duty in Dhaka

Army personnel at Victory Day Parade 2012

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army's main battle tanks at Victory Day Parade 2012

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army's Type-69II Mk2G main battle tank

AS365 Dauphin helicopter of Bangladesh Army
Bangladesh Army
Aviation Group

BTR-80
BTR-80
armoured personnel carrier of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army

FM-90 surface-to-air missile of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Military

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
navy frigate BNS Somudra Joy
BNS Somudra Joy
(F-28) at Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
in 2013

BNS Bangabandhu
BNS Bangabandhu
(F-25) guided missile frigate at sea.

BNS Osman
BNS Osman
(F-18) guided missile frigate at sea

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
navy frigate BNS Somudra Avijan
BNS Somudra Avijan
(F-29) at Alameda, California in 2015

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
navy patrol ship BNS Sangu

Bangladesh Navy
Bangladesh Navy
frigate and OPV at Exercise CARAT 2012 conducted by US Pacific Fleet

Bangladesh Navy
Bangladesh Navy
SWADS personnel amid a joint military exercise with the US Navy in 2011

BNS Nirmul
BNS Nirmul
Durjoy-class patrol craft
Durjoy-class patrol craft
of Navy

Flypast of victory day, 2016 at National Parade Ground

Bangladesh Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
Mikoyan MiG-29
Mikoyan MiG-29
multirole fighter aircraft

Bangladesh Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
Mig-29 rushes of for a short mission

Chengdu F-7 BG fighter aircraft of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Air Force

Lockheed C-130B military transport aircraft of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Air Force

Bangladesh Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
Antonov An-32
Antonov An-32
(converted bomber)

Mil Mi-17
Mil Mi-17
Hip helicopter of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Air Force

Bangladesh Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
Mil Mi-17
Mil Mi-17
helicopter at UN Peacekeeping
Peacekeeping
mission

Bangladesh Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
aircraft during an exercise with US Air Force

Bangladesh Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force
paratroopers descend from a C-130 aircraft

See also[edit]

Government of Bangladesh Military
Military
coups in Bangladesh Forces Goal 2030

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