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The Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
(BA, Bengali: বাংলাদেশ সেনাবাহিনী, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Senabahini) is the land forces branch and the largest of the three defence service of the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Armed Forces. The primary mission of the Army
Army
is to provide necessary forces and capabilities in support of Bangladesh's security and defence strategies including defence of the nation's territorial integrity against external attack. Control and operations are administered by the Department of the Army
Army
of the Armed Forces Division.[2] In addition to its primary mission the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
is also constitutionally obligated to assist the civilian government during times of national emergency. This role is commonly referred to as "aid to civil administration".

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early history 1.2 Pakistan period 1.3 Liberation war 1971 1.4 Post 1971: The emergence of the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army 1.5 Coups, uprisings and assassinations 1.6 Chattogram Hill Tracts Conflict 1.7 Subsequent growth 1.8 Forces goal 2030 1.9 Contribution to UN Peacekeeping Operations

2 List of Chiefs of Army
Army
Staff 3 Organization

3.1 Structure 3.2 Administrative branches

4 Rank structure

4.1 Commissioned Officer (1st Class gazetted Government Officer) 4.2 Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) 4.3 Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and Ordinary Soldiers

5 List of cantonments 6 Educational and training institutes 7 Equipment 8 Future modernisation plan 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

History[edit] Further information: Military
Military
history of Bangladesh

Victory Day Parade, 2012. National Parade ground, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Type 69 G2 Tank in the victory day Parade 2012 at National Parade Ground

Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin
Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin
helicopter of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army

Early history[edit] The martial tradition of Bengal has its roots in the army of Kings and their chiefs who were called Senapati or Mahasenapati. Armies were composed of infantry, cavalry, war elephants and war boats. The arrival of Muslims and the establishment of the Bengal Sultanate further strengthened the military. The sultanate had well organised disciplined armies. During Mughal rule Cannons and artillery were introduced to Bengal.[3] During the Colonial Rule of the British, Bengal was principally a bulwark of British power and trade in the South Asian region. The British under Robert Clive
Robert Clive
defeated a 50,000 strong Bengal Army
Army
of Nawab Siraj-ud-daullah in the Polashey(Plassey) in 1757 and later the forces of Nawab Mir Qasim
Mir Qasim
at the Battle of Buxar in 1764. The Army
Army
of Bengal was formed, which later became part of a united Indian Army
Army
from 1895 to 1947. The eastern part of the British India was a prominent place for military and police recruitment, with entire horse-mounted cavalry and lancer units being recruited there prior to the Bengal Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.[4][5] Post-mutiny, units with the epithet "Bengal" in their name, such as Bengal Sappers
Bengal Sappers
and Bengal Cavalry, were largely recruited from non-Bengali peoples from Bihar, Varanasi and Uttar Pradesh which were technically still part of Bengal Presidency
Bengal Presidency
at that time.[3][6] During the First World War, the Bangali Paltan was formed to recruit soldiers from Bengal. In 1916, the British Government created Bengali Double Company. They soldiers were trained in Karachi and shipped to the Bagdad. They fought in the war and after the war helped crush a rebellion by Kurds in 1919.[7] During the Second World War, British Armed Forces Eastern Command created an auxiliary force who were part engineers and part infantry named as Indian Pioneer Corps. Most of the soldiers were recruited from both West and East Bengal. This force assisted the main war effort by building roads, airfields, fortifications and, when needed, fought the Japanese in an infantry role. These force was organised in company groups attached to various regiments of Indian Army
Army
in direct support role. Captain Abdul Gani was a Company Commander in the Burma front and led his troops in battle. After the war these Pioneer Troops were concentrated in Jalna, India, waiting to be demobilised and return home. In 1946 Captain Ghani the then Adjutant and Quartermaster of Indian Pioneer Corps Centre at Jalna envisioned and generated the idea of forming an Infantry
Infantry
regiment out of the Pioneer soldiers from East Bengal
East Bengal
who would be returning home demobilised, to the Centre Commander. After receiving permission from the Chief of Staff of Pakistan Army
Army
General
General
Sir Frank Messervy, he organised his men to form the nucleus of an Infantry
Infantry
Regiment, the Bangali Paltan (Platoon).[3] Pakistan period[edit] At the time of the creation of Pakistan Captain Ghani got the approval of the then newly appointed Commander in Chief to Pakistan Army General
General
Messervey to form the East Bengal
East Bengal
Regiment composed solely of youths from East Bengal, would be East Pakistan. On 17 August 1947 General
General
Messervey while bidding farewell to the Pioneer Corps soldiers from Bombay the General
General
endorsed the views of Captain Ghani and said' you will prove to the world that Bengali soldiers are equally competent as other nations of the world.' With these inspiring words Captain Ghani moved to Dhaka in September 1947 with two Pioneer Companies and was temporarily located in Pilkhana now the Headquarters of Border Guards Bangladesh. He was later told by the administration to find a suitable place to accommodate the soldiers. He moved to the north of the Capital and found Kurmitola as the perfect place for a cantonment. Toiling day in and day out the barracks were constructed and jungles cleared, parade ground prepared.[3] On 15 February 1948 the flag of First East Bengal
East Bengal
Regiment the pioneer of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
was raised with Captain Ghani on the lead of all the affairs though the first commanding officer was British Lt Col V J E Patterson.[3] After the raising of the first battalion the second battalion was approved Captain Gani began to recruit the personnel for the regiment. On 7 February 1949 the flag of the Second East Bengal was raised with the newly recruited soldiers and from personnel from First East Bengal. Before the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Liberation War in 1971, a total of 8 battalions of the East Bengal
East Bengal
Regiment were formed.[3] Liberation war 1971[edit] Further information: Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Liberation War In 1970 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
lead Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Awami League
Awami League
to win the General
General
Elections of Pakistan. The Pakistan Army
Army
which was then in power refused to handover power and unrest broke out. On 25 March 1971 Pakistan Armed Forces
Pakistan Armed Forces
cracked down on the civilian population of East Pakistan through the start of Operation Searchlight[8] and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the independence of Bangladesh.[9] The Pakistan Army
Army
and allied paramilitaries killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and uniformed personnel. As a result, in March 1971, Bengali soldiers in East Pakistan
East Pakistan
revolted and the Bangladesh Liberation War started. There was a Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
Sector Commanders Conference during 11–17 July 1971. The conference was held three months after the oath of the newly formed Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Government at Meherpur, Kushtia. During this conference the structure and formation as well as resolving issues surrounding the organisation of the various sectors, strategy and reinforcements of the Bangladeshi forces was determined. It was of considerable historical importance from a tactical point of view, as it determined the command structure of the Bangladeshi forces throughout Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Liberation War.[3][8] This conference was presided over by the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
interim government in exile, headed by then Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmed and Colonel (Retd.) M. A. G. Osmani
M. A. G. Osmani
was made the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Armed Forces. M. A. G. Osmani
M. A. G. Osmani
was reinstated into active duty from his retirement. Principal participants of this conference included: Squadron Leader
Squadron Leader
M. Hamidullah Khan, Major
Major
Ziaur Rahman, Major
Major
Abdul Jalil, Captain ATM Haider, Lt. Col. MA Rab and Major
Major
Khaled Mosharraf. As a result of this meeting, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
was divided into eleven sectors.[3] These sectors were placed under the control of Sector Commanders, who would direct the guerilla war against Pakistani occupation forces. For better efficiency in military operations each of the sectors were also divided into a number of sub-sectors. As a point of note, the 10th Sector was under direct command of the Commander-in-Chief and included the Naval Commando Unit as a C-in-C's special force.[3] Following the conference a period of prolonged guerrilla warfare was launched by Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Forces, which continued for a number of months. A further restructuring was undertaken and the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Forces were organised into three brigade size combat groups:[3]

K Force, under Major
Major
Khaled Mosharraf, was created with 4th, 9th and 10th East Bengal
East Bengal
Regiment. S Force, under Major
Major
K M Shafiullah, was created with 2nd and 11th East Bengal
East Bengal
Regiment. Z Force, under Major
Major
Ziaur Rahman, was created with 1st, 3rd and 8th East Bengal
East Bengal
Regiment.

Post 1971: The emergence of the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army[edit] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
has expanded considerably since its formation on 21 November 1971. During the sensitive and formative years after the end of the war, personnel of the Mukti Bahini
Mukti Bahini
were absorbed into different branches of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army. In 1974 Bangladeshi soldiers and officers repatriated from Pakistan after the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Liberation war were absorbed into Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army.[10] During the 1972-73 tenure, engineers, signals, army services, ordnance, military police, remount veterinary and farm and medical corps was established in Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army. Bangladesh
Bangladesh
military academy was established in Cumilla
Cumilla
cantonment in 1974. On 11 January 1975, the passing out parade of the first Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
short course took place. In 1975 the President Guard Regiment
President Guard Regiment
(PGR) was established. There were suspicion among the army personnel of the formation of the paramilitary Jatiya Rakhi Bahini and the addition of civilian Mukti Bahini members in it.[11] These suspicions and misconceptions laid the foundation and formed the bedrock of disputes between professional army officers and the ruling administration which led to a very bloody chapter in the history of newly independent Bangladesh. Coups, uprisings and assassinations[edit] Further information: Military
Military
coups in Bangladesh On 15 August 1975 a few sacked army officers, disgruntled junior officers and NCOs secretly planned and assassinated President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his entire family at his personal residence in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, except for his two daughters ( Sheikh Hasina
Sheikh Hasina
and Sheikh Rehana) who were abroad.[12] Five of those responsible officers were executed in January 2010 while others are still absconding and are outside Bangladesh.[13] After the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, new government led by Khandkar Mushtaq Ahmed and supported by the coup plotters was set in place. Khandakar Mushtaq passed the Indemnity ordinance which provided immunity to the assassins of Sheikh Muibur Rahman.[14] Three months later on 3 November 1975, several senior officers and NCO's led by Maj. Gen. Khaled Mosharraf
Khaled Mosharraf
and Colonel
Colonel
Shafaat Jamil
Shafaat Jamil
led their own forces to remove Khandakar Mushtaq's government from power whom they believed was an unlawful government in the first place. That same day the same group of disgruntled army personnel who assassinated Sheikh Mujib and had jailed politicians involved with the Bangladesh Liberation war, assassinated Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Muhammad Mansur Ali
Muhammad Mansur Ali
and AHM Qamaruzzaman in Dhaka Central Jail. Chief of Army
Army
Staff, Major
Major
General
General
Ziaur Rahman
Ziaur Rahman
was placed under house arrest.[15][16] On 7 November 1975, a short but highly organised uprising concentrated only in Dhaka, formed by members of the Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal (National Socialist Party) and members of enlisted personnel led by Lt. Col. (Retd.) Abu Taher
Abu Taher
also resulted in the killing of several army and air force officers and soldiers including Major
Major
General Khaled Mosharraf, Major
Major
ATM Haider. Colonel
Colonel
Shafaat Jamil
Shafaat Jamil
was arrested and forcibly retired. Colonel
Colonel
Abu Taher
Abu Taher
released Major
Major
General
General
Ziaur Rahman who was imprisoned by Khaled Mosharraf. Ziaur Rahman
Ziaur Rahman
took promotion to Lieutenant
Lieutenant
General
General
and appointed himself as the Chief of Army
Army
Staff and Deputy Chief Martial Law Administrator. He then executed Lt. Col. Taher for his role in the coup on 7 November.[17][18][19] Later, in 1977 under a public referendum of a yes no vote he took the helm as President. On 30 May 1981 President Ziaur Rahman
Ziaur Rahman
was assassinated in the Chattogram Circuit House in a military coup.[20] Less than a year later, the then Chief of Army
Army
Staff Lt. Gen. Hussein Muhammad Ershad in 1982 March 24 took power in a silent coup at dawn, suspended the constitution and imposed martial law and remained in power through farce elections and corruption. He remained in power until 6 December 1990.[21] Chattogram Hill Tracts Conflict[edit] Main article: Chittagong Hill Tracts
Chittagong Hill Tracts
Conflict The Chattogram Hill Tracts Conflict was the political and military conflict between the Government of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti (United People's Party of the Chattogram Hill Tracts) and its armed wing, the Shanti Bahini
Shanti Bahini
over the issue of autonomy and the rights of the tribes of the Chattogram Hill Tracts. The Shanti Bahini
Shanti Bahini
launched an insurgency against government forces in 1977, and the conflict continued for twenty years until the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
government and the PCJSS signed the Chattogram Hill Tracts Peace Accord in 1997.[22] At the outbreak of the insurgency, the Government of Bangladesh deployed the army to begin counter-insurgency operations. The then-President of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Major
Major
General
General
Ziaur Rahman
Ziaur Rahman
created a Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Board under an army general to address the socio-economic needs of the region, but the entity proved unpopular and became a source of antagonism and mistrust among the local tribes against the government. The government failed to address the long-standing issue of the displacement of tribal people, numbering an estimated 100,000 caused by the construction of the Kaptai Dam
Kaptai Dam
by the then Pakistan government in 1962. Displaced tribesmen did not receive compensation and more than 40,000 Chakma tribals had fled to India. In the 1980s, the government began settling Bengalis in the region, causing the eviction of many tribesmen and a significant alteration of demographics. Having constituted only 11.6% of the regional population in 1974, the number of Bangalis grew by 1991 to constitute 48.5% of the regional population.[22][23][24] Peace negotiations were initiated after the restoration of democracy in Bangladesh
Bangladesh
in 1991, but little progress was made with the government of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia
Begum Khaleda Zia
and her Bangladesh Nationalist Party.[25] Fresh rounds of talks began in 1996 with the newly elected prime minister Sheikh Hasina
Sheikh Hasina
Wajed of the Awami League.[25] The Chattogram Hill Tracts Peace Accord was finalised and formally signed on 2 December 1997.[26] Subsequent growth[edit]

Humanitarian operation after Cyclone Sidr 2.

Following the 1975 coup, additional personnel were absorbed into the regular army when the martial law government abolished the Jatiyo Rakkhi Bahini. Under Zia's rule, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
was divided into five military regions. When Ershad assumed power in 1982, army strength had stabilised at about 70,000 troops. Starting in 1985, the army had experienced another spurt in growth. As of mid-1988, it had about 90,000 troops (although some observers believed the number was closer to 80,000), triple the 1975 figure.[27] The Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
structure is similar to the armies of the Commonwealth Nations. However, major changes have taken place following the adoption of US Army
Army
tactical planning procedures, training management techniques and noncommissioned officer educational systems. In times of war and national emergency, the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army can also be reinforced by the Border Guard Bangladesh, Bangladesh Ansars, Village Defence Parties, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
National Cadet Corps and other paramilitary organisations. Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
has specialised its peacekeeping operation capabilities around the world through participation in numerous peacekeeping and nation building operations. It has created BIPSOT ( Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Institute of Peace Support Operation Training) which specialises in the training of peacekeepers for employment in all types of UNPSO (UN Peace Support Operations). This institute fulfills the requirement of UNDPKO as per U.N. General
General
Assembly resolution which outlines 'the necessity and responsibility of every nation to train their armed forces before any deployment. Forces goal 2030[edit] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
armed forces are going through a long term modernization plan named Forces Goal 2030. Bangladesh
Bangladesh
army is under a massive expansion and modernization drive as per the plan. The force is being divided into three corps — Central, Eastern and Western.[28] Three new infantry divisions have been raised, the 17th infantry division at Sylhet,[29] 10th infantry division at Ramu in Cox’s Bazar[30] and 7th infantry division at Barishal-Patuakhali[31] to make the number of total infantry divisions ten. The soldiers are being equipped with modern gear like Night Vision Goggles (NVG), Ballistic helmets, protective eye gear, bulletproof vests, person to person communicators, palmtop GPS devices and BD-08 assault rifles with ACOG sight. To increase special operation capabilities, 2nd Commando Battalion
Battalion
has been raised. The two battalions formed sole the para-commando brigade of the country.[32] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
procured 44 MBT-2000 tanks from China in 2011.[33] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
army engineers have completed the upgrade of Type 69 tanks to Type 69IIG standard.[34] They are now upgrading 174 Type 59 tanks to Type 59G Durjoy standard.[35][36] To increase the mobility of the infantry forces, 300 armoured vehicles such as BTR-80
BTR-80
APC, Otokar Cobra
Otokar Cobra
LAV and BOV M11
BOV M11
ARV have been procured.[34] To modernize the artillery forces, Nora B-52
Nora B-52
K2 self-propelled artillery system have been procured from Serbia.[37] Their firepower is further increased by the addition of two regiment of WS-22 Guided Multiple Rocket Launcher System. For anti-tank role Metis-M missile systems and PF-98
PF-98
rocket systems were procured.[37] Two regiments of FM 90 surface to air missile were added in 2016 to enhance air defence capabilities.[38] The army aviation wing is also being modernized. Two Eurocopter AS365 Dauphins were put into service in 2012.[39] Six Mil Mi-171Sh were procured in 2016. One C-295W transport aircraft were ordered from Spain
Spain
whivh was delivered in 2017.[40][41] Bangladesh Army
Army
also procured 36 Bramor C4EYE battlefield reconnaissance UAV from Slovenia in 2017. Contribution to UN Peacekeeping Operations[edit]

Map of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Military
Military
UN Peacekeeping Force

BD Army
Army
troops patrolling at UN Mission

Patrol with armoured personnel carrier (APC)

Main article: Bangladesh
Bangladesh
UN Peacekeeping Force The Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
has been actively involved in a number of United Nations Peace Support Operations (UNPSO) since its formation in the 1970s. Its first deployments came in 1988, when it participated in two operations – UNIIMOG in Iraq
Iraq
and UNTAG in Namibia[42] President HM Ershad initiated these deployments for the first time, starting with the contribution to UNIIMOG in Iraq. Later, as part of the UNIKOM force deployed to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia following the Gulf War
Gulf War
the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
sent a mechanised infantry battalion (approx. 2,193 personnel). Since then, the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army has been involved in up to thirty different UNPKOs in as many as twenty five countries.[42] This has included activities in Angola, Namibia, Cambodia, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, Uganda, Rwanda, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Mozambique, former Yugoslavia, Liberia, Haiti, Tajikistan, Western Sahara, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Georgia, East Timor, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire and Ethiopia. As a result of its contributions to various UN peacekeeping operations, up to 88 Bangladesh
Bangladesh
soldiers have lost their lives (as of February 2009).[42] However, the performance of Bangladesh's contingents has been described as being of the "highest order" and the appointment of several senior Bangladesh
Bangladesh
military officers as the Commander of UN peacekeeping missions and Senior Military
Military
Liaison Officers, may be seen as further recognition of the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army's growing esteem in the peacekeeping community.[42] In January 2004, BBC
BBC
described the Bangladeshi UN Force as "Cream of UN Peacekeepers".[43] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Armed Forces participated in the Gulf war in 1991 Operation Desert Storm
Operation Desert Storm
alongside other multinational forces under Allied Command. The Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
brought in a contingent of Engineers and undertook the task of clearing mines and bombs in Kuwait. This assistance took place under the operational code name "Operation Kuwait Punargathan (OKP)" in English "Operation Rebuilding Kuwait (ORK)".[44] List of Chiefs of Army
Army
Staff[edit] Main article: Chief of Army
Army
Staff of the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army Organization[edit]

Bangladeshi soldiers unload a shipment of bottled water for cyclone victims.

Structure[edit] Main article: List of formations of the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army Administrative branches[edit] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
is divided into the following administrative Corps:

Combat Arms Combat support Combat service support

Armoured Corps Regiment of Artillery Infantry:

East Bengal
East Bengal
Regiment (known as E. Bengal or East Bengal
East Bengal
or Bengal Regiment) Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Infantry
Infantry
Regiment (BIR)

Para-Commando Brigade ( Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army)

Army
Army
Aviation Air Defense Artillery Corps of Engineers Military
Military
intelligence Corps of Signals (Sig)

Corps of Military Police
Military Police
(CMP) Army
Army
Services Corps (ASC) Ordnance Corps Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (EME) Army
Army
Education Corps (AEC) Army
Army
Medical Corps (AMC) Army
Army
Dental Corps Armed Forces Nursing Services (AFNS) Army
Army
Corps of Clerks (abbreviated as ACC, made of only NCOs) Judge Advocate General's Department (JAG Dept.) Military
Military
band Remounts, Veterinary and Farms Corps (RV & FC) Ministry of Defence Constabulary (not a regular part of the army, serves as auxiliary paramilitary force)

Rank structure[edit] Main article: Ranks of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army Commissioned Officer (1st Class gazetted Government Officer)[edit] Commission is given in Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Military
Military
Academy and commissioned officers are honoured as 'first class gazetted officer' by the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
government.[2][45][46]

Equivalent NATO Code OF-10 OF-9 OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF(D) & Student officer

Bangladesh (Edit) No equivalent

Unknown

General Lieutenant
Lieutenant
general Major
Major
general Brigadier general Colonel Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Colonel Major Captain Lieutenant Second Lieutenant

Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO)[edit] JCOs are not Officers, they are enlisted personnel.[2][45][46]

Equivalent NATO rank WO-5 WO-4 WO-3 WO-2 WO-1

Bangladesh (Edit)

Honorary Captain Honorary Lieutenant Master Warrant Officer Senior Warrant Officer Warrant Officer

Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and Ordinary Soldiers[edit] NCO rank starts from Lance Corporal. Sergeants holds key appointments in companies, batteries (company equivalent of artillery), infantry battalions and artillery regiments, e.g. Company Quartermaster Sergeant
Sergeant
(CQMS), Regimental Sergeant
Sergeant
Major
Major
(RSM), persons holding these appointments have separate rank insignias though these are not actually ranks.[47][48]

Bd Army
Army
OR Grade OR-1 NCO-1 NCO-2 NCO-3 NCO-4 NCO-5 NCO-6 NCO-7

Insignia

Combat Insignia No Insignia

Title Sainik Lance Corporal Corporal Sergeant Company/Battery Quarter Master Sergeant Company/Battery Sergeant
Sergeant
Major Battalion/Regiment Quarter Master Sergeant Battalion/Regiment Sergeant
Sergeant
Major

Abbreviation Snk L Cpl Cpl Sgt CQMS/BQMS CSM/BSM BQMS/RQMS BSM/RSM

NATO Code OR-1 OR-3 OR-4 OR-6 OR-7 OR-8 OR-9

Note:The rank of Sergeant
Sergeant
has 2nd class status.[49]

List of cantonments[edit] Cantonments are where Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
personnel work, train, and live.[50]

Alikadam Cantonment, Bandarban Bandarban Cantonment Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Military
Military
Academy, Chattogram Chattogram Cantonment Cumilla
Cumilla
Cantonment, Cumilla Dhaka Cantonment Dighinala Cantonment, Rangamati Halishahar Cantonment, Chattogram Jahanabad Cantonment, Khulna Jahangirabad Cantonment, Bogura Jalalabad Cantonment, Sylhet Jamuna Cantonment, Tangail Jashore Cantonment Kaptai Cantonment, Rangamati Khagrachari Cantonment Kholahati Cantonment, Dinajpur Majhira Cantonment, Bogura Mirpur Cantonment Mymensingh Cantonment Padma Cantonment, Madaripur Postogola Cantonment Qadirabad Cantonment, Natore Rajendrapur Cantonment, Gazipur Rajshahi Cantonment Ramu Cantonment, Cox's Bazar Rangamati
Rangamati
Cantonment Rangpur Cantonment Lalmonirhat Cantonment Saidpur Cantonment, Nilphamari Savar Cantonment Shahid Salahuddin Cantonment, Ghatail Sheikh Hasina
Sheikh Hasina
Cantonment, Lebukhali Barishal

Educational and training institutes[edit] Under Army
Army
Training and Doctrine Command (ARTDOC)

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
University of Engineering & Technology(BAUET)Qadirabad Cantonment,Natore. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Military
Military
Academy (BMA), Bhatiary, Chattogram School of Infantry
Infantry
and Tactics (SI&T), Jalalabad Cantonment, Sylhet. Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSC&S), 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. Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
International University of Science & Technology (BAIUST), Mainamati Cantonment, Cumilla. Armoured Corps Centre & School (ACC&S), Majira Cantonment, Bogura.[51] Engineer Centre and School of Military
Military
Engineering (ECSME), Quadirabad Cantonment, . Signal Training Centre and School (STC&S), Jashore Cantonment, Jashore. Army
Army
Service Corps Centre & School (ASCC&S), Jahanabad Cantonment, Khulna. Army
Army
Medical Corps Centre & School (AMCC&S), Shaheed Salahuddin Cantonment, Ghatail, Tangail Ordnance Centre & School (OC&S), Rajendrapur Cantonment, Gazipur Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT), Rajendrapur Cantonment, Gazipur. Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Centre and School (EMEC&S), Saidpur Cantonment, Nilphamari. Centre and School of Military
Military
Police, Education and Administration (CSMEA), Shahid Salahuddin Cantonment, Ghatail, Tangail. Army
Army
School of Physical Training and Sports (ASPTS), Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka. Army
Army
School of Music (ASM), Chattogram Cantonment, Chattogram. Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka. Artillery
Artillery
Centre and School (AC&S), Halishahar, Chattogram. School of Military
Military
Intelligence (SMI), Cumilla
Cumilla
Cantonment, Cumilla. East Bengal
East Bengal
Regimental Centre (EBRC), Chattogram Cantonment, Chattogram. Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Infantry
Infantry
Regimental Centre (BIRC), Rajshahi Cantonment, Rajshahi. Non Commissioned Officers Academy (NCOA), Majira Cantonment, Bogura.[52] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
University of Professionals (BUP), Mirpur Cantonment, Dhaka. Army
Army
Institute of Business Administration, Savar Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
University of Science And Technology (BAUST), Saidpur Cantonment, Nilphamari. Bangladesh
Bangladesh
National Cadet Corps (BNCC), Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka. Army
Army
Institute of Business Administration, Sylhet

Equipment[edit] Main article: Equipment of the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army Future modernisation plan[edit] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
has made a long term modernisation plan for its Armed Forces named Forces Goal 2030. As per the plan, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
will be divided into three corps — Central, Eastern and Western.[28] A riverine brigade is being formed at Mithamain of Kishoreganj district. Government has a plan to add 97 new units within 2021. Of them, 19 units will be formed for the Sylhet
Sylhet
Cantonment, 22 for the Ramu Cantonment and 56 units for the Sheikh Hasina
Sheikh Hasina
Cantonment in Lebukhali. A Riverine Engineer Battalion
Battalion
is also going to be formed under a proposed cantonment at Mithamoine in Kishorganj.[53][54] Formation of two new tank regiments is under consideration.[55][56] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
has started an ambitious modernisation program for its infantry soldiers named Infantry
Infantry
Soldier System. This system includes equipping all of its soldiers with ultra-modern equipment like Night Vision Goggles (NVG), Ballistic helmet, protective eye gear, kevlar bulletproof vest, hand to hand communicator, palmtop GPS device and modern homemade BD-08 assault rifle with ACOG sight. Tender has been floated for procurement of a command ship for army to be made in any Bangladeshi shipyard. The ship will be around 30 meters in length, 8 meters in breadth and an endurance of minimum 15 days. It will have a complement of 15 personnel and a maximum range of 2200 nautical miles with a top speed of 20 knots. The vessel will be used as a floating command centre during different operations.[57] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
signed a contract with Western Marine Shipyard
Western Marine Shipyard
for the supply of two Landing Craft Tanks in 2017.[58] The ships will be 68 metres long and will be able to carry eight tanks. A contract has been signed between Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
and Turkish Delta Defence for the supply of 600 Tur K-2 4x4 and 80 Tur K-3 6x6 Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV). The first 100 armoured vehicles will be delivered in 2018, another 150 in 2019 and the rest within 2022.[59] In September 2017, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
army started the light tank procurement process. tender was published with necessary technical details[60] Evaluation process of 155mm howitzer also started in September 2017.[61] In November 2017, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
army started the evaluation process of 122 mm field artillery howitzers.[62] In the same month, army also published the evaluation notice for Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV).[63] Later on in November 2017, the Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
published the tender for the procurement of 105mm towed field artillery systems.[64] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
government has adopted a re-structuring plan for the Army aviation group. As per the plan the Army
Army
aviation group will be renamed Army
Army
aviation. The manpower of the unit will be raised from 204 to 704 personnel. By 2021, the number of aircraft operated by army aviation will be twenty six. The army aviation maintenance workshop with 147 manpower will be re-structured to army aviation engineering workshop with 490 personnel. An aviation directorate will also be formed for the army.[65] Bangladesh
Bangladesh
army issued tender for procuring two Troops Carrier Vessel (TCV) in January 2018. The vessels needed to be of 55m length and 10m breadth in minimum. The vessels have to have the ability to stay at see for 15 days with 200 personnel. The minimum displacement of the vessels will be 150 tons and they will be able to sustain sea state 4.[66] In the same month, another tender was floated for two Landing craft tanks. These crafts will have to be of 65m to 72m in length and 13.5m to 14m in breadth with a draft of 3m. The vessel will have to have the accommodation facilities of 20 officers and 40 soldiers and will be able to carry eight main battle tanks. They will be able to stay at sea for 15 days and sustain sea state 4.[67] Both types of ships will be armed with four 14.5mm anti-aircraft machine guns for self defense. In March 2018, Bangladesh
Bangladesh
Army
Army
issued tender for the procurement of 220 anti-tank weapons. The models shortlisted are Russian RPG-7V2 and Chinese Tyoe 69-1.[68] In the same month, another tender was floated for two local warning radars. The models shortlisted for the tender are Ground Master 400
Ground Master 400
of Thales, TRML 3D/32 of Hensoldt
Hensoldt
and KRONOS Land of Leonardo.[69] Army
Army
also issued tender for procuring 181 Man-portable air-defense systems. Here, Chinese FN-16, Russian Igla-S and Swedish RBS 70
RBS 70
systems has been shortlisted.[70] See also[edit]

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