Bangladesh Armed Forces

combined military forces of Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Armed Forces (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ সশস্ত্র বাহিনী, romanized: Bangladesh Sashastra Bahinī) are the combined military forces of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. It has three uniformed military services: the Bangladesh Army, the Bangladesh Navy and the Bangladesh Air Force.

Bangladesh Armed Forces
বাংলাদেশ সশস্ত্র বাহিনী
Bangladesh Shoshostro Bahinī
Tri-service Logo of Bangladesh Armed Forces.
Flag of Bangladesh Armed Forces
Motto"চির উন্নত মম শির" (de facto)
"Ever High is My Head"
Founded11 July 1971; 52 years ago (11 July 1971)
Current form7 April 1972; 52 years ago (1972-04-07)
Service branches Bangladesh Army
Bangladesh Navy
Bangladesh Air Force
HeadquartersArmed Forces Division Headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment
Commander-in-Chief President Mohammed Shahabuddin
Head of Armed Forces Division and Minister of Defence Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Principal Staff Officer Lieutenant General Waqar Uz Zaman
Military age18 years of age
Active personnel163,050 [2]
Deployed personnel6,417 [3]
Budget37691 crore (US$3.5 billion)[4]
Percent of GDP1.3% (2021 est.)
Domestic suppliers
Foreign suppliers
Related articles
HistoryBangladesh War of Independence
Chittagong Hill Tracts Insurgency
Gulf War
RanksMilitary ranks of Bangladesh
Bangladesh Army during Victory Day Parade 2011

Medals and decorations


The following are the various gallantry, service and war medals of the Bangladesh Armed Forces.[5][6][7][8][9][self-published source]

Gallantry awards

  •   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



  1. "South Asia :: Bangladesh — The World Factbook". CIA.
  2. IISS 2021, p. 244
  3. "Troop and police contributors". United Nations Peacekeeping. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  4. "Budget FY22: Defence allocation up 8%". Dhaka Tribune. 3 June 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  5. "ODM of Bangladesh: Ribbon Chart".
  6. Text List of Ribbons
  7. Archived 2012-09-06 at Orders, Decorations and Medals of Bangladesh
  8. "Medals". Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. Army Medal Lists: Official
  9. "Asian Medals: Bangladesh". Militaria. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 15 December 2015.