The Bangladesh Army is the largest of the tri-services in the delta nation. It is responsible for defending Bangladesh against external aggressors and supporting national development during peacetime. Recruitment to this force is done through voluntary enlistment.
Organisationally the Bangladesh Army maintains its headquarters in Dhaka. It is further divided in to three regional commands, each the size of a Corps formation having at least three Infantry Divisions each besides Artillery, Special Forces and supporting formations and units under it. It is estimated that the Bangladesh Army has a force size of nearly 300,000 personnel with inclusion of new formations.
Historically, the Bangladesh Army can trace its heritage back to the Bengal Army during Mughal rule since the 1700’s when three Persian Muslim dynasties such as the Nasiri’s, Afshar’s and Najafi’s ruled Bengal.
After the Mughal empire’s capitulation the Bengal Army existed as part of the British empires