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When is Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day?
How long until Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day (observed)?
|This holiday next takes place in 41 Days.|
Dates of Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day (observed)
|Hari Ulang Tahun Angkatan Bersenjata Diraja Brunei|
|The Royal Brunei Armed Forces were formed on 31 May 1961|
Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day (Malay: Hari Ulang Tahun Angkatan Bersenjata Diraja Brunei) is a public holiday in Brunei Darussalam.
It is normally celebrated on 31 May. If 31 May falls on a Friday or Sunday, the public holiday may be moved to a work day.
This public holiday marks the formation of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces on 31 May 1961.
History of Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day
Brunei had been a British protectorate since 1888, and as such, was reliant on the British armed forces for protection and defense.
On 31 May 1961, to prepare for future independence, recruits from Brunei began military training, creating the first Brunei military force named the Brunei Malay Regiment. On 31 May 1965, the regiment was honoured with the royal title.
When Brunei gained independence from Britain on 1 January 1984, the Royal Brunei Malay Regiment was renamed as the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
There is no compulsory military service and only Brunei citizens with Malay ethnicity are allowed to enlist in the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.
This is a day to recognise and pay tribute to the services of the land, air and navy forces. Around the country, the festival is celebrated with military parades, artillery shows, parachuting displays and exhibitions by various units of the armed forces.