Better known or labeled as the ‘ever-vigilant sentinels of the border’- Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) is the paramilitary force in the country. The glorious history of the organization is replete with rich traditions and successful military expeditions. This paramilitary setup emerged as the most effective border security for the country on 3 March 1972 after the liberation of Bangladesh. The HQ of BGB is located at Pilkhana, Dhaka. Presently the organization has 4 Regions to perform its tasks. These regions are named as North West Region, North East Region, South West Region and South East Region.
Apart from its primary task of protecting the borders, preventing smuggling, human and drug trafficking the members of Bangladesh Rifles have taken part in numerous military operations displaying their courage, discipline and patriotism. This force was vested with additional task of checking smuggling in 1958. Its members took up arms in an organized manner against erstwhile Pakistan Army during the liberation war of 1971. The organization is proud of its contribution to the attainment of independence and sovereignty of the Bangladeshi nation. Its members got many gallantry awards. Of them, Lance Naik Nur Mohammad Sheikh and Lance Naik Munshi Abdur Rouf were the highest gallantry award of Bir Sreshtha, 8 got Bir Uttam, 40 Bir Bikram and 91 Bir Pratik.