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RBAF Day
Brunei

RBAF Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Brunei Darussalam

The Anniversary of Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF Day) in Brunei is held every 31 May to commemorate the formation of the Royal Brunei Malay Regiment on that date in 1961.

YearDateDayHoliday
202131 MayMonRoyal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Day
202231 MayTueRoyal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Day
202331 MayWedRoyal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Day
202431 MayFriRoyal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Day
1 JunSatRoyal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Day Holiday
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Sultan Omar Ali, who first organised the unit, at first called it simply the “Brunei Malay Regiment.” The adjective “Royal” was added by the same sultan four years later. Brunei gained full independence from the U.K. in 1984, and the name was then changed to “Royal Brunei Armed Forces.”

When first formed, Brunei’s army had only 60 soldiers, but today, it has some 9,000 members. The RBAF began with land forces only, but today, it includes naval and air forces as well. Only those of Malay descent are allowed to join the armed forces, and all members have joined voluntarily. The RBAF’s military equipment is mostly imported, the U.K., France, and the U.S. being its major suppliers.

Some activities those in Brunei on RBAF Day may wish to take part in include:

  • Attend the official celebration in the main city, where you will see a military parade, a mock battle, and other demonstrations. There are also smaller parades in other localities in the country.
  • Visit the Brunei Museum, where you will see art and cultural exhibits as well as an extensive History Gallery. The section on the history of the Bruneian Empire and the conflicts with Spain and Portugal is especially interesting.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202031 MaySunRoyal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Day
1 JunMonRoyal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Day Holiday
201931 MayFriRoyal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Day
1 JunSatRoyal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Day Holiday
201831 MayThuRoyal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Day
201731 MayWedRoyal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Day