The Royal Brunei Armed Forces was formed on the 31st May 1961. Known as 'ASKAR MELAYU BRUNEI', ('BRUNEI MALAY REGIMENT') it was honoured with the royal title on the 31st May 1965 when the word 'DIRAJA' was added to the title. It was then known as 'ASKAR MELAYU DIRAJA BRUNEI', ('ROYAL BRUNEI MALAY REGIMENT'). Since Independence Day on 1st January 1984, the Royal Brunei Malay Regiment is renamed as Angkatan Bersenjata Diraja Brunei ('ROYAL BRUNEI ARMED FORCES').
To deter any outside powers intending to undermine directly or indirectly in the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State, and to prevent any subversive elements actual or potential operating in the State;
To undertake military operations to counter aggression, terrorism or insurgency;
To assist in maintenance of public order in support of the Police and Civil Authority, if called upon; and
- To maintain good Community relations by which the Royal Brunei Armed Forces can be identified with the Government and Civil population.