On the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the formation of Tajikistan’s National Army, festive activities will take place in all cities and districts of the country.

According to the press center of the Ministry of Defense (MoD), a solemn meeting dedicated to the 28th anniversary of Tajikistan’s Armed Forces is taking place at the Kokhi Borbad Tate Complex in Dushanbe today.

President Emomali Rahmon, who is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of Tajikistan, will address the meeting to congratulate military personnel on their professional holiday.   

A concert will be held at the end of the meeting.

Various contests, sports activities and meetings will be organized in MoD military units on the occasion of Tajik National Army Day.

Besides, a number of new facilities that will be used for improvement of combat readiness of the Tajik army are expected to be put in commission today. 

There will be no military parade this year on the occasion of the anniversary of Tajikistan’s national army. 

Tajik National Army Day has been marked on February 23 since 1993.

Tajikistan’s National Army now consists of Air and Air Defense Forces, Land Forces and Mobile Forces.  The Mobile Force of Tajik Army was founded in 2005 without increase in a total strength of the country’s armed forces.  Air and Air-Defense Forces were also united in 2005.  Tajikistan’s armed forces also include National Guard and Security Forces (internal and border troops).

Unlike the other former Soviet states of Central Asia, Tajikistan did not form armed forces based upon former Soviet units on its territory.  Instead, the Russian Ministry of Defense took control of the Dushanbe-based 201st Motor Rifle Division; actually control simply shifted from the former district headquarters in Tashkent, which was in now-independent Uzbekistan, to Moscow.