January 20 is Armed Forces Day in Mali.
Malian army was founded on October 10, 1960, and it plays a very important role in keeping peace in the Republic of Mali.
Mali's Armed Forces are comprised of the Army, Gendarmerie, Air Force, National Guard and National Police.
All the units of the army are controlled by the Minster of Armed Forces and Veterans.
The army of Mali collapsed in 2012 during the war against Tuareg, but it struggled to maintain its size.