Malaysia was once part of the British Empire but achieved its independence in August 1957. The Malaysian Armed Forces (Angkatan Tentera Malaysia - ATM) consists of the Army, Navy, Air Force. In addition the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) protects the coasts and surrounding waters of the nation, while the Royal Malaysian Police (Polis Diraja Malaysia - PDRM) are largely responsible for internal security. Malaysia also has a National Service program sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.
The Malaysian Special Operations Force is a multi service force tasked with a counter-terrorism mission. It consists of the 10 Paratrooper Brigade, Grup Gerak Khas (GGK), Pasukan Khas Laut (PASKAL), Pasukan Khas Udara (PASKAU), Pasukan Gerakan Khas (PGK), Unit Gempur Marin (UNGERIN), Trup Tindakan Cepat (Rapid Actions Troops) and Special Task And Rescue (STAR).