7 May in 1992, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree on the establishment of the national armed forces. By tradition, the Day of Defender of the Fatherland Kazakh President (who is the supreme commander) issues a decree conferring next military ranks and presents awards to outstanding soldiers.
Kazakhstan has adopted the concept of military reform and the state program of military construction, which reflect Military Doctrine and current issues of reforming the army. In particular, the armed forces of Kazakhstan went on a three-branch structure with the creation of the main headquarters of the Army and Air Defense Forces, as well as the management of the naval forces. Airmobile forces assigned the role of supreme commander of the reserve.
Kazakhstan's cooperation with NATO is in the framework of the "Partnership for Peace". In 2002, the Republic joined NATO, "Planning and Review Process" (PARP) and became the twentieth state-participant of this program and the first of the states of Central Asia. In July 2003, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic signed a "Memorandum of Understanding between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Organization of the NATO Maintenance and Service (NAMSO) on cooperation in the field of logistics support».
Thanks to the cooperation of Kazakhstan with NATO countries, established in the Republic of the battalion "Kazbat" fully staffed by NATO standards and is part of the "blue helmets", according to the UN signed October 10 2003 memorandum.
Since 2012, Day of the Defender of the Fatherland in Kazakhstan became a state holiday.