Every year on August 18, border guards of Kazakhstan celebrate their professional holiday. On this day in 1992, the President of the Republic, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed a decree "On the formation of border troops." However, the official date appeared in the calendar of public holidays in Kazakhstan only in August 2012.
Today, the Border Service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan ulttyk kauipsizdik committee of shekar kyzmeti) is a special service designed to guard and protect the State Border of the Republic of Kazakhstan, prevent and suppress encroachments on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The need for its own border troops in Kazakhstan arose after secession from the USSR in 1991. New units were formed on the basis of the Red Banner Eastern Border District with headquarters in Alma-Ata, which was considered one of the strongest in the Soviet Union. Despite this, the republic had to create its own troops virtually from scratch.