The Egyptian Border Guard Corps
were organised in border guard regiments totaling approximately 25,000 members.
They are a lightly armed paramilitary force, mostly Bedouins
, responsible for border surveillance, general peacekeeping, drug interdiction, and prevention of smuggling.
During the late 1980s, the force was equipped with remote sensors and night-vision binoculars.
High-speed motorboats are also in service.
The Border Guards were originally under the control of the Ministry of Defense, however control was almost immediately given to the Ministry of Interior after their creation.