BDF has also been a regular contributor to United Nations Missions. In 1992 and 1993, a BDF contingent participated in 'Operation Restore Hope'- a United States led coalition of forces to restore peace in Somalia. From 1993 to 1994, a team of BDF officers participated in a UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda as observers. The same year, BDF troops participated in a UN peacekeeping operation in Mozambique.
BDF also participated in 'Operation BOLEAS' a SADC military intervention in Lesotho in 1998.This operation culminated in a re-training programme for Lesotho Defence Force members. BDF has been conducting operational exercises with Defence Forces of neighbouring countries and other friendly forces. “Exercise Thokgamo” was one such exercise conducted in June 2005 in which SADC member states participated. Currently, the BDF has its personnel serving on an African Union Liaison Mission in Ethiopia/Eritrea and has military observers in Darfur, Sudan.