Gilgit Baltistan Scouts identify themselves with Gilgit Scouts which were raised in 1889.
This force played a key role in fighting the war of liberation against Dogra / Indian Forces in 1947/1948 and won independence for the people of Northern Areas (now Gilgit Baltistan).
Gilgit Scouts were further reinforced by raising of Northern and Karakorum Scouts. These three Corps of Scouts subsequently merged in 1974 to form Northern Light Infantry (NLI) Units.
After the Kargil conflict, in 1999 the Northern Light Infantry Units were given the status of regular Army.
The need of having Civil Armed Force in the Northern Areas remained a constant demand of the people since 1974.
NA Scouts, therefore emerged as 5th Civil Armed Force of Pakistan on 31 October 2003.
With the imposition of "Empowerment and Self Governance Order" in 2009, Northern Areas were given the name of Gilgit Baltistan.
Consequently Northern Area Scouts being a Federal Civil Armed Force in this region was also renamed as Gilgit Baltistan Scouts on 17 January 2011.