Serbian Armed Forces General Staff

The General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces is a separate organizational unit of the Ministry of Defence. It is the highest professional and staff organizational part of the defence system, in charge of preparation and use of the Serbian Armed Forces in peace and war, which performs tasks in accordance with the law and authorities given by the President of the Republic of Serbia and the Minister of defence.
The Serbian Armed Forces General Staff performs tasks related to:

  • development of doctrinal documents;
  • development of the Plan of Use of the Serbian Armed Forces;
  • development of Mobilization Plan of the Serbian Armed Forces;
  • provision of guidelines for building operational and functional capability of the Serbian Armed Forces;
  • preparation of documents on the organization of commands, units and institutions of the Serbian Armed Forces;
  • provision of geodetic and topographic support as well as production of geodetic and topographic materials both for the Defence System and civilian structures;
  • implementation of readiness measures based on the documents issued by the President of the Republic or the Minister of Defence, as well as completion of other tasks determined by law and documents issued by the President of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Defence.

The General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces informs and reports to the President and the Minister of Defence on its work and conditions in the Serbian Armed Forces.

In accordance with the law and defense plans, the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces organizes itself and prepares for defense and provides unity of organization, preparation and actions of the Serbian Armed Forces.

The General Staff performs regular check and assessment of operational and functional capabilities of subordinate commands, units and institutions of the Serbian Armed Forces.

The internal organization of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces is built on the functional principle. The organizational units of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces are: The Chief of Defence’s Office, the Joint Operational Command, Departments and Sections.

The Office of the Chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces is a separate organizational unit which performs analytical, operational, technical and administrative tasks for the Chief of General Staff and his Deputy; it plans, prepares and organizes operating and protocol activities of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces.

The Joint Operations Command (JOC) is a staff body tasked with providing support to the Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces in operational command of the Armed Forces, planning crisis response operations, planning joint operations and commanding forces during execution of joint operations. Joint means integration of components of different arms of service – Air Force and Air Defence and Army, engaged with a joint aim and under joint command.

The main characteristic of the Joint Operations Command is a flexible organization, which requires manning of key functions only. Formation of operational planning group and combat command depends on a specific task and an assigned mission, so that in such conditions the strength of Command is subject to changes. JOC also includes: Peacekeeping Operations Centre (PKOC), Operations Centre of Defence System (OC) and Military-Technical Agreement Implementation Commission (MTA IC).

Formation of the Joint Operations Command has enabled command of the Serbian Armed Forces to be executed by the Chief of the General Staff through the Joint Operations Command and down to the commands of deployed forces being prepared by the commands of arms of service. The arms of service commands functionally command forces of their arms of service.

Human Resources Department (J-1) is an organizational unit of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces in charge of integrating tasks and activities falling into the domain of personnel, morale and psychology functions. It is responsible for regulation of the status of the SAF members; monitoring, building and assessment of the morale in the SAF; making proposals for improvement of system and status related issues affecting the morale of the members of the SAF; psychological work in SAF and planning and equipping with movable facilities for cultural and informative activities and organization of religious service in the SAF.

The Offices of Military Disciplinary Counsels of First Instance in Belgrade, Niš and Novi Sad, and Court Martial in Belgrade, Niš and Novi Sad, are directly subordinated to the Human Resources Department (J-1).

Intelligence and Reconnaissance Department (Ј-2) is in charge of the intelligence support to the Serbian Armed Forces. It represents the highest intelligence body within the SAF, and its aim is to prevent surprises and provide the information superiority to the commanders of different units. The Department achieves the above through timely provision of correct intelligence data, needed for the successful realization of tasks from all three missions of the SAF. It is responsible for equipping and development of the electronic warfare units and intelligence and reconnaissance units. It has two directly subordinate units - 224th Electronic Warfare Centre and Military Geographical Institute.

Operations Department (Ј-3) continues the tradition of the Operations Department of the Serbian Army General Staff of the Principality of Serbia, and, later Kingdom of Serbia (February 5, 1976), as well as the First Department of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army (from March 1945), People’s Army of Yugoslavia and Yugoslav Armed Forces (up to 2001). All of this indicates that this is one of the Departments with the longest tradition in the General Staff.

Operations Department conjoins operational and control function, for the purpose of maintaining the required level of operational and functional capabilities, as well as efficient command and control over the Armed Forces both in peace and war.

Within its competences, Operations Department is mainly engaged in the operational affairs, in monitoring the state and control of the operational and functional capabilities of units, commands and institutions of the SAF, as well as proposing measures for their upgrade; in creation of documents intended for planning work within the SAF; in regulating the deployment of the organizational units of the SAF and the Ministry of Defense to garrisons, and in providing facilities, movable goods and personnel, as well as preparing plans for the preparation and organization of the territory.

Logistics Department (J-4) is in charge of providing functioning of the logistic support system of the Armed Forces; command over subordinate units and building their operational capabilities.

Central Logistic Base is directly subordinate to the Logistics Department.

Planning and Development Department (Ј-5) holds the planning function, one of the most important functions in the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces. This function includes planning of the SAF use, and affairs related to planning of development, equipping, organization and mobilization.

With its numerous activities, the Department gives contribution to the process of organization and mobilization changes in the Armed Forces, as well as to improving of the planning of development and equipping of the SAF. In addition, the Department is in charge of the activities related to the improvement of planning of work, professionalisation and equipping with modern armaments and military technology, as well as the organization and mobilization of the Armed Forces,

Technical Test Centre is directly subordinate to the Department.

IT and Communications Department (J-6) is responsible for planning, organization, coordination and control of the telecommunication, IT and information protection systems. It holds the telecommunication and IT function in the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Armed Forces.

This Department is in charge of creating draft studies and programs of telecommunication and IT systems development in the Ministry of Defence and the SAF; establishing criteria and standards for equipping with telecommunication, IT and administration assets in the Ministry of Defence and the SAF; developing and organizing computer and Internet network in the Ministry of Defence and the SAF.

Signal Brigade, Command Information Systems and IT Support Center and Applied Mathematics and Electronics Centre are directly subordinate to the IT and Communications Department.

Training and Doctrine Department (Ј-7) is in charge of training and training management at the strategic level. It is an expert body responsible for development and specialization of the training system, defining unique system foundations and development of doctrinal and system documents. It is in charge of planning, organization, coordination and evaluation of training within the defence system.

Simulation Training Centre is directly subordinated to the Training and Doctrine Department.

Finance Section (Ј-8) performs tasks related to financial management and control over management of funds and expenditures in the Serbian Armed Forces.

Civil-Military Cooperation Section (J-9) is the youngest organizational unit of the General Staff and it was established in 2006. It is responsible for the coordination of the activities of the Armed Forces and civilians in the field.

Military Police Department is an organizational unit of the Serbian Armed Forces General Staff in charge of planning, organization, coordination and control of the military police affairs and tasks for the needs of the Ministry of Defence and SAF.

Military Police Battalion for Special Purposes "Kobre", Criminal Investigation Group and Military Police Training Centre are directly subordinated to the Military Police Department.

Tradition of the SAF General Staff


The tradition of the Serbian Armed Forces General Staff is linked with the development of the Serbian state. Namely, in 1835 a Department for Military Affairs was formed as a part of the State Council. In 1876, by a decree on the structure of the General Staff, Main General Staff was established and it had three branches: operational, geographical and historical. In the war, it was transformed into the Supreme Command. The changes in the country, from the political system and territory to the name, caused changes in the General Staff as well.

The Main General Staff of the Serbian military has been changing its name several times, starting with Main General Staff of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia’s Armed Forces, General Staff of the Yugoslav Army, General Staff of the SFR Yugoslavia’s Armed Forces, General Staff of Serbia and Montenegro’s Armed Forces, ending in its present name - General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces. With transition from organization based on arms of service and branches to functional organization in 2005, General Staff of Serbian Armed Forces increased its efficiency and raised the quality of different functions and tasks’ realization.

Contact Information


Address: 38 Neznanog junaka St., Belgrade
Phone: +381 (0) 11 2063-991
Fax: +381 11 (0) 3006-331
Email: vojska.srbije@mod.gov.rs