The Army

The Army is the most numerous and the most equipped branch of the Serbian Armed Forces. Its organisation, structure, armaments and equipment are suited to the Serbian Armed Forces assigned missions and tasks, primarily for land operations.
The basic units of the Army are battalions, formed in the reorganization process from former brigades, regiments and similar size units by selecting the best personnel and the best and latest equipment and by introducing modern weapons in use.

The Army Command is situated in the City of Niš and its units are located on the entire territory of the Republic of Serbia. 

Lieutenant General Milosav Simović is the Commander of the Army. 

The Army consists of six brigade-size units, six independent battalions and Technical Overhaul Institute "Čačak".

Tasks of the Army

The Army performs the following tasks:

  • Deterring armed threats,
  • Maintaining a safe and secure environment along the administrative line with AP Kosovo and Metohija and in the Ground Safety Zone,
  • Providing conditions for mobilisation and SAF and other bodies deployment and organisation of the defence system, 
  • Participation in multinational operations and international military cooperation and  
  • Providing assistance to civil authorities in countering non-military challenges, risks and threats.

Background of the Army

The forerunner of the Serbian Armed Forces and the Army, as the oldest and largest branch, is the first regular troops which were formed during the First Serbian Uprising in 1808, when Karađorđe established a battalion of the so-called "Regulaši" and a battery of gunners. As Serbia developed so did its armed forces. Serbia became independent in 1878, followed by the establishment of regular forces with the reserve forces which consisted of three drafts based on the age. Thus, Serbia got a modern army, well organized and equipped, that successfully waged the wars of liberation from 1912 to 1918. 

Throughout the long and glorious history of our people, among many battles, the Battle of Kolubara is regarded as one of the most prominent. The day on which the Battle of Kolubara commenced, 16th November is celebrated as the Army and Infantry Day.  

The history of war recognizes this battle as a unique example, the troops that were facing complete defeat managed to reorganize swiftly, launch a counterattack and inflict a decisive defeat on the enemy. 

Today’s Army was established through the reorganisation of Land Forces in April 2007. 

Contact Information

Address: Kralja Aleksandra Square, 18 000 Niš
Phone: +381 (0) 18 555-897
Fax: +381 (0) 18 555-379