Yugoslav People's Army

Yugoslav People's Army
Jugoslovenska narodna armija
Југословенска народна армија
Jugoslavenska narodna armija
Logo of the JNA.svg
FoundedMarch 1945
Disbanded20 May 1992
Service branchesYugoslav Ground Forces (KoV)
Yugoslav Navy (JRM)
Yugoslav Air Force (JRV)
Territorial Defense (TO)
HeadquartersBelgrade
Leadership
Commander-in-chiefJosip Broz Tito (1945–1980)
MinisterFederal Secretary of People's Defence
Chief of the General StaffSee list
Manpower
Military age15–65
Conscription18
Available for
military service
circa 8,000,000 (1978), age 15–65
Active personnel200,000
Reserve personnel>3,200,000
Related articles
HistoryHistory of the JNA
RanksYugoslav People's Army Ranks
Yugoslav Army soldiers at the Sinai, as part of the UNEF, 1957

The Yugoslav People's Army (Serbo-Croatian: Jugoslovenska narodna armija / Југословенска народна армија / Jugoslavenska narodna armija; ,slovenian:Jugoslovanska ljudska armada/JLA, also Yugoslav National Army),[1][2] often referred-to simply by the initialism JNA, was the military of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Origins

The origins of the JNA can be found in the Yugoslav Partisan units of World War II. As part of the antifascist People's Liberation War of Yugoslavia, the People's Liberation Army of Yugoslavia (NOVJ), a predecessor of the JNA, was formed in the town of Rudo in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 22 December 1941. After the Yugoslav Partisans liberated the country from the Axis Powers, that date was officially celebrated as the "Day of the Army" in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFR Yugoslavia).

In March 1945, the NOVJ was renamed the "Yugoslav Army" ("Jugoslovenska Armija") and, on its 10th anniversary, on 22 December 1951, received the adjective "people's" ("narodna").[3]

Other Languages
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Jugoslovenska narodna armija