History of the Croatian Noncommissioned Officers Corps
[Technical Report, Research Paper]
ARMY SERGEANTS MAJOR ACADEMY FORT BLISS TX
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First 1918 -1941, and second Yugoslavia 1945 -1991 represent the only period of time in Croatias fourteen hundred years long history when Croatia did not have its own Armed Forces. Instead, Croats served in the Yugoslav People Army YPA Jugoslavenska Narodna Armija JNA as conscripts for a year at minimum since it was mandatory. Not many Croats became professional NCOs or Officers in YPA because it required membership in Yugoslav Communist Party YCP, and Croats traditionally were religious. As a result, at the beginning of Homeland War 1991 -1995, Croats were not only poorly equipped, but also lacked professional chain of command. To organize an Army able to defend Croatia against Serbs and YPA, Croats had to take the model they were familiar with. That was the model of YPA.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations