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Defense Minister awards medals to SAF chaplains

November 15, 2023

At the proposal of the Serbian Armed Forces (SAF) Chief of General Staff, Serbian Defense Minister Milos Vucevic awarded military commemorative medals for contribution to the defense system to the most deserving chaplains to mark November 12 – Religious Service Day, said the Minsitry in a press release.

Vucevic, SAF Chief of Staff Milan Mojsilovic and Serbian Patriarch Porfirije attended at the Central Military Club in Belgrade a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the reinstatement of religious service in the Serbian Armed Forces.

Speaking about the importance and history of religious service, Head of the General Staff Human Resources Directorate Brigadier General Savo Iriskic said that religious service in the SAF was founded on the Law on the Armed Forces.

“This Law allows members of our armed forces the fundamental human right to the freedom of religion, and by adopting the regulation on the performance of religious service in the Serbian Armed Forces in 2011, the practice of religion was authorized within the military organization. The history of the reinstated religious service in the Serbian Armed Forces begins on August 1, 2013, when the first military priests, an imam and a chaplain, entered the structure of the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Armed Forces,” said General Iriskic.

The Religious Service Day – November 12, commemorates the year 1839, when the Military Law was passed in the Army of the Principality of Serbia, which for the first time defined the performance of religious service in the military.

Source:  https://n1info.rs/english/news/defense-minister-awards-medals-to-saf-chaplains/

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