Parliamentary Debates over the Military Budgets in Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes Cover Image

Скупштинске расправе о војним буџетима Краљевине СХС
Parliamentary Debates over the Military Budgets in Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes

Author(s): Ivan M. Becić
Subject(s): Governance, Military history, Political history, Military policy, Period(s) of Nation Building, Fiscal Politics / Budgeting
Published by: Institut za strategijska istraživanja
Keywords: Ministry of Military and Navy; Budget; Military term; peacetime composition; officers; accessories;

Summary/Abstract: In the moment of creating of new state quality of life in Yugoslavia was quite opposite from the expectations of its inhabitans. Different circumstances contributed to the fact that it was not capable to satisfy even its modest needs thus contributing to certain disillusions of rich and self-sufficient state. In situation marked by constant lack of finances parliamentary debates over the amount of state budget and its distribution questions related to defense expenditure always caused bitter controversies. Opposition parties mostly considered military expenditures as excessive and unnecessary not taking into consideration realities of Yugoslav position in international relations as well conditions within the army as well its needs. Ruling parties were pressed by the demands for reduction of military in general as well shortening of service period, development of air force or navy at the expense of ground forces, reductions of officer’s salary supplements, serving in areas closer to the actual places of residence, budget support to the local authorities for the maintenance of army barracks. Defense ministries considered saving measures were already bringing results on everyday basis, while certain changes could not be undertaken due to the provisions of ruling laws, and that some of them already distorted normal functioning of the armed forces. Many of these remarks were exaggerated and motivated by political interests, while remarks on the subject of underdevelopment of navy and air forces were contradictory with demands for reductions of defense budget.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 182-202
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Serbian