Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said on Tuesday that the elite Serbian military police unit Cobras are now an independent detachment under the direct command of the Chief of General Staff.
“The Cobras are not longer the Military Police Battalion. As of today, the Cobras are a detachment directly subordinate to the Chief of General Staff,” vulin said during a visit to the Cobras at the their barracks in Belgrade.
The Military Police Battalion for Special Purposes aka Cobras was subordinate to the Military Police Department of the General Staff. Analysts said that the decision is a symbolic show of appreciation for the fact that the Cobras are engaged in protecting state officials, primarily the president.
Vulin said that the restoration of the status of detachment to the Cobras shows that the value of the unit and its specific duties have been recognized.
“The Cobras will now be better and more efficient in their job. Their job is hard, responsible and we as military leaders have the task of making their job at least a little bit easier and their existence more certain. The Cobras are our elite unit taking care of some of the most important state officials in Serbia. We have invested a lot in their equipment and training and they are returning the favor in the best possible way,” he said.
Vulin said that the organization change increases their reaction speed, simplifies the chain of command and engagement, increases personnel numbers and career advancement opportunities.