De Militaire Geschiedenis, Maj-Arts J. Karbaat, TRIS (Troepen Macht in Suriname)
Subject: [Mil.History] TRIS (Troepen Macht In Suriname) 1868-1975 (part 1)
Since 1868 the TRIS (Troepen Macht in Suriname) was no longer a part of the Dutch Army. Expenses and budget was under the control of the Department of Colonies (Min van Kolonien).
The strength of the military in Suriname was fixed to 2 companies infantry and 2 companies artillery. The commanding officer was a major. The personnel strength was 18 officers and 618 enlisted men. The same regulations were used as in the Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL).
In 1873 the two companies artillery were reduced to a detachment with 1 officer and 40 enlisted men. In 1902 the artillery detachment was deactivated.
The TRIS organization in 1902 consisted of 1 major, 14 officers and 370 enlisted men. The officers belonged to the Dutch Army but after 1904 the officers came from the Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL).
In 1907 a further troop reduction took place. There was only 1 company with 1 captain, 6 officers and 292 enlisted men. In 1915 a further troop reduction took place to a total of 234 enlisted men. The strength figure remained constant until 1931. After 1931 the troop strength was 4 officers, 1 medical officer (arts) and 200 enlisted men.
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