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About the Slovenian Armed Forces

The Slovenian Armed Forces provide military defence independently or within an alliance, in accordance with international agreements.

Mission

In co-operation with the Alliance:

  • provide military defence of the Republic of Slovenia (RS),
  • deter military aggression against the Republic of Slovenia,
  • re-establish national sovereignty on the entire territory,
  • contribute to international peace and stability.

Tasks

Mission essential tasks:

  • maintain operational readiness,
  • activate and mobilise forces,
  • deploy forces to the area of operation,
  • conduct defensive operations,
  • conduct offensive operations.

Other tasks:

  • contribute to international peace, security and stability,
  • support in ensuring the safety and welfare of RS citizens.

Composition of the Slovenian Armed Forces

The Slovenian Armed Forces are manned with active and reserve component members.

Slovenian Armed Forces active component is composed of career members, while the reserve component includes citizens who have signed a contract for service in the contract reserve.

Composition of the Slovenian Armed Forces - updated in December 2013

Number

Percentage

Active component

7339

84.2 %

Contract reserve

1375

15.8 %

Total

8714

100 %

Active component

The active component includes professional servicemembers: soldiers, non-commissioned officers, officers, military specialists (military personnel) and civilians. Civilians are employed within the armed forces; however, they do not perform military service.

Active Component of the Slovenian Armed Forces - updated in December 2013

Number

Percentage

Officers

1153

15.7 %

Non-commissioned officers

2009

27.4 %

Soldiers

3128

42.6 %

Senior military specialists

246

3.3 %

Junior military specialists

357

4.9 %

Civilians

426

5.8 %

Clerks

20

0.3 %

Total

7360

100 %

Men

6205

84.5 %

Women

1134

15.5 %


Reserve component (contract reserve)


The reserve component of the Slovenian Armed Forces is composed of the citizens who have voluntarily concluded a contract with the Ministry of Defence on service in the Slovenian Armed Forces contract reserve.


Voluntary military service

 


Since the abolishment of conscription, the Slovenian Armed Forces provides citizens with a possibility of voluntary military service. Between 2004 and April 2013, 2259 persons have attended the 15-week basic military training, 270 of them female.

Additional information are available at:

- Slovenian Armed Forces

- Ministry of Defence