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Slovenia Military


The military of Slovenia consists of the Slovenian Armed Forces - SAF (Slovenska Vojska; SV). The Commander-in-Chief of the SAF is the President of the Republic of Slovenia, while operational command is in the domain of the Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces.

A major reorganisation of the Slovenian Armed Forces is currently underway, with the goal of changing it from a territorial defence force into a deployable force primarily aimed at peacekeeping. After 1993, the Slovenian Armed Forces had relied on mandatory military service, with conscripts receiving 6-7 months of training. In 2003, the Slovenian Government abolished conscription and as of July 2004, the Slovenian Armed Forces had been almost completely reorganised into a professional army now based on volunteers. Currently there are approximately 7,000 active troops and approximately 5,500 in reserve, reduced from 55,000 personnel during conscription. The Slovenian Army now consists of three brigades, the 1st, 72nd and an Air Defence and Aviation Brigade. In addition to the aviation unit, the Slovenian Army also contains a naval unit, both of which are subordinate to it.

During a press conference on July 18, 2008, the Slovenian Defence Minister confirmed plans for the acquisition of a Russian Svetlyak class (Project 10412) patrol boat. Displacing 355 (full 395) tons and measuring 49.5 x 9.2 x 2.6 m, the vessel will have a maximum speed of 30 knots and a complement of 24. Armaments include two 30mm AK-630m cannons, two side-mounted 14.5mm machine guns and 16 air-defence missiles. The ship will be built by ALMAZ Shipbuilding of Saint Petersburg; delivery is expected in 2010. Total cost of the purchase is said to be US$39.4 million, two-thirds of which will be covered by existing Russian debt.

Slovenia formally joined NATO in March 2004. The transition of her armed forces from a primarily conscript-based territorial defence organisation to a professional force structure have the ultimate goal of creating NATO-interoperable combat units able to operate on an even par with units from other NATO armies. Implementation of interoperability objectives as determined by the Planning and Review Process (PARP) and the Individual Partnership Program (IPP) as part of Slovenia's PfP participation proceeds. Slovenia's elite units already train with and are integrated into international units including NATO members. Its elite mountain troops will be assigned to the Multinational Land Force peacekeeping battalion with Italy, Hungary and Croatia. Slovenia hosted its first PfP exercise in 1998, a multinational disaster-preparedness command post exercise involving almost 6,000 troops from 19 NATO and PfP member nations.

Slovenian soldiers are a part of international forces serving in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chad, Lebanon. They have also served in Cyprus and the Golan Heights as a part of UNFICYP and UNDOF respectively.


Military branches
Slovenian Army (includes air and naval forces)

Military service age and obligation
17 years of age for voluntary military service; conscription abolished in 2003 (2007)

Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49: 494,496
females age 16-49: 481,180 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49: 406,951
females age 16-49: 395,444 (2008 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male: 10,516
female: 9,934 (2008 est.)

Military expenditures
1.7% of GDP (2005 est.)





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