Slovenia Military


The defense, which has been on a voluntary basis since 2004, comprises 6,650 men and is organized into a brigade, a smaller battleship and eight combat helicopters. The reserves amount to about 20,000 people. Semi-military security forces, police units, amount to 4,500 men with about 5,000 men in reserve. Prior to the 1991 dissolution, Yugoslavia’s standing defense was led mainly by Serbian officers and was under central command. After the end of the first service, the conscripts were transferred to the states. At the time of the liberation, Slovenia therefore stood with a large trained reserve, few own officers and an old-fashioned equipment of Soviet origin. The new defense has been gradually built up.

Slovenia applied for membership in NATO in 1997 and joined in 2004. Defense spending amounted to 1.8% of GDP in 1996 and had fallen to 1.5% in 2001. Slovenia participates in a number of UN peacekeeping efforts, including with about 80 men in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SFOR II). To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that SLO stands for Slovenia.

Slovenia Army

Slovenia joined NATO in 2004. Military duty was abolished in 2004. Slovenia’s armed forces have a staff of 7250 active personnel, with a reserve of 1,500 personnel (2018, IISS).

Slovenia has no navy or its own aircraft. Since joining the NATO, Italy and Hungary have had fighter jets stationed in Slovenia.

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Of the material, the army has 14 M-84 tanks (which is a Yugoslav license-produced variant of the T-72), and 115 armored personnel vehicles. The Army has an air component with 610 personnel, 19 training aircraft (nine of which are PC-9M which can also be used as light attack aircraft), four transport aircraft and 16 helicopters, and a sea component with 130 personnel and two patrol boats.

International operations

Slovenia participated in the NATO operation in Kosovo (KFOR) in 2018 with 241 personnel, and had 50 personnel deployed in Latvia (Enhanced Forward Presence).

In addition, Slovenia participated, among others, in the UN operation in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 18 personnel, and in the EU operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUFOR) with 14 personnel.