About the Slovenian Armed Forces

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


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.


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 February 2020 Number Percentage
Active component 6359 90,5 %
Contract reserve 669 9,5 %
Total 7028 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 February 2020 Number Percentage
Officers 1055 16.6 %
Non-commissioned officers 1934 30.4 %
Soldiers 2357 37.1 %
Senior military specialists 251 4.0 %
Junior military specialists 331 5.2 %
Civilians 431 6.7 %
Total 6359 100 %
Men 5311 83.5 %
Women 1048 16.5 %

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.