Republic of Slovenia
Ministry of Defence
General Staff of the Slovenian
Vojkova cesta 55
T: +386 (0)1 471 22 11
F: +386 (0)1 471 16 50
- In 2003, Slovenia abolished conscription and professionalised its armed forces.
- In 2002, the Slovenian Armed Forces introduces the first few 6x6 Valuk Light Armoured Vehicles into operational service.
- Valuk vehicles had, however, been used and tested since 1999.
- On 3 March 2003, the Training Centre in Vipava was founded.
- In 2002, the Slovenian Armed Forces introduced Roland 2 missile systems into operational service.
- With the short-range missile system Roland 2 the SAF upgraded its air defence system and increased its combat readiness.
- When the Training Centre in Vipava was founded, professional military training also included female members.
- At the time, professional female servicemembers were a novelty in the Slovenian Armed Forces.
- The Slovenian Armed Forces prepared a plan of transition to the professionalised armed forces, titled the PROVOJ project – professional armed forces complemented with contracted reserve.
- The aim of the PROVOJ project was to form a military organisation based on the voluntary, active and reserve components…
- … capable of fulfilling all missions and tasks both within the national defence system and the Alliance.
- Role 2 medical unit was acquired in 2004 and erected for the first time in 2005.
- On 29 March 2004, Slovenia became a full NATO member.
- In 2003, the Slovenian Armed Forces initiated the 21st Century Warrior project, which included renewal and upgrading of equipment and weapons.
- In 2004, the Slovenian Armed Forces replaced its old brown and grey service uniform with a new one.
- The main reason for this was the formation of a new professional armed force as well as Slovenia’s NATO and EU membership
- In 2004, the Slovenian Armed Forces introduced Cougar helicopters into operational use.
- The AS AL 532 Cougar helicopter is also used for mountain warfare training.
- The Slovenian Armed Forces began to organise student camps, where students from different faculties can experience military life.
- In 2004, the Slovenian Armed Forces deployed its servicemembers to ISAF mission in Afghanistan for the first time.
- Slovenian servicemembers work in Herat in the western part of Afghanistan and Kabul in the east of the country.
- In addition to other tasks, Slovenian military in Afghanistan protect the military camp in Herat and perform duties at check points.
- The Slovenian Armed Forces has been a part of the Multinational Land Force since 1999 when this brigade-level unit was founded.
- Slovenian Armed Forces members were first deployed abroad (Kosovo) within the MLF in 20014.