Military Capabilities

Slovenia faces critical shortage of professional soldiers

05 February 2018

The Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) are short of 1,300 professional soldiers so they cannot field complete battlegroups as they are only 60% manned, Major General Alan Geder, Deputy Chief of the SAF General Staff, told the parliamentary defence committee on 29 January.

Maj Gen Geder said at least 8,000 professionals and 2,000 contracted reservists were needed for the SAF to carry out all its assigned tasks, warning that “all planned purchases of new weapons will be in vain because there will be no soldiers to man them”.

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