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The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic number 15,996 uniformed personnel and 3,761 civilians.[12][13] Slovakia joined NATO on 29 March 2004.[14] From 2006 the army transformed into a fully professional organization and compulsory military service was abolished.[15][16][17]

Structure of the armed forces

Structure of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic 2016 (click to enlarge)

Ground forces

Ground Forces of the Slovak Republic

Slovak soldiers from 12th Mechanized Battalion

Air force

Slovak Air Force

Slovak Air Force MiG-29AS

Special forces

Slovak 5th Special Forces Regiment operating in eastern Afghanistan

The 5th Special Forces Regiment is Slovakia's counter-terrorism and special operations unit. The unit is directly attached to the armed forces general staff, but works for the Operational Reconnaissance Bureau.[18][19]

Missions

Slovakia has 169 military personnel deployed in Cyprus for UNFICYP United Nations led peace support operations.[20][21] Slovakia committed to increase the number of its troops in Afghanistan to around 45 men by the end of 2016.[22] Slovakia has 41 troops deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina for EUFOR Althea.[23] Slovak troops were withdrawn from Kosovo because the Slovak Armed Forces set its priority to focus mainly on an Afghanistan NATO led mission.[24][25] Since the independence of Slovakia in 1993, there have been 60 uniformed personnel deaths in the line of service to the United Nations and NATO (as of February 14, 2018).[26][27][28]

References

  1. ^ "V armáde SR bude pôsobiť viac vojakov, bude mať aj viac húfnic či BVP". Dnesky.sk. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Evolution, Heureka (11 September 2016). "V armáde má pôsobiť viac vojakov aj civilných zamestnancov - Hlavné správy". hlavnespravy.sk. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Defence Data". Eda.europa.eu. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "National Defence Data 2012 of the EDA participating Member States" (PDF). Eda.europa.eu. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "NATO Defence Expenditure: 2009 - 2013" 14 August 2014
  7. ^ ""Slovak Military Budget 2014"" (PDF). Mod.gov.sk. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  8. ^ ""Slovak Military Budget 2013"" (PDF). Mosr.sk. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Rezort obrany vyčerpal vlani z rozpočtu 725,6 milióna eur". Topky.sk. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  10. ^ P E R E X , a. s. "Rozpočet armády sa zvyšovať nebude, tvrdí Fico". Pravda.sk. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Work, Slovakian Defense Minister Review Bilateral Relationship". Defense.gov. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "Slovenská armáda v číslach: 475 vojakov nebolo na testoch fyzickej spôsobilosti!". Cas.sk. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Vojakov je menej. Za desať rokov klesol ich počet o 8000". Aktuality.sk. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "NATO Update: Seven new members join NATO - 29 March 2004". Nato.int. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Biela "kniha o obrane SR 2013"" (PDF). Lt.justice.gov.sk. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "Financial and Economic Data Relating to NATO Defence" (PDF). Nato.int. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  17. ^ "Slovenská armáda je v kritickom stave, má to fatálne následky". Komentare.sme.sk. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Contracts for April 20, 2017". Defense.gov. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  19. ^ "Colt Capitalizes on Foreign Military Sales Program - The Firearm Blog". Thefirearmblog.com. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  20. ^ "United Nations Mission´s Summary detailed by Country 2014" (PDF). Un.org. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  22. ^ ""Pôsobenie Slovenska v zahraničných misiách a operáciách"" (PDF). Cenaa.org. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  23. ^ Jasmin. "EUFOR "Exercise Quick Response 2" begins". EUFOR ALTHEA. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  24. ^ "B92 - Info - Slovakia pulling soldiers from Kosovo". B92. Archived from the original on 24 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  25. ^ "Účasť Slovenska v mierových operáciách NATO - Slovensko v NATO - Zahraničná politika - Ministerstvo zahraničných vecí a európskych záležitostí Slovenskej republiky". Mzv.sk. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  26. ^ "Two Slovakian Soldiers Killed in Kabul Suicide Car Bomb". Defense News. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  27. ^ "20 Years of U.S. - Slovak Diplomatic Relations". Usembassy.sk. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel". defense.gov. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 

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