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Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic
Ozbrojené sily Slovenskej Republiky
Regrut 01 znak ossr.jpg
The coat of arms
Founded 1 January 1993
Service branches Ground Forces of the Slovak Republic
Slovak Air Force
Headquarters Bratislava,  Slovakia
President of the Republic Andrej Kiska
Minister of Defense Peter Gajdoš
Chief of the General Staff General Milan Maxim
Military age 18 years of age
Conscription Abolished in 2006
Available for
military service
1,413,079, age 15–49
Fit for
military service
1,162,282, age 15–49
Reaching military
age annually
ca. 20,000
Active personnel 12,200 active soldiers[1] and 4,800 civilians (2016)[2][3][4]
Budget 1,082 billion € (2018), include 339 million € for military weapons[5][6][7][8][9][10]
Percent of GDP 1.22 % (2018)
Foreign suppliers United States[11]
 Czech Republic

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]

Former Slovak Republic President Ivan Gašparovič and former National Council speaker Richard Sulík with the Gouard of Honor. The historic uniform of the Guard of Honour used for internal protocol events is based on the uniform of Slovak volunteers of 1848, more specifically, the uniform of Janko Francisci.[18]

Structure of the armed forces[]

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

Air force[]

Slovak Air Force MiG-29AS

Note -- All aircraft data is current as of December 13, 2017.

Air defence systems

Name Origin Type Quantity Photo Notes
2K12 Kub (SA-6 Gainful)  Soviet Union SAM 5 batteries
S-300 (SA-10 Grumble)  Soviet Union SAM 1 battery Slovak S-300.jpg S-300PMU.
9K38 Igla2 (SA-18 Grouse)  Soviet Union SAM 72 pcs

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.[21][22]


Slovakia has 169 military personnel deployed in Cyprus for UNFICYP United Nations led peace support operations.[23][24] Slovakia committed to increase the number of its troops in Afghanistan to around 45 men by the end of 2016.[25] Slovakia has 41 troops deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina for EUFOR Althea.[26] Slovak troops were withdrawn from Kosovo because the Slovak Armed Forces set its priority to focus mainly on an Afghanistan NATO led mission.[27][28] Since the independence of Slovakia in 1993, there have been 59 uniformed personnel deaths in the line of service to the United Nations and NATO (as of 2017).[29][30][31]


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  21. "Contracts for April 20, 2017". Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
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  29. "Two Slovakian Soldiers Killed in Kabul Suicide Car Bomb". Defense News. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  30. "20 Years of U.S. - Slovak Diplomatic Relations". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  31. "Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel". Retrieved 19 March 2017. 

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