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Slovenia, Republic of

Capital: LjubljanaArea: 20 . 273 km2Population: 2 . 058 . 000Official Language: SloveneArmed Forces Personnel: 7 . 600
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Surgeon General
Andrej Likar MD
Colonel

Ministry of Defence
Slovenian Armed Forces Military Medical Unit
Stula b.s.
1210 Ljubljana-Sentvid
SLOVENIA

Structure
Medical Unit

• Command
• Health Centre
• Military Infirmary
• Medical Platoon Role 1
• Veterinary Unit

The unit is attached to the Support Command and carries out
activities and measures to provide medical care, as well as
to achieve, maintain and protect the optimal health of the
Slovenian Armed Forces service members.
The Health Centre assesses candidates’ abilities for military
service, as well as hazards in the workplace which affect the
health of employees. It also sees to preventive health measures
for the service members of the Slovenian Armed Forces.
The Veterinary Unit carries out preventive measures regard -
ing contagious and parasitic diseases, and monitors the
epizoologic situation in Slovenia and in the world. It systematically
breeds dogs for the purposes of the Slovenian
Armed Forces, and trains them in detecting explosives and
illegal drugs, searching for missing persons and performing
guard-patrol tasks. The Unit also trains dog-handlers.

Civil-Military Cooperation
In the past, medical support in the Slovenian Territorial Army
was provided by the National Health System (NHS). The
medical personnel were employed by the NHS, and all
employees of the system were reservists in the territorial
army. Due to size of the military and the present
developments in the military medical corps of other nations,
the country strongly supports close civil-military Cooperation,
especially in the field of medicine. The aim of the military
medical corps is to provide the same level of medical
care that is available. Since the level of medical care in
Slovenia is relatively high, this is a very demanding task for
the military and is resolved by the rational use of available
medical personnel in the country. For maintaining the skill
and knowledge, medical personnel need daily routine work
with patients. For maintaining the ability to cope with
military surrounding, personnel needs to fulfill some military
tasks. The current organization and plans for the future are
presented.