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Prime Minister Janez Janša at the Slovenian Army Day ceremony

Today, Prime Minister Janez Janša attended the Slovenian Army Day central ceremony, which took place at the Training Centre for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief in Ig. Slovenian Army Day is marked on 15 May. On this day in 1991, Slovenian conscripts started serving in the army only in Slovenia, at the two training centres of the then Territorial Defence. A total of 300 conscripts began their military service at the 710th Training Centre in Pekre, near Maribor, and the 510th Training Centre in Ig, near Ljubljana. Slovenian Army Day is a day for preserving the values of Slovenian military history, especially the values of efforts for independence.

At today's ceremony, the new general of the Slovenian Army, Miha Škerbinac, was presented with a general's ring, and Anže Rodet received the brigadier's sabre as the newly promoted brigadier. At today's ceremony, awards were also presented to the best soldier and the best non-commissioned officer for 2020. The award for the best soldier was given to Tadej Ščančar, and for the best non-commissioned officer to Klemen Mihalič.

In his speech, the Chief of the General Staff, Robert Glavaš, emphasised the importance of the Slovenian Army in terms of the process of gaining independence and strengthening statehood, adding that our unity was key in our victory for independence. He also highlighted the achievements of Slovenian soldiers, and talked about some key measures for how to improve their position.

In his speech, the Minister of Defence, Matej Tonin, also said that in the first years, the Slovenian Army was built on the foundations of independence, then it became professional, in the third decade some dark clouds gathered over it, and the fourth decade, according to the words of Minister Tonin, will be a decade of growth and success. Minister Tonin also highlighted the key measures taken in the last year to improve the situation of soldiers, as well as a stable and predictable source of funding and a new Decree on voluntary military service, which newly regulates raising the military age limit (PSVR), the manner of performing PSVR, the secondment procedure, the rights and duties of candidates or military volunteers, and the cash benefits. The Decree stipulates that the amount of remuneration is determined from a base equal to the minimum wage in the Republic of Slovenia.

In his solemn address, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, like his previous speakers, also expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the Slovenian soldiers and their work. "Because of your knowledge, motivation, and positive approach, you have overcome obstacles and proved that you can handle even the most difficult situations," said the President of Slovenia, noting the invaluable assistance in the last year, which was difficult for everyone, in controlling the coronavirus epidemic. "This assistance was valuable and invaluable," said the President of Slovenia and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Slovenia.