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Brigadier General Peter Zakrajšek


Brigadier General Peter Zakrajšek was born on 25 June 1965 in Ljubljana. In 1991, he voluntarily participated in Slovenian War of Independence as platoon commander. In 2020, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.


  • 1992           Faculty of Social Sciences  –  BA in Defence Studies
  • 2003          Faculty of Social Sciences –  Specialist in Defence Studies
  • 2009          Pedagogical and Andragogical Education for Teachers at Vocational Colleges
  • 2013           MSc in National Security Strategy, USA

Military training and Military professional courses

  • 1984           General Military High School in Ljubljana
  • 1990           Final traineeship for reserve officers in units of the former Yugoslav People’s Army units
  • 1994–1995  Infantry Advanced Officer Course, Airborne Course, Ranger Course, USA
  • 1995           UN Military Observer Course, Finland
  • 1999–2000  Army Command and General Staff College, USA
  • 2005           NATO CREVAL Course, Oberammergau, Germany
  • 2007           Observer/Controller Course, Hohenfels, Germany
  • 2008           Senior Officer Leadership Course
  • 2012–2013  National War College (NDU), USA
  • 2013           Cyber Security Leadership Program (NDU), USA

Career path in the Slovenian Armed Forces

Brigadier General Zakrajšek joined the Slovenian Armed Forces in 1992. In 1994, he was the first Slovenian officer to be sent for a year to leadership infantry training in USA. Up until then, he had carried out various staff duties at the Republic Headquarters of the Slovenian Territorial Defence. Having completed his training, he dedicated himself to the activities of the Slovenian Armed Forces in the framework of the NATO Partnership for Peace. In 1996, he led the setting up of the 10th Battalion for International Cooperation and spent a month acquiring experience as a FINBAT guest in the UNIFIL mission.

  • 1996–1998      ALBA 97 and Deputy Commander of the 1st MORiS Special Brigade
  • 1998–1999      Special operations assistant (GS SAF)
  • 2000–2001      Commander of the 10th Battalion for International Cooperation
  • 2002–2003      Deputy Commander of the 10th Motorised Battalion
  • 2003–2004      SFOR and ISAF
  • 2004–2005      Development assistant at the Doctrine and Development Centre (TRADOC)
  • 2005–2006      Deputy Commander of the Training Centre (TRADOC)
  • 2006–2008      Commander of the Combat Training Centre (TRADOC)
  • 2008–2009      KFOR and senior officer, division chief, teacher (PDRIU)
  • 2009–2010      Chief of Divisions G-3, 5, 7 at the Force Command of the SAF and  Commander of the SAF  Command Centre
  • 2011               Department Chief of the National Defence Chair (TRADOC)
  • 2012               Deputy Commandant of the Doctrine and Development Centre (TRADOC)
  • 2013–2017      National military representative in SHAPE and deputy commander of the Slovenian Armed    Forces International Peacetime Establishment (Belgium – MONS)
  • 2017–2018      Deputy Commandant of Military Schools Centre
  • 2018–2020      Commander of the 72th Brigade of the SAF

Current post

1. 1. 2021     Military Schools Centre Commandant