The Slovenia Times

Armed forces chief promoted to lieutenant general


Robert Glavaš, chief of the general staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF), has been promoted from major general to lieutenant general by President Nataša Pirc Musar, the army's supreme commander.

The promotion comes at a time of a demanding international situation which calls for multiple and wise adjustments, Pirc Musar said at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace on 24 June.

She stressed that the world feels various consequences of the war in Ukraine while there are also other challenges, such as hybrid threats, rapid technological progress, climate change and vulnerable supply chains.

The army's leadership must be aware of the complexity and effects of the fast change and must provide political decision makers with expert military advice.

"Your task is, together with the political leadership, to steer, lead and pave the way to adequate solutions, transformation and adaptation of the Slovenian Armed Forces," she said.

The president also noted that the armed forces will be getting more funds in the coming years to invest and develop, which means more will be expected of the chief of the general staff. "The rank that you have received is foremost an obligation for future work", she added.

Glavaš said he strongly believed strongly believe that "leadership is not about the office, it's a privilege."

He said the army must be capable of fulfilling its mission to defend the country, providing security and stability. He also pledged to make efforts for the armed forces to enjoy the reputation of a reliable partner in the international community.

Glavaš, 61, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in 2018 and major general in 2021.

He is a graduate of the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport and started his military career by joining the country's territorial defence force, the precursor of the present-day army, in 1991, making his way up to become the chief of the general staff in April 2020.

Lieutenant general is the second highest rank in the SAF. Three previous chiefs of the general staff have held the rank, all others were major generals.


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