STA, 8 November 2018 - Brigadier Alenka Ermenc, deputy chief of the general staff of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF), will be promoted to the rank of major general as the first ever woman so high up the army hierarchy.
The proposal for Ermenc's promotion was endorsed by the government on Thursday after she was named deputy chief of the general staff in March this year, the highest rank for a woman in the army.
Ermenc graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies in London in 2008 and got her master's degree a year later at the King's College University of London.
Before that she graduated from the Ljubljana Faculty of Social Sciences. In 1991, she was actively involved in the ten-day independence war as a member of the Territorial Defence, the army's precursor.
Ermenc has been employed in the SAF for 27 years. She was promoted to the rank of brigadier in May 2011. She holds a number military honours, including NATO Medal for participation in peacekeeping operations and the Maltese Order pro Merito Melitensi.