General Ciuca began his military education at the “Tudor Vladimirescu” Military High–school in 1985. He then continued his military studies in Sibiu, Fagaras and Bucharest where he studied at Academy for Advanced Military Studies between 1993 and 1995. Between June 2002 and January 2003, he was the commander of the ROU Battalion participating in the Freedom Mission in Afghanistan. In 2003 he obtained a PhD in Military Science from the National Defence University in Bucharest, his work being entitled “The engagement scope of the Romanian Armed Forces in Joint Multinational Operations”.

General Ciuca was in the first half of 2004 the Commander of the ROU Infantry Battalion in Iraq. In 2006 he obtained a MD in Strategic Studies at the War College, Ground Troops, USA.