Turkey may cut compulsory military service

Turkish deputy PM cites agreement between the government and the military on shorter conscription period.

Turkey may cut compulsory military service

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey might reduce compulsory military service for all male Turkish citizens over twenty who have not been to university, a Turkish deputy prime minister said Friday.

Bekir Bozdag said the government was planning to shorten to a year the mandatory military service for males without a 4-year university degree from a current 15 months whereas military service periods for those with a 4-year higher education degree remain the same.

"The government and the Turkish General Staff have agreed on shortening the military service period," Bozdag told reporters.

Turkey, which has the second highest number of troops in NATO, has been working to reform its military conscription policy towards making its army a professional force.  

Bozdag said he had no information whether the new regulation would apply to current conscripts if it took effect.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Ekim 2013, 14:12

Muhammed Öylek