A few weeks ago, Ministry of Defence and new Chief of Staff declared that they have plans to make military service 9 months for all. As a persuasive technique they underline that this will provide equality. At the moment there are five different service types. Their crude populism offers non-college graduates a decrease in their services: nearly 6 months. However, we helpless college graduates lose our chance to serve for only 5 months. In their rotten training system even a day longer is worse and now poor candidates will serve 4 months more… Instead of working on a professional army, the military bureaucracy aims to maintain military tutelage over educated classes. Instead of decreasing the amount of service, they unashamedly claim for more of our times. And there is not much opposition. I believe this is a more vital case than ongoing referendum debates…

Compulsory military service: base of militarism

by ORAL ÇALIŞLAR- RADIKAL
Compulsory military service is among the best methods of making society adopt a militaristic way of thinking.

Military service and the principle of equality

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
If mandatory military service is to continue to exist, defending equal service time for all is better than defending one particular sect to serve more or another to serve less?
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Turkey’s newly appointed Chief of Staff General Isik Kosaner (front) and top military officials visit the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a ceremony marking the 88th anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara August 30, 2010.? Read more » REUTERS/Umit Bektas

As the Koşaner era begins

by ALI BAYRAMOĞLU – YENI ŞAFAK
Former Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ assumed his post at a very critical time for the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

Işık Koşaner new Chief of General Staff

from Bianet :: English
Genral Işık Koşaner took over the command of the Turkish Armed Forces as Chief of General Staff. In his inauguration speech he mentioned topics such as the Kurdish question or a professional army. Koşaner also addressed the media, calling for a more careful approach.

The military lost when it couldn’t interpret Gül and Erdoğan well
Hurriyet Daily News
Then, finally, Erdoğan pressed the Ergenekon button. The Turkish public believed that the Ergenekon investigation was started by Prime Minister Erdoğan,

Turkey’s Politics of Constitutional Reform
EurasiaNet
That, at least, is the conclusion made by Ilter Turan, a professor of political science at Istanbul’s Bilgi University, in an analysis piece for the German .

Conscription, professional units and reform

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Instead of quick-fixes and temporary solutions, a long-term modernization process should be the Turkish military’s focus.

Conscription, professional units and reform

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Today?s conflict environment requires an intelligent organization which is open to reform and innovation and that can learn from its mistakes.

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  • Military service can be incredibly demanding during war time. For that simple fact, I am glad that soldiers do go through a thorough training period before anything. On the other hand, how reasonable would it be to extend that period to almost twice its current length? The army already makes too many sacrifices in name of war.

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