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…
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
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,
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 .