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    General Staff: No Paid Military Service for Ten Years!

    Hürriyet Haber
    08.04.2004 - 00:00 | Son Güncelleme:

    The General Staff announced that no instructions were made by the government to provide (29-day) military service on a paid basis and such a practice was out of the question until 2013 the earliest.The General Staff told CNN-TURK that , in spite of statements made on the issue by some politicians, such a decision should be made solely according to the needs of the army. The government members had promised, in their election rallies to provide this opportunity for those who are able to pay the money involved and serve for 29 days for the military service which is compulsory in Turkey. There were then speculations that when making such a move, PM Erdogan had his son Bilal, who is in U.S., in mind. According to the General Staff 18.433 people served in short terms between 1987-89 paying a total amount of 100 mililon DM; 35.111 people between 1992/93, paying 168 million DM and 72.290 people  on 1999 paying 1 billion 66 million DM.  The General Staff said that shortening the compulsory military service as from 15 July 2003, produced a saving of 200 trillion TL for the economy and a reduction of nearly 80 thousand , 17 % in the size of the army. 


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