Turks seeking to shorten military service by paying cash to the state will receive lessons in sociology, history, geopolitics and the country’s future, said Naci Bonstanci, head of the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) in parliament.
“This education should be seen as more theoretical than military,” Bostanci said, according to Milliyet newspaper. The shortened service will last 28 days, he said.
Turkey’s government is seeking to make it easier for Turkish citizens to skip full military service, which can last 18 months, through legislation it is putting before parliament. The step was pledged by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan before presidential elections on June 24, when he won 52 percent of the vote.
About 1.3 million people have taken advantage of rules allowing them to pay for shortened military service. About 400,000 people are awaiting the opportunity, he said.