Sep 03 2018

Nearly half a million Turkish apply for paid military service

Around 450,000 men have applied for paid military service in Turkey, according to Turkey’s Anadolu News Agency.

The applications come following the ratification, in July, of a law allowing men to pay 15,000 lira ($2,300), to reduce the length of their military service to 21 days rather than a period varying from between five and 12 months.

The application process, which began on August 3, runs until November 3.

National service has long been a rite of passage for Turkish men, having first been introduced in 1919. Many employers in Turkey require men to have completed their national service before they can be offered employment.