Jun 28 2018

Turkish government outline paid exemption from military service

The Turkish government has outlined the terms on which it will issue the temporary opportunity for young men to pay to gain exemption from military service, Islamist newspaper Yeni Şafak said.

Those who are aged over 26 will be exempted from compulsory military service if they pay 20,000 lira ($4,350) and the money will be spent on defence, the newspaper said.

The law issuing the exemption will likely be passed after parliament opens in October, it added.

Although Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) had initially said that it would not issue the opportunity for paid exemption, but later added it to their election pledges as the June 24 election hotted up.