Turkish armed forces looking to make up 43,000-man shortfall

The Turkish armed forces are to hire 42,938 new personnel in 2018 following a series of post-coup-attempt purges that left their ranks understaffed, Turkish state news agency Anadolu said.

They are seeking “quality, educated personnel with strong national feeling”, the news agency said.

Some of those fired or suspended for involvement in the coup attempt or for “an organic tie” to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of having carried out the failed putsch, have already been replaced, it said.

This year, the Turkish armed forces are looking to hire 3,755 officers, 5,375 junior officers, 13,213 expert NCOs and 20,595 contracted privates and NCOs, the news agency said.


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