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  1. I've met this guy through online dating app. He was a soldier. I'm a newbie professor living in the Philippines.. He was 23 and I'm 19. Now...he say he can't go to my country because turkey soldiers were banned to travel abroad since last year. Should i trust him on that? Coz i searched about turkey soldiers being banned to travel abroad....and i cant find similar to that...so...i made a fake account and add his soldier friends and other relatives. Then i asked them if its true then i got a positive reply...soldiers are banned to travel in other countries ...but i want more clarifications and advice... He say that he will buy me ticket so i can visit him in turkey. I told him that i can't go there just alone...so we agreed that i will visit him with mom. And mom's traveling cost will be my own expenses. He will buy a ticket just for me. I ask him if i can meet his family he say it must be good if we go to Cappadocia first. Hmm. Really i was suspecting him ..i don't know please help me...i also don't know what to ask here or to say ... Thanks in advance.
  2. My Turkish fiancé in army!!

    Merhaba everyone, my fiancé was in ibstabal army for a months, I just don't know what he doing out there. We only together 5 month but we just engaged. So he have to go army for 12 month then this 25 September he have to go Hakkari çukurca. He was apply for chief cooking but he didn't do anything at army all he traning is gun, carry 30kg bag, run for 30 miles so he doing mountain training.. I was quite confused, if anyone been through like that or anything you know who have been Hakkari çukurca. I thought he doing traning for 12 month. But he told me he traning 1 or 2 month then staight away to war? He only 21... with ppk Kurdish.. I am not sure if that true.. I been spoken to my mother about that as she told me not worry he only traning in boot camp not front line of war I was like okay, but he told me he going to war.. :L Everyday I am worried of him everyday. I am going see him next Friday for 10 day spend time then won't able see him for 10 month. i just don't know what to do... many thanks
  3. Hello all! I was wondering if someone could lend me some advice regarding the Turkish national service. My boyfriend has said that he will be starting his 1 year service this coming January. He has already told me that for the first few weeks/month there will be little or no contact at all, but after this time he will be able to contact me for short periods of time. He also said that after May he will be able to take two weeks leave so that I can travel to Turkey and spend time with him during his leave. I am aware that it is going to be very difficult without contact as we talk all the time, and I am going to miss him very much. But I was wondering if someone has been through this experience and can advice me what it is going to be like for him, can he take his two week leave and if he will be able to contact me during the time? Also, does he get any sort of income while doing his service? Thank you in advance, Jessie
  4. Are there any vacant jobs in Antalya with me having a American retired military background I've been searching the web but can't find anything
  5. Hi im new here!!! Opps!! Sorry to interrupt you guys.. somehow having problems with my turk bf.. Can anyone help me please regarding passport issue in turkey... he wants to visit me.. but he has no passport. .. ive read some forums some says its easy some says its difficult... and im so confused! if money matters i guess its easy for him to have it... Please help me... thanks guys...
  6. Another blow to Turkey's reputation and credibility as reports of an attempted Military coup come in. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36809083
  7. Moving abroad before army

    Hi my fiancée and I have been together for 4 years. He's turkish and I'm British and he's coming 21 years of age. He has delayed the army for a few years due to his mums health and is due to go in, in 2017. We're quite happy to do this however, several of his family members have said if I got a lawyer on the English side he will have a chance to come into the country before he does his army service and we would be able to buy out of it after 3 years... Does anyone know the possibility or risks of this? Before we pay out for help and end up with nothing. This would be so much better for us if possible as my father is ill and it would be a chance to get to know each other before he passes and also be able to start a family. If not we will continue on with our original plan.
  8. Fantastic site and wisdom in the postings. It is great to have found and this problem i feel crosses many more ages than just those under 29. I have a question about military service, etc. in the Turkish army. If someone has been in the military for years, I believe as a career, is older, as in 55 years old; is it feasible or possible or any type of truth to the fact, that if they have violated some military rule (i don't know what else to call it other than a rule) - is it possible that this person could be thrown into jail and maybe in jail for life. And I believe they were only guilty of talking to someone on social media when they were in a military camp. How serious would the breaking of this rule be with the Turkish army, or maybe it is not even a problem at all. I am not accustomed to the army in Turkey and am more familiar with USA and Canadian military where such things would not happen. However, neither one of the North American countries has a forced military service either. Another question related to the previous concern. If someone did have to deal with such an issue, would they be required to hire a lawyer to help them in such an action. Thank you to any and all for assistance on this.
  9. Hello I am a dual turkish- british citizen and am thinking about completing my military service as a reserve officer, i have a BA degree in political science from a british university and my turkish is ok. i am also a qualified english teacher with 3 years teaching experience. does anyone have any information about being selected as a reserve officer, the training, the treatment, specific job in army according to skills and qualifications? any information would be useful. thanks
  10. The battle of Gallipoli was one of the bloodiest battles of WWI, fought on Turkish soil, with the Turks defending their homeland. It was not just a turning point of the war, but a turning point of the world. It lasted from 25 April 1915 to 9 January 1916. This battle formed the basis for the Turkish war of independence, then later, the establishment of the Republic of Turkey under Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who first rose to prominence as a general during this battle. It also marked the birth of the national consciousness of Australia and New Zealand, since the ANZACs (Australia New Zealand Army Corps) shouldered a major part of the battle. Over 100,000 men died in this battle. Turkish losses were estimated to be between 56,000 to 68,000. Allied losses were estimated to be around 53,000. It was a disaster for the allies. After their defeat, then Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, resigned in disgrace, picked up a rifle, and went to fight as a soldier on the European front. April 25th is now called "ANZAC Day" in memory of the ANZAC soldiers who died trying to take Gallipoli. It is a time of pilgrimage for Australians and New Zealanders to come to Turkey and see the battlefields, and to meet the Turks, and experience their hospitality. If you know anything about the Battle of Gallipoli, this might bring a tear to your eye.
  11. Military Question

    I am a US citizen and my fiance and I are in the process of trying to get him a K1 fiance visa so he can move to the US. He is 20 years old. I know one of the ways to get out of the military requirement is to pay to not go. His family has paid for all the other males in the family and are going to pay for him too. The thing is, he isnt supposed to go to the military yet since he is enrolled in University. Since he is enrolled in University, the day they call him is probably like 5 years away maybe 6. Will they let him come to the US even though he hasn't completed his requirement or paid to not go?
  12. Here is the latest information regarding access to Incirlik Air Base for medical care for US military retirees. The 39th Medical Group offers space-available medical care and pharmacy services to US military retirees and their dependents as always, but only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You will need to arrange an escort from the main gate to the hospital. To do so, call the patient liaison at 0322 316 3373 to arrange a gate pass. The patient liaisons will then submit the paperwork for the gate pass. Because of the recent changes to the base access policy, you must be escorted from the main gate to your appointment, and back to the main gate. Unfortunately you will not be allowed to use anything else on the base such as the BX and commissary. Make sure you are registered with the Tricare representative at the hospital, with a valid address and telephone number so you can be updated on any further changes to the policy. Military retirees can still, of course, access medical care atht eh Acibadem and Medline hospitals and clinics, which are in the TRICARE network. You can also access International SOS at (44)20-8762-8384 (toll free 008008829200) or visit www.tricare-overseas.com for additional information.
  13. Hi everyone out there! I am Norwegian and my boyfriend, Mahmut, is Turkish. We have been together for a while now, and he is now in the army to do his time. He has been there now for 4 months and have left 8 months. I've come here because I was hoping if there is anyone that has been in a similar situation that could maybe help me with some advice and support on how to still keep my head up and basically hang on, because right now I am at a breaking point. The thing is that in April he was supposed to get a vacation time where we finally were gonna see each other again, and it's also our anniversary. This is something we have been counting down for and been excited about for a very long time. The problem now is that he told me today that when he gets his vacation time he has to work, and because of that there is no point in me going there when I won't get to see him during that time. He knows how upsetting that makes me, but then again I understand some what why he has to work. We are used to being 1 month apart where I go back to Norway, and after 1 month I get to see him again. So being away from him this long is really hard and I have never been through this before so I don't know how, or how to think, to be able to still keep my head up and hang on at this point. Many tell me to keep myself occupied and do activities at all times to make time go by faster, but my problem is that I am unemployed right now and struggling to get a job, and my life is not exactly exciting. I know that I don't want to give up on our relationship and I am trying so hard to keep it all together, but right now, after he told me he can't be able meet me in April, I have a hard time accepting the fact I have to wait until he's finished until I get to see him. I know I should not be complaining about this, and that there is people out there that don't get to see their loved ones for years, and it also might sound very selfish to some people. But like I said I have never been in this type of relation ship and I don't know how to keep myself both physically and mentally "stable" for this situation, and that's where I need some help. Thank you and I appreciate that you are taking your time for this!!
  14. Hi, I'm new on this site and have 2 questions that have been bothering me for a longtime. I have been trying to get info on the paid (dovizli) military service. I was born in Istanbul and been living in NY for 19 years now, I am 32 years old, Turkish and US citizen, and also have delayed my army service until age of 38. I called the NY consulate many times trying to understand dovizli service but the consulate people don't speak or understand English too well and wanted to see if anyone here can help. I know that there is a new law that passed for bedelli military service for 18,000 lira and expires in 13 February but I am more interested in other, dovizli askerlik, which if I understand it right, is 6,000 euro and can be paid in 4 payments. My questions is, if I do this dovizli service do I still have to serve 21 days in the army? There has been so many changes to this law that I don't know if you have to serve anymore, I also know that the payment went down from 10,000 euro. My second question is about the reporting of dual citizenship to Turkish consulate. I believe that my mom and I have done this about 5 years ago when we applied for new nufus cuzdani. Does reporting dual citizenship (US-Turkish) make me loose any benefits in Turkey, such as social security or health insurance (saglik sigorta)? I am asking these questions because I am planning to move back to Turkey Thank you for any help Maykil
  15. Hi, I'm an US Army retiree with a valid retiree ID card. I'll be arriving at Izmir tomorrow and want to make a quick stop at the shoppette or the exchange for some Newports ( I don't exactly know where I need to go to shop). Do I need a special permit? If so, where can I obtain it? Thanks in advance for your replies.
  16. Hello, My husband is working and living in the UK with me (british citizen) on a 5 year residency permit. We are going down to the Turkish Consulate on Monday to postpone his military service. Has anyone else done this? Would like to know the ins and outs if possible Thanks
  17. Hello All, I am retiring from the military and my family is relocating to Turkey... I wanted to open a topic on Tricare to begin compiling information for others who might be interested. So here are some questions I have been trying to address, and the answers I have found thus far (Thanks to Ken who provided much of this info)... if you have better or more recent info, please add to the conversation: Q1: What kind of TRICARE is available to military retirees in Turkey? A1: Retirees are eligible for Tricare Standard Overseas (see http://www.tricare.mil/Plans/HealthPlans/TSO.aspx). Only active duty can use Tricare Prime Overseas or Tricare Extra Overseas. Q2: How does TRICARE standard work? A2: In short, individuals $150 USD for a deductible, families $300, then a 25% cost share for services. Detailed info: http://www.tricare.mil/Costs/HealthPlanCosts/TSO.aspx Q3: Do I need to enroll or do anything special to use Tricare Standard Overseas? A3: No. You are automatically enrolled in Tricare Standard Overseas. You will pay out of pocket for all services, and then submit paperwork to Tricare for reimbursement. Q4: What about prescriptions? Can we use Tricare Mail Order Pharmacy? A4: Overseas, you may fill prescriptions at MTF pharmacies. Otherwise, you will need to fill prescriptions at host nation pharmacies by paying the full cost up front and filing a claim for reimbursement. TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery is only available overseas if you have an APO/FPO address. Q5: What are some other ways to pay for medical costs while overseas? A5: We are looking at several supplemental policies that pay the difference after Tricare pays. One optionis through MOAA... here is the link to their policy: http://www.moaainsurance.com/personal-insurance/mediplus-tricare-supplement Q6: What if you have children who reside in the USA while you live in Turkey (i.e. - college students)? A6: They can enroll in Tricare Prime as usual. It is called a split enrollment. Call Tricare for the region of the USA for more info. Q7: Can we use Turkish medical insurance instead? A7: I think it depends on your individual situation. It is my understanding that military retirees don't qualify for the Turkish health insurance because foreigners who receive health insurance coverage from a state-sponsored plan don't qualify. Tricare is state-sponsored. But... if Tricare doesn't meet the standard for the Residence Permit insurance requirement you may be able to purchase state insurance. But what if you elect to not take advantage of Tricare? Can you then use Turkish insurance? Not sure... Q8: What about VA medical benefits? Are costs for service-related disabilities reimbursable while living in Turkey? A8: Not sure... this would be a great question to explore. As I mentioned before... I hope this can be an ongoing discussion. If you have anything to add I am sure it would be much appreciated.
  18. My son is due in October. I am English my husband is Turkish. We are expecting a boy and I don't want him to be tied to the Military laws here in Turkey. I want him to have a UK passport and also be able to travel and work freely in Turkey, is this possible? Do I need dual citizenship for him if so what does this mean about the military and if not what do I need to do? Any and all advice would be appreciated. How do I do this process from start to finish, I want everything in place ready to do when he is born! We can take him to UK and apply for his passport while we are there. Also, I think I need to get him a Turkish Birth Cert and also a Turkish passport to travel on.....does this affect things? Can he travel back to Turkey holding two valid passports? Please help me, Im so confused!!!!!! Thanks
  19. Military service

    Hi, this is just a random thought that occurred in my mind! My partners and I's plan for when we have our first child is for me to come back to England to have the baby so my parents can be there as my partners will see the child most of the time as we will live in Turkey. Anyway - if my baby is a boy and born in England but gets his Turkish Citizenship when we go back after several months, when he comes to the age would he have to join the army as he will be half English?
  20. Can someone with experience in the Turkish military please give some details about daily life in the Turkish Military? I know every base has differences....but if you are in a highly charged area on the syrian border.......how might that be different from a more benign location? All comments are welcome and appreciated:) I think the more info i have.........the more relaxed i will be....but it is so hard being apart. Also my husband is Kurdish and I know sometimes there is varying degrees of racism from some commanders.....certainly not all. Also......being from the US, it seems the Turkish military service is much more harsh--am i right?
  21. I've just been alerted that the status of forces agreement between the Turkish government and the US military in Turkey has changed. US military retirees now have BX and Commissary privileges. I have verified this with a contact at Incirlik Air Base.
  22. Hello everyone, My name is Erkam and I am currently living in Australia. I am about to finish 4 years of university education in psychology by the end of this year and I was thinking it was high time to do my service. The reason being is that I figured if I don't do it now, it is going to cause problems for me in terms of job acquisition if I leave it until later and may also cause problems later on in life when I want to go back to Turkey and go to my cousins weddings etc. My question - or concern rather - relates to university education and military service. To give a bit of background information, as mentioned at the start of this post, by the end of this year, I will have finished 4 years of university education in psychology - 3 years as an undergraduate at one university and 1 year as a post-graduate honours student at a different university. I am currently 27 years of age and while I did get my service deferred (and have the paper's to prove it), I was thinking that I should do my service and get it done now for the reasons outlined above. To the best of my knowledge, people who have studied for 4 years can complete their service as reserve officers for 12 months or do 6 months as a short term private. Given my speciality of psychology, I would rather do 12 months as a reserve office and help out that way in the hospitals or something, rather than doing active service on the front line as a private (even though I would be only doing it for 6 months instead of 15 months). Given that and what I have written above, my question is this: is this only applicable to those who have studied for 4 years concurrently under the same degree? While in my case, I will have studied for a total of 4 years within the field of psychology by the end of this year, I am assuming that my 3+1 method instead of a single concurrant 4 year degree is going to cause problems right? Will I still be considered as a 4 year university graduate and be able to do my service as a reserve officer ? Or will I be counted as merely a high school graduate and do a 15 month service as a normal private seeing as my speciality in psychology was not 4 years under the same degree but rather 3 years as an undergraduate at one university and then 1 more year as a post-graduate at my current university? The speciality is the same, and I will still have studied for 4 years, but it's just the way I have gone about doing so is a problem for me. Hence, the reason for this post. Any assistance or information you could provide would be appreciated. Kind regards, Erkam.
  23. Greetings from the United Kingdom. I am the creator of the Izmir and Turkiye DVDs from my earlier tours in Izmir (1995-97 and 2001-2002). I am a retired US military member and have accepted a job as a NATO Civilian at the HQs in Izmir, which is a three year contract. We are planning to arrive in Izmir in mid-November. As a NATO Civilian, I am not associated with the US military or US government and therefore do not have the type of support available that I had when I moved to Izmir as a military member. I am trying to sort out what that means particularly regarding my processing and arrival of my household goods. I will be shipping household goods from the UK and we will be driving from the UK. When we process at the border, what procedure should be applied for my circumstance? Do we purchase visas? How is the car supposed to be processed. I want to avoid having to undo any procedures which are not appropriate to my situation (i.e. having my vehicle in my passport; 180 day limitations, etc). I am working with the NATO HQs in order to get some kind of NATO Orders to facilitate my processing. Where in the process of the arrival and delivery of my household goods will my status as a NATO employee be able to influence how the processing of those goods are managed. I appreciate all the information I have found on this website and thank you in advance for any insight you can provide regarding this situation or living in Izmir in general. This time, I'm coming with an HD camera and have expectations of capturing the wonderful life of Turkey in HD. Cheers, David
  24. Arriving Sometime in '14

    I will be stationed there, arriving sometime next year. I have receive a welcome letter but words on paper can be very vague when trying to cover many topic. Living Accommodation: I know there's no base housing and will be living off post. Is there anything i should bring with me that will make life comfortable? I know furniture and some appliance are provided. How the driving over there? i will not be bringing a car with me. Is a tedious process to acquire a vehicle?
  25. Military Service

    hello everyone, i joined this forum cause i needed some clear answers about the military service in turkey. i was born in belgium, my father is a turk, im 22 years old and this year i tried to join the belgian army but they refused me cause i still had to do the military service in turkey they said. I would love to do it in turkey but there is 1 tiny problem... i can barely speak turkish.. would this cause a problem of joining the turkish army? Dont they have a military base that provides an education in a foreign language like english? And where do you sign up to start with your duty. Kind regards, Oguz
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