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  1. Turkish males age 20 to 41 must serve in the Turkish military. If you're a male considering becoming a Turkish citizen or seeking citizenship for your male children, you should take this into account. If You Have a Turkish Mother or Father If you have a Turkish mother or father, the Turkish government considers you to be a Turkish citizen from birth, and you'll be required to serve in the military unless you can legally avoid it. If You Don't Have a Turkish Mother or Father If you don't have a Turkish mother or father and are over age 24 and become a naturalized citizen-that is, by choice, you won't be required to serve in the military. How the Turkish Military Conscription Cycle Works The call-up for military service registration occurs when a Turkish male reaches age 19. Their actual service begins at age 20. Turkish military conscription (draft) generally works with age groups. Here's an example of how it works in a typical year: In July, male Turks born anytime during the year which is 19 years previous are required to apply for military service (in 2021, for example, that birth year was 2002), While applying, the recruits can choose what capacity they want to serve in, such as officer, non-commissioned officer, or private. Anyone who doesn't meet the requirements to be an officer or non-commissioned officer will serve as a private. The recruits may also submit reasons for a postponement of their service, or to be excused from service because of a medical condition. In September, the applications are evaluated, reasons for postponement or excusal from service are considered, and assignments are made. In January of the following year, the first orders to report are sent out. In March of the following year, the first recruits report for duty. Typically the orders are sent out two months in advance of the start date of their training. How Your Education Level Can Affect Your Service If you don't have at least a four-year university degree, you'll serve 12 months as a private. If you have a four-year university degree or higher, you can serve 12 months as an officer, or six months as a private. Reducing or Avoiding Military Service Your Age at the Time of Naturalized Citizenship If you don't have a Turkish mother or father, are over 24 years old, and became a naturalized Turkish citizen after age 24 by choice, by marriage, or by investment, you won't be expected to serve in the Turkish military. This opportunity to avoid military service doesn't exist if you have a Turkish mother or father. If you have a Turkish mother or father, you're legally a Turkish citizen from the day of your birth. So you'll have the military service requirement no matter what. Veterans of the Armed Forces of Other Countries If you've already served in your home country's military, whether it was compulsory or voluntary, you probably won't have to serve again in the Turkish military. Turkey has agreements with many countries stating that if a person has already done military service in one country, and then becomes a citizen of the other, they don't have to serve in the military a second time. This also applies to those who've paid, in their home country, to forego military service. You would just need to have a document which certifies your military obligation, in your home country, has been fulfilled. Postponing Military Service Educational Reasons If you're in high school or have graduated, you can postpone your military service until age 22. If you're in or have graduated from a vocational and technical high school, you can postpone your military service until age 25. If you're a university student, you can postpone your military service until age 28. If you are still in a university at age 28, you'll be required to take a break from your studies and perform your military service. Then after that, you can return to the university. If you've completed your four-year university education and are working on a master's degree, you can postpone your military service for one year. Medical Reasons If you have a temporary medical condition, you can postpone your service until you are well enough and fit enough to perform it. The Askerlik Bedeli: Paying Money to Shorten Your Military Service From time to time, the Turkish government allows some who are obliged to serve in the military to pay a bedel (payment) to have their military service time shortened. They offer this paid opt-out to keep the civilian workforce healthy for economic growth. But it is always subject to the requirements of the military. Those who pay the Bedel attend 30 days of training, which fulfills their military commitment. In 2018, potential recruits born before 1 January 1994 were allowed to pay a bedel of 31,000 TL to have their military service time shortened to a training course of 21 days. After reporting for duty, their training focused on the basics of soldiering, including military customs and courtesies, marching, physical training, and marksmanship. While there have been discussions about making the Askerlik Bedeli permanent, as of this writing, it isn't. It will only be available on a year-to-year basis according to the needs of the government. Contacting the Turkish Recruitment Office You should always clarify your personal situation with the Turkish military directly. There are two ways to do this: Contact the Askerlama Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Recruitment), at https://asal.msb.gov.tr/. Go to, call, or e-mail the Askerlik Şubesi (Military Local Office) responsible for the area where you live. You can find a list of these offices, which includes their contact information, at https://asal.msb.gov.tr/Askeralma/AsalIletisim. References Law Number 7179, Article 43, as of June 26th, 2019. Consultation with Ender Keleş, Attorney at Law and Managing Partner of E&G Legal, August 22nd, 2019. If you would like to contact Mr. Keleş, you can do so through his website at www.eglegal.net. Turkish Citizenship Law Turkish Citizenship Law is the Turkish Nationality Act No. 5901 as amended. Assistance and Support Milli Savunma Bakanlığı Askerlama Genel Müdürlüğü Bedelli Askerlık: The Turkish military information page about making a payment and doing a shortened term of service. The Nüfus: handles citizenship applications made within Turkey. You can call their national helpline from any telephone in Turkey, at 150. Their international number is +90 312 591 2133 or 2389. It has an English option. For citizenship applications made outside of Turkey, contact your local Turkish embassy or consulate. Turkish Citizenship Forum: If you have a question about Turkish citizenship, search our citizenship forum to see if it's already been answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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...
  5. Hello I will be retiring in turkey and moving to Antalya with my family and my spouse is a from Antalya, where is the nearest VA office where I can check in and give them my documents? And is there anything I need to know before I get there, like what I need to do
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. Hi there. My Father is a Turkish born Turk. How ever he migrated to Australia 30+ years ago. He holds both a Australian Citizenship & Turkish. ( Dual National )Coming to Australia at such a young age, he never returned to Turkey & therfore never did the Military service. He is now 51 years of age wanting to travel to Turkey as a tourist. He will be travelling on his Australian passport. I know the cut off age for Military in Turkey is 41 from what I have heard. Will he have any trouble travelling to Turkey? ThanksEran
  9. Corporal Seyit fought the allied navies by shelling the allied ships on the straits of Canakkale. After the crane on his gun failed, he took over, lifting 275 kilo shells and putting them into the breach of his gun so they could be fired.
  10. The "Nusret" was a mine layer which saved the day for Turkey during a naval battle in Canakkale. Its mines sunk several allied ships and stopped them from sailing up the Dardanelles to threaten Constantinople. This small ship's story is like that of David and Goliath.
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