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Turkish Army suspends recruitment of soldiers due to coronavirus

The measure, which seeks to prevent the coronavirus from spreading among the ranks of the Turkish Armed Forces, will force some 66,000 recruits to complete at least one more month of compulsory military service.

A presidential decree published on Friday, April 17th in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Turkey extends the duration of compulsory military service for thousands of soldiers currently serving in the ranks of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), while temporarily postponing the recruiting of new troops to prevent the coronavirus from spreading among the ranks of the Turkish army.

The decree extends the duration of the military service for some 66,000 soldiers who currently serve in the ranks of the Armed Forces for at least a month, while the recruitment of 53,000 citizens who were due to perform military service now, is postponed. The measure could be prolonged in time, since it will be reviewed by the government after a month.

According to the Turkish press, the last discharge of soldiers into the Turkish army occurred on April 1st, when 60,000 recruits ended their service, while the most recent recruitment occurred on March 19th, a week after the first case of coronavirus in Turkey was confirmed. In any case, both soldiers who join and those who leave are obliged to spend a quarantine of 14 days.