Ministry plans to eliminate written notifications for military service

January 12, 2009, Monday/ 17:46:00/ ERCAN YAVUZ
The Defense Ministry has decided to take action against the ongoing global economic crisis by proposing to end the military's written notifications for mandatory service, a move that, among other cuts, is estimated to provide savings of TL 3 billion annually.

If Parliament passes the proposal, which would be an amendment to the military service law, future soldiers would no longer be notified of their military service through written subpoenas. Instead, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) would broadcast announcements, which would be considered official and valid subpoenas for those who need to complete their obligatory military service.

The military's enlistment offices issue about 1 million written notifications every year. Each of these notifications costs TL 3.

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