Turkey ready to hire 500,000 career soldiers

16:12, July 01, 2010      

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Turkey is ready to hire 500,000 career soldiers as part of efforts to enhance military capability in border regions, according to a report on Wednesday.

Local Daily Aksam quoted State Minister and Chief EU negotiator Egemen Bagis as saying during a visit to Brussels that "This structural change will also contribute to our struggle with unemployment."

However Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul said Wednesday that both the government and the armed forces were conducting studies on the hiring of a vast number of career military soldiers and that an absolute number had not been determined.

He said, "what shape (the new structure) will take will be known with the conclusion of these technical studies."

The law allowing for professional soldiers was implemented nearly 10 years ago and the current structure contains both professional and conscripted soldiers.

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