Appointments, Promotions and Resignations

Advances, promotions and appointments announced by the Supreme Military Council have received mixed responses from politicians and military staff alike.

According to the MoD, seven generals and admirals had presented their resignations “prior” to the Supreme Military Council decree announced on the 2nd of August. This included Lieutenant General Zekai Aksakalli, Commander of the Special Forces, who had been praised for his critical actions which may have tipped the balance leading to the failure of the 15th of July 2016 coup attempt. The newly appointed commander of the Special Forces is now a Major General. J positions at HQ have also been appointed from among Major and Brigadier Generals. The Gendarmerie General Commander has been promoted to General and appointed as the Commander at the same time, for the first time in Turkey’s military history.

Although there are allegations that the promotions and appointments were directed at mostly Kemalists and Gulen sympathizers, however, it is said that majority of the top brass wouldn’t have made it to their current positions had it not been for the pacification of many officers and generals associated with the Ergenekon and Balyoz probes; instigated by Gulenists at the time. Some officers who retired and others who were dishonourably discharged have been invited back to service, and are now in key positions.

The same sources have also said that the Turkish Armed Forces are moving away from being a predominantly NATO Armed Force to seeking alternatives within the Eurasia perspective. Be it as it may, the COD and President work very closely and seem to be on the same page with their approach to regional and international issues requiring military strategy.

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ContenAdvances, promotions and appointments announced by the Supreme Military Council have received mixed responses from politicians and military staff alike. According to the MoD, seven generals and admirals had presented their resignations “prior” to the Supreme Military Council decree announced on the 2nd of August. This included Lieutenant General Zekai Aksakalli, Commander of the Special Forces, who had been praised for his critical actions which may have tipped the balance leading to the failure of the 15th of July 2016 coup attempt. The newly appointed commander of the Special Forces is now a Major General. J positions at HQ have also been appointed from among Major and Brigadier Generals. The Gendarmerie General Commander has been promoted to General and appointed as the Commander at the same time, for the first time in Turkey’s military history. Although there are allegations that the promotions and appointments were directed at mostly Kemalists and Gulen sympathizers, however, it is said that majority of the top brass wouldn’t have made it to their current positions had it not been for the pacification of many officers and generals associated with the Ergenekon and Balyoz probes; instigated by Gulenists at the time. Some officers who retired and others who were dishonourably discharged have been invited back to service, and are now in key positions. The same sources have also said that the Turkish Armed Forces are moving away from being a predominantly NATO Armed Force to seeking alternatives within the Eurasia perspective. Be it as it may, the COD and President work very closely and seem to be on the same page with their approach to regional and international issues requiring military strategy.
2019-05-22T11:12:59+03:00December 18th, 2017|Ahmet Dogan|
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