Implications of the Recently Enacted Buyout Option for Military Service under the Turkish Labor Law

Mandatory military service has long been a controversial topic in many nations. Around the world, young men go through great lengths to avoid compulsory service, Turkey being no exception.


Mandatory military service has long been a controversial topic in many nations. Around the world, young men go through great lengths to avoid compulsory service, Turkey being no exception.
In 2018, nearly 2.5 million youths postponed their conscription until the recent enactment of the Buyout Option for Military Service. Under Turkish law, all Turkish “male” citizens have the duty to serve in the army for some period in their lives based on the following legal grounds…


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