Turkish General Staff denies claims of command weakness

The Turkish General Staff has denied claims that there is a weakness in the chain of command within the army, also saying that new personnel recruited equalled the number of those who had resigned or retired. “The allegations that there is weakness in command in the Turkish armed forces are unrealistic, the General Staff said in a statement published on its website today, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

“Retirements and resignations take place in January and February. The procedures for the personnel who want to quit are continuing steadily. The public will be informed when the procedures are completed,” the statement said.

Recalling that  resignation and retirement are natural and personal rights, the General Staff also said that those personnel who quit the army are replaced with new personnel with the same qualifications.

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