Turkish Armed Forces

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Turkish Air Force seal Turkish Air Force
Turkish Navy
Turkish Gendarmerie*
Turkish Coast Guard*
*Note: Gendarmerie and Coast Guard fall under the Ministry of the Interior during peacetime.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) (Turkish: Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri or TSK) consist of the Army, the Navy (including naval aviation and naval infantry), and the Air Force of the Republic of Turkey. The Gendarmerie and the Coast Guard, both have law enforcement and military functions, operate as components of the internal security forces in peacetime, and are subordinate to the Turkish Ministry of Interior. In wartime, they are subordinate to the Army and Navy.

The Chief of General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) is Işık Koşaner. The Chief of the General Staff is the Commander of the Armed Forces. In wartime, he acts as the Commander in Chief on behalf of the President. Commanding the Armed Forces and establishing the policies and programs related with the preparation for combat of personnel, intelligence, operations, organization, training and logistic services are the responsibilities of the Turkish General Staff. Furthermore, the Turkish General Staff coordinates the military relations of the Turkish Armed Forces with NATO member states and other friendly nations.

After becoming a member of the NATO Alliance on 18 February 1952, Turkey initiated a comprehensive modernization program for its Armed Forces. Towards the end of the 1980s, a second restructuring process was initiated.

The TAF, has a combined troop strength of around 1,041,900 personell (including reserves and paramilitary forces)[2]. Currently, up to 48,400 troops[citation needed] may be stationed in the north of Cyprus as part of the Cyprus Turkish Peace Force.

The TAF participate in European Union battlegroups under control of the European Council, as a part of the Italian-Romanian-Turkish Battlegroup, which will be on standby for duty during June–December 2010. It also contributes operational staff to the Eurocorps multinational army corps initiative of the EU and NATO.

NATO officials also state that the modern day Turkish Armed Forces are "very experienced and very well-trained".[7]


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