Turkish men who are accused of having links to the perceived terror groups will immediately be recruited to do their mandatory military service, according to a new post-coup emergency decree issued on June 22.
The decree, numbered 691, forces all capable individuals who are found to have ties to the terrorist organizations to perform military service.
The decree concerns those who have delayed their mandatory military service without a valid reason and those who were dismissed from their jobs or education over terror links in the aftermath of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
Turkish laws, before the decree, used to grant exemption from military service or the right to delay it for some time to students, police and military officers.
Defence Minister Fikri Işık remarked on the decree saying that the decree also focused on police officers who were exempted from military service.
“If police officers leave their positions before completing their tenth year in the police force they are obliged to fulfil their military duties. But if this duty was exempted for some reason, they would not fulfil their military obligation. This regulation is about those officers who were exempted from their duties,” Işık was quoted as saying by Hurriyet Daily News.
More than 130,000 people including military and police officers, academics, teachers, judges, prosecutors and many from different fields have lost their jobs over ties to alleged terror groups since the failed coup, last summer. The government accused the Gülen movement of masterminding the coup attempt and considers it a terrorist organization.
The government also shuttered 15 universities over ties to the movement leaving 66,000 students to look for new schools or drop out.
Meanwhile, the government has also stepped up its pressure against Kurdish minority while dismissing also thousands of people over ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the recent past.