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Turkey to add 30,000 military personnel

Turkey to add 30,000 military personnelDuring the next four years Turkey's armed forces will recruit more than 30,000 new personnel, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

The move will help to plug staff shortages after widespread purges following a failed coup, defense ministry official said.

More than 110,000 people have been sacked or suspended in the military, civil service, judiciary and elsewhere in a security crackdown that followed the putsch in July. Some 20,000 people have been removed from the military system alone, among them 16,000 military students, the official told Reuters.

The 30,159 new personnel will be admitted into the armed forces through the naval and army military academies, while the rest will be employed as officials, sergeants and in other posts, the defense ministry official said.

A Turkish military spokeswoman confirmed new personnel would be hired, though she could not confirm the number. The armed forces said in an e-mail that it currently employs nearly 360,000 military personnel.
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