After sacking some 9000 soldiers linked to the failed 2016 coup, Turkey has launched plans to hire around 40,000 personnel in various ranks of its armed forces.
A military source told Anadolu Agency that the new recruits will include 3,755 officers and 5,375 non-commissioned officers, in addition to the plans to hire 13,213 specialized sergeants and 20,595 contracted rank and file.
The source said a total of 8,565 personnel -- including 150 generals, 4,630 officers, 2,167 non-commissioned officers, 1,210 specialized sergeants and contracted soldiers, and 411 civil servants and workers -- have been expelled for links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) following the July 2016 defeated coup.
To overcome the staff shortages after the expulsions, the ministry hired a total of 15,850 personnel -- including 1,763 officers, 4,135 non-commissioned officers, 3,698 specialized sergeants, 6,162 contracted rank and file, and 92 civil servants.
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