Turkey's Supreme Military Council (YAS) will convene on Sunday to make a series of new appointments within the Turkish army and to assess retirements of several military members.
The status of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) personnel to retire or to be promoted to a higher rank will be discussed during the council's regular meeting to be held under the presidency of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the General Staff HQ in Ankara.
Generals and admirals to be promoted to a higher rank and colonels to be appointed as generals and admirals will be determined during the gathering that will reshape TSK's command chain, officials said.
Turkey's Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug and Gendarmerie Forces Commander Gen. Atila Isik are reaching the end of their terms of office as of August 30, 2010. Accordingly, new names are expected to be appointed to the posts that will become vacant upon Basbug and Isik's retirement.
Turkish Land Forces Commander Gen. Isik Kosaner is expected to be assigned as Turkey's new General Staff Chief during the YAS meeting. If selected, Kosaner will carry out such post for 3 years.
During the gathering, new names will also be appointed as the head commanders of Turkish Land Forces and Gendarmerie Forces. On the other hand, Naval Forces Commander Admiral Esref Ugur Yigit and Air Forces Commander Gen. Hasan Aksay will carry on with their duties for one more year.
During the YAS meeting, retirement of 134 generals and admirals will be discussed, nearly 35 generals and admirals will be promoted to a higher rank and 45 colonels will be appointed as generals and admirals, officials noted.
The decisions to be taken at the council meeting will be made public after they are presented to President Abdullah Gul on August 4.
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