Turkish General Staff hits back salary accusations

Turkish General Staff hits back salary accusations

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Turkish General Staff hits back salary accusations

There are about 93,000 non-commissioned officers in the Turkish Army. Some retired non-commissioned officers have recently claimed discrimination. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

In a second statement in two days, the General Staff hit back at accusations that non-commissioned officers are the victims of discrimination in terms of salaries and other rights.

It accused the Turkish Association of Retired Non-Commissioned Officers of spreading disinformation and “provoking on-duty personnel.” There are approximately 93,000 non-commissioned officers in the Turkish Army. A number of retired non-commissioned officers have recently claimed discrimination against them. 

The General Staff made an announcement yesterday to explain recent improvements in conditions for retired non-commissioned officers. The statement said, however: “We are sorry to see that some members of Turkish association of retired non-commissioned officers make inaccurate statements to the media and misinform the public, which does not suit the founding principles of the association and provokes on-duty personnel.”

Turkey, army