Documents and items required for military service

Military service is an obligation to be fulfilled by male citizens over the age of 20 in Turkey. The military service process is conducted by the military branches and military candidates must prepare certain documents. In this article we provide a detailed explanation of the documents required for military service in Turkey.

Required documents for private persons

Documents required before the last election day:

  • Appropriate report from the general practitioner. If the GP deems it desirable, a report must be requested from the Tuberculosis Pharmacy.

Documents required by the deadline:

  • Original and a copy of the birth certificate
  • 9 passport photos
  • The original and a copy of the document proving educational status
  • Documentation related to art or profession (if any)
  • Athlete License (if you are an athlete)
  • Original and a copy of the driver’s license
  • If you are a student, if you have a prison situation, if you are an employee or employer abroad, you must send the documents from the relevant institutions proving your status to the military service.

Early Shipment Request Documents:

  • petition
  • Document proving military status
  • Petition stating your excuse (if applicable)

Required Documents for Reserve Officers

Required documents and items needed for military service

  • petition
  • Diploma and graduation certificate (original and 3 photocopies)
  • 2 copies of identity cards
  • 8 passport photos
  • Records of surgeries and treatments we have had (if applicable)
  • If you are imprisoned, sick or an employee or employer abroad, you must send the documents you receive from the organizations to the military service.
  • If you have completed a bachelor’s degree abroad, you must send the document, diploma and three photocopies, three copies of the Turkish translation to the military department, proving that you have completed four or more years of bachelor’s degree, which are issued by YÖK . The translation must be certified by a notary or consulate.

Military issued items

Required documents and items needed for military service

Items given to soldiers usually come in a bag. These items can vary from troop to troop, but are generally as follows:

  • Parka
  • Camouflage
  • Dress – Without Epaulettes (1 piece)
  • Shirt – Without epaulettes (1 piece)
  • Summer and winter hats (1 piece)
  • Tracksuit set (1 piece)
  • Pajama set (1 piece)
  • Winter or summer boots (1 piece)
  • Sports shoes (1 piece)
  • Plastic slippers (1 piece)
  • Winter or summer socks (2 pieces)
  • Sports socks (1 piece)
  • Frost (2 pieces)
  • Wool underwear (1 piece)
  • Flannel (2 pieces)
  • Athlete (1 piece)
  • Gloves (1 piece)
  • Palak (1 piece)
  • Bag (1 piece)
  • Sports pants (1 piece)
  • Bath shorts (1 piece)
  • Bath towel (1 piece)
  • Face towel (1 piece)
  • Toothpaste (1 piece)
  • Toothbrush (1 piece)
  • 1 bar of soap (monthly)
  • Shampoo (monthly 200 ml)
  • Shaving cream (one tube per month)
  • Fixed (4 per month)
  • Earplugs (1 piece)
  • naphtha (1 piece)
  • Push-up plate (2 pieces)
  • Imprint chain (1 piece)

Items needed when going to the military

1. Underwear (boxer, athlete, shirt)

Required documents and items needed for military service

One of the most important things in the military is underwear. You get 2 pieces, but since you will sweat in the camo, you need to wash them every 2-3 days. If you say you can’t handle it, you need to buy a lot of underwear. What you should pay attention to when buying underwear is that it is green. Boxers of different colors are allowed in some places, while they are strictly prohibited in others. That’s why you need to buy green by not risking the underwear problem. The same applies to the athlete and the undershirt.

2. Cleaning supplies (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

Required documents and items needed for military service

You receive cleaning materials every month, but you may not want to use them because they are of poor quality. You can also get it from the canteen in the army, but it is very limited in variety. For this reason, it is useful to bring the brand of cleaning and shaving materials you use from outside.

3. Ear plugs and eye patch

Required documents and items needed for military service

While it varies depending on where you go, 50-60 people stay together in military wards, so the sleeping situation becomes a bit of a problem. At 10pm the lights go out and you are asked to sleep, but it may take 11-11:30pm to sleep. If you can’t sleep in noise or light, we recommend that you bring ear plugs and an eye patch.

4. Silicone shoe sole and wadding

Required documents and items needed for military service

Boots issued by the military hurt the feet of people wearing them for the first time and take time to get used to. For this reason, it is useful to purchase a silicone sole and chamois before you leave.

5. Medicated powder

Required documents and items needed for military service

In the military, your body stays in camouflage and your feet stay in boots all day. For this reason, you will sweat a lot and even get a rash. To avoid this, you need to use medicinal powder. While the powder prevents rashes, the medicine inside protects you from fungus. It is good to use the powder immediately after taking a bath or washing your feet.

6. Prepaid card or Askercell

Required documents and items needed for military service

Talking to your family in the military can be the moment when you forget about all your problems. So be sure to take Türk Telekom prepaid cards with you. Alternatively, Turkcell has Askercell, where 10 phone numbers can be registered. You can buy from Askercell lines and be comfortable during your military service.

7. Zipper laundry net

Required documents and items needed for military service

In the military, all laundry is washed at high speed in the same machine. If you don’t want your laundry to get mixed up with your other friends, get a zipper laundry net. The reason why it was chosen with a zipper is that even if you tie it tight in the laces, it opens in the machine and your stuff gets mixed with the others. Purchasing a zipper laundry net will help you solve this problem.

8. Tissue paper

Required documents and items needed for military service

It is very difficult to find toilet paper in the military. Napkins can be found in individual packages in the canteen. You can solve this problem by purchasing 10 selpak wipes in your market permits. Make sure you have these with you when you go.

9. Slippers

Required documents and items needed for military service

The fact that all the slippers given in the military are the same model will make you lose your slippers. For this reason, it is better to buy slippers when you go. It is important that this slipper is black in color. You can easily find your slippers if you buy them in different patterns.

10. Towel

Required documents and items needed for military service

Like slippers, it’s helpful to bring a towel. Whether it’s blue or not, it doesn’t matter.

What documents should I request from the military branch?

You must apply with documents such as the original and a photocopy of your identity card, 9 passport photos, a document indicating your educational status (bachelor’s degree, high school diploma, etc.), any professional documents, original and a photocopy of your driver’s license.

How do I get a medical report for military service?

You will receive the medical report from your general practitioner. If your GP does not agree, you can go to the TB pharmacy and request a health report.

What should I do if my military documents are incorrect?

If there is an error in your military documents, you should immediately apply to the military service department and request a correction.

Where should I apply for military service?

Applications for military service must be submitted to the provincial or district military departments in your settlement.

Do you need a blood group statement for military service?

Yes, a blood group certificate is required for military service. You can request this document from the health center or private health institutions.

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