Azerbaijan, Baku, October 25 /Trend, R.Hafizoglu/
More than 600,000 people shy away from serving in the Turkish army, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, TRT Haber TV channel reported.
According to Erdogan, the authorities and the General Staff of the country will do everything possible to get a hold of those evading service.
It was earlier reported that some 70,000 service personnel will be demobilised in the first stage of a new law reducing the military service period in Turkey.
Earlier, the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces announced an agreement with the government concerning the reduction of the compulsory military service period from 15 months to one year.
According to a statement by the General Staff, the compulsory military service period for those who entered universities will be six months.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke about the government's plans to increase the military service period by up to 12 months.