In Turkey military service is obligatory for all the men who're healthy and aged at least 20.If you have some acceptable reasons or continue studying at a university,then u might wear the uniform later.
But in case you couldn't get your report as a healthy one,then u have no possibility to wear it.It's very important to do that service for a man,especially if he's living at the rural parts of Anatolia.Indeed it's very hard for them to have a marriage there,just because he couldn't perform his military service.And it's always a prolonging wish & curiosity in themselves how their appearances would be in those dresses,uniforms.
Since nearly five years,Turkish General Staff started a program at some garrisons to hug those disabled boys with their families,and shorten the gap(if there is) between the people and the armed forces.These disabled boys are taken into service just for one day,and certificated afterwards.In the morning they're welcomed and get their haircut in a discipline,they wear the uniforms,they have the meal altogether with their families at the saloon,get their weapons for some exercise and fast-training for the ceremony(how to walk-where to stand-which way to turn etc.) in the late afternoon.And at the big ceremony,they repeat some words,give some promises and certificated by the commanders at the open buffet with their families.They are permitted to keep the uniforms with them at their home and everytime they look at the dresses,they will memorize every tiny details of that day.From now on,it is an unforgettable day in their lives for any of them.
Turkish General Staff realizes this performance at May during The Week For Disabled Persons as a partial ceremony every year.
I started this theme yesterday and this is the second post of a serie.These two boys were mentally diseased and they were like angels,living in some other world.I am not so sure they were aware of everything but at least they were enjoying to be noticed by many people around at that moment.I saw everything was moving slower in their world,so no stress and no panic never.
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KevRyan (22956) 2005-06-19 10:35
This is a really interesting approach to inclusion - there are some very interesting things in here for me as part of my work is involved in working with young people with learning disabilities like these.
Your image isn't the sharpest in the world for a portrait like this but your efforts to convey this moment and what it means is a great piece of photo-documentary (for me) from a different culture.
I am greatly interested in taking this idea and discussing it elsewhere (in the UK) - perhaps not so much in terms of the military - we probably have quite different ideas here on military service and manhood etc. - but in terms of other areas of life.
Thanks for posting.
- Copyright: nejat yilmaz (ballyna) (1689)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2005-05-13
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Nikon F3, Micro-Nikkor 105 mm 1:2.8
- Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
- Theme(s): SOLDIER FOR 1 DAY [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-19 10:22