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 am starting this theme today and this is the first post of a serie.This boy is unable to use his arms and hands regularly,and his legs and feet as well.But I am deeply influenced by his happy face;actually I must admit that I have not seen a happier face.
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sigh (173) 2005-06-18 13:50
nejat this is a great picture and let's face it what Turkish Army does is big a motivation in their life. thank you for this lovely picture and thank you for the Armed Forces for this precious smile made possible.
semra (141) 2006-02-27 9:30
ne olursa olsun,herşeye rağmen hayata meydan okuyan bir gülümseme..
''ne bakıyorsunuz,bakın biz de olabiliyormuşuz'' dercesine..
çok güzel,çok içten bir an
- Copyright: nejat yilmaz (ballyna) (1689)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-05-13
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Nikon F3, Zoom-Nikkor 35-105 mm. 1:3,5-4,5
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): SOLDIER FOR 1 DAY [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-18 10:28