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.
We have seen these two boys at PV and PIII pictures of this theme and in this pic we notice they happened to be friends.In Turkey it is one of the closest friendships,between the people while they were doing their military service.It never ends,even after so many years;normally boys share many different memories in that period which lasts 15 months.In this stuation it is humorous,because they do the service just for one day :-) They try to do everything regularly,they have heard from other people.So let's say 'Friends Will Be Friends' as a last word.
P.S. it is written 'HER TURK ASKER DOGAR' just over them and that means 'EVERY TURKISH BOY BORNS AS A SOLDIER',maybe to increase their concentration if they still do need.
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snuggleaphagus (4146) 2005-06-27 16:33
A bit grainy but the photo is excellent. These two share a bond that comes through very well in your photo. I have worked in the field of developmental disabilities and i can say that days like these are very special specially for the participants.
All my smileys faces are gone for the day.
bfly (5775) 2005-06-27 16:45
"It never ends,even after so many years;normally boys share many different memories in that period which lasts 15 months."...and they bore us to death by repeating same stories everytime they get together (or not :)..funny picture with a great super in it..
and very good notes...very touching..their one day is worth a life I guess..
Porteplume (3426) 2005-06-27 17:15
I've just discovered your theme of "Soldier for 1 day" and read your excellent notes. It's a great way to pay a tribute to these people who have a difficult life and who can feel, at least for one day, that they can be as everybody else...
Your pictures and the way you took them show us also your personnal compassion for them. Well done Nejat!
coco (30439) 2005-06-28 11:43
This serie of photos has something magnific. Not for the soldiers: is for the people. Seeing these photos what I see is real people. Obviously is different people, different to us, and contemplating yours photos we can understand them better and be more near of they.
Thanks for share.
dexter (170) 2005-07-21 10:45
TE nin taze bir uyesi olarak size selamlarimi gonderiyorum.
Bir gunluk askerlikle ilgili serinizde en hosuma giden resimlerden biri bu oldugu icin buraya bir not yazarak baslayayim dedim.
Bu resmi benim icin digerlerinden ayiran belkide yukaridaki pankartta yazanlar oldu.
Firsat buldukca tum resimlerinizi incelemeye calisacagim.
Simdilik size basarilar diliyorum.
- 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: 2005-06-27 16:25