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 this boy at the past posts of this theme(PII and PIV),but in this pic everything is more sorefull,he is looking down in a way to his destiny.One should never feel like that unless he did some crimes on that way.
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athos99 (6894) 2005-06-29 3:31
Your series on these soldiers for one day is very interesting and upsetting.
Your note is very interresting
joseelias (0) 2005-07-11 12:45
This is a very interesting and human action. If the military service is so important to people in Turkey this is a very nice gesture in order to fit and integrate people with these special needs in society.
In fact they are cast out of so many things that it’s great to see things like these happen. Although it’s only symbolic I’m sure it makes them accomplish an important stage of their citizenship.
Excellent expression capture, DOF and colors.
sharkattack (268) 2005-07-12 18:22
Superb information and lovely image.......thanks...
markpanos (1977) 2005-10-05 13:36
You catch the moment Nejat.
Very well done.I like the DOF and i like very much your note,it´s so interesting.
Gia sou friend
sotirios (20) 2005-11-29 1:21
in Greece it was almost the same thing, someone had to go to the army to be considered as a man, otherwise he was considered as a boy.
Nowdays its almost like fun, this idea has faded and many people try to cheat and never go to army.
Knowing the things i wrote above i consider it strange for someone like those people even cosidering that they might go to army for one hour, but society always makes unwritten rules and forces people to obey.
All these thoughts and much much more came from your photo. So one photo worths much more than 1000 words, you got that great in your photo, but i don't have the space to write those words, so be well
klennon79 (0) 2006-01-10 20:33
You have captured a really amazing and heart wreching moment. It's a great picture and your note is wonderful. I really like how you focus soley on the man's expression. Thank you for the education.
- Copyright: nejat yilmaz (ballyna) (1689)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-05-13
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Nikon F3, Micro-Nikkor 105 mm 1:2.8
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): SOLDIER FOR 1 DAY [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-29 2:45