Thousands of soldiers have been discharged from their duty Jan. 1 after the entry into effect of the new regulation decreasing the compulsory military service from 15 months to 12 months.

Soldiers performing their military service across Turkey left their barracks or military posts three months earlier, following a government decree in October.

Over 70,000 soldiers have benefitted from the early discharge, according to the Defense Ministry. Long-term military service is predominantly performed by those who have not a university degree. […]