The Turkish government has announced a plan to raise about $5 billion for defense procurement through a conscription exemption fee.

The plan exempts from military conscription all Turkish men older than 28 as of Jan. 1 who pay a lump sum of 18,000 Turkish lira (about $8,150). Turkey requires every male citizen over the age of 20 to serve five to 12 months in the military, depending on his education.

The government said more than 600,000 people qualify for the scheme. A government spokesman said most of them are expected to take advantage of the paid exemption system. […]