Chief of the Turkish General Staff

The Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces (Turkish: Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri Genelkurmay Başkanı) is the chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces (Turkish: Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri). He is appointed by the President of Turkey, who is the commander-in-chief. The position dates to the period of the Government of the Grand National Assembly and the Turkish War of Independence.

Chief of the General Staff
Turkish: Genelkurmay Başkanı
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Incumbent
General Yaşar Güler

since 10 July 2018
Ministry of National Defense
Member ofGeneral Staff
National Security Council
Reports toMinister of National Defense
SeatGeneral Staff Building, Ankara
AppointerPresident of Turkey
Formation3 May 1920
First holderMirliva İsmet İnönü
DeputyLieutenant General Selcuk Bayraktaroğlu [tr]
WebsiteOfficial website

The current Chief of the General Staff is General Yaşar Güler, since 10 July 2018.[1]

List of chiefs of the general staffEdit

No. Portrait Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch
1İnönü, İsmetMirliva
İsmet İnönü
(1884–1973)
[a]
3 May 19203 August 19211 year, 92 days  Ground Forces
2Çakmak, FevziMareşal
Fevzi Çakmak
(1876–1950)
[b]
5 August 192112 January 194422 years, 160 days  Ground Forces
3Orbay, KâzımGeneral
Kâzım Orbay
(1887–1964)
12 January 194430 July 19462 years, 199 days  Ground Forces
4Omurtak, SalihGeneral
Salih Omurtak
(1889–1954)
1 August 19468 June 19492 years, 311 days  Ground Forces
5Gürman, Abdurrahman NafizGeneral
Abdurrahman Nafiz Gürman
(1882–1966)
10 June 19495 June 1950360 days  Ground Forces
6Yamut, NuriGeneral
Nuri Yamut
(1890–1961)
6 June 195010 April 19543 years, 308 days  Ground Forces
7Baransel, NurettinGeneral
Nurettin Baransel [tr]
(1897–1967)
28 May 195425 August 19551 year, 89 days  Ground Forces
8Tunaboylu, İsmailGeneral
İsmail Hakkı Tunaboylu
(1895–1958)
25 August 195510 October 19572 years, 46 days  Ground Forces
9Mengüç, FeyziGeneral
Feyzi Mengüç
(1896–1966)
11 October 195722 August 1958315 days  Ground Forces
10Erdelhun, RüştüGeneral
Rüştü Erdelhun [tr]
(1894–1983)
23 August 195827 May 19601 year, 278 days  Ground Forces
11Gümüşpala, RagıpGeneral
Ragıp Gümüşpala
(1897–1964)
3 June 19604 August 196062 days  Ground Forces
12Sunay, CevdetGeneral
Cevdet Sunay
(1899–1982)
4 August 196016 March 19665 years, 224 days  Ground Forces
13Tural, CemalGeneral
Cemal Tural
(1905–1981)
16 March 196616 March 19693 years  Ground Forces
14Tağmaç, MemduhGeneral
Memduh Tağmaç
(1904–1978)
16 March 196929 August 19723 years, 166 days  Ground Forces
15Gürler, FarukGeneral
Faruk Gürler
(1913–1975)
29 August 19726 March 1973250 days  Ground Forces
16Sancar, SemihGeneral
Semih Sancar
(1911–1984)
6 March 19737 March 19785 years, 1 day  Ground Forces
17Evren, KenanGeneral
Kenan Evren
(1917–2015)
7 March 19781 July 19835 years, 55 days  Ground Forces
18Ersin, NurettinGeneral
Nurettin Ersin
(1918–2005)
1 July 19836 December 1983158 days  Ground Forces
19Üruğ, NecdetGeneral
Necdet Üruğ
(1921–2021)
6 December 19832 July 19873 years, 208 days  Ground Forces
20Torumtay, NecipGeneral
Necip Torumtay
(1926–2011)
[c]
24 July 19873 December 19903 years, 132 days  Ground Forces
21Güreş, DoğanGeneral
Doğan Güreş
(1926–2014)
6 December 199030 August 19943 years, 267 days  Ground Forces
22Karadayı, İsmail HakkıGeneral
İsmail Hakkı Karadayı
(1932–2020)
30 August 199430 August 19984 years  Ground Forces
23Kıvrıkoğlu, HüseyinGeneral
Hüseyin Kıvrıkoğlu
(born 1934)
30 August 199828 August 20023 years, 363 days  Ground Forces
24Özkök, HilmiGeneral
Hilmi Özkök
(born 1940)
28 August 200230 August 20064 years, 2 days  Ground Forces
25Büyükanıt, YaşarGeneral
Yaşar Büyükanıt
(1940–2019)
30 August 200630 August 20082 years  Ground Forces
26Başbuğ, İlkerGeneral
İlker Başbuğ
(born 1943)
30 August 200830 August 20102 years  Ground Forces
27Koşaner, IşıkGeneral
Işık Koşaner
(born 1945)
30 August 201029 July 2011333 days  Ground Forces
28Özel, NecdetGeneral
Necdet Özel
(born 1950)
30 July 201118 August 20154 years, 19 days  Ground Forces
29Akar, HulusiGeneral
Hulusi Akar
(born 1952)
18 August 201510 July 20182 years, 326 days  Ground Forces
Dündar, ÜmitGeneral
Ümit Dündar
(born 1955)
Acting
[d]
15 July 201616 July 20161 day  Ground Forces
30Güler, YaşarGeneral
Yaşar Güler
(born 1954)
10 July 2018Incumbent3 years, 62 days*  Ground Forces

* Incumbent's time in office last updated: 10 September 2021.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Minister of General Staff.
  2. ^ Minister of General Staff until 6 March 1924.
  3. ^ Torumtay resigned due to strong opposition to President Turgut Özal's stance in favor of joining the Coalition in the Gulf War against Iraq.
  4. ^ Dündar served as Acting Chief of the General Staff during the 2016 coup d'état attempt, while Akar was being held hostage by coup forces.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Turkey's Erdogan appoints new military chief after presidential swearing-in". Xinhua News Agency. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2020.

SourcesEdit