The hierarchy, representation and employment of the Turkish
Armed Forces within Turkish State organization have been
regulated by the Constitution. According to the Constitution;
The office of Commander in Chief is represented in the
spiritual entity of Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA).
The Chief of General Staft is appointed by the President as
the Armed Forces and is responsible
to Prime Minister. The Council of Ministers is responsible
to Turkish Grand National Assembly for national security and
the preparation of the Armed Forces to defend the country.
However, authority to declare a state of war and send
Turkish Armed Forces to foreign countries or allow foreign
armed forces to be stationed in Turkey rests with Turkish
Grand National Assembly.
Chief of the Turkish General Staff is responsible to the
Prime Minister and is charged with the overall command and
control of the Turkish Armed Forces. He is also responsible
- Conducting the military operations effectively
- The operational readiness of Turkish Armed Forces
The commanders of the three services (Iand, naval, air)
report directly to the Chief of the Turkish General Staff.
Turkish General Staff and the Ministry of National Defense
work in close ,,,': coordination and cooperation to fulfill
their respective responsibilities. The General Command of
Gendarmerie and the Coast Guard Command, as a part of the
intemal security forces, are affiliated with the Ministry of
Interior Affairs at peacetime; whereas at war-time, they
fall under Land Forces Command and Naval Forces Command,