All 18 year old Turkish males have to serve out 18 months in the Turkish Army. If you are going to college they will delay your service until you graduate and then you will serve as an officer. If you happen to live and work outside the country they will do their damnest to make your life a bit more difficult coming and going. I haven't lived there since I was 15 but it still is a pain in my Turks have a proud tradition of military service. They have been fighting wars ever since they have known themselves. Everyone serves, so its something all men share in common. Yet, the Army's goal is to have a "professional army" like US, not a draft one. Even though they have millions of bodies to put at the line at any time, that will have a lot of logistical and other issues. My real brother, who was kind of a jock growing up, very athletic and never got sick, he served as a private even though he had a college degree, so they halved his time to 9 months. They do this because there are too many to qualify as officers. Anyway, he spent over a month in the hospital and the rest of the time he was questioning everything he has ever learned. This is even with my family pulling strings to have him stationed at some of the most posh places he could have served. Not the Iraq, Iran, Syria border where he would have been shot at everyday. Most of my childhood friends had one word for me "avoid it at all costs, not worth your time or your life". So, in a country surrounded by enemies and a proud warrior tradition, forced military service causes this much trauma for young men, what do you think will happen to American kids forced to fight oil wars thousands of miles away from home? Honestly, if it comes up as an election issue I will vote against it.