The Turkish Land Forces is the army of the Turkish Armed Forces. It is one of the largest armies in the world, and the second largest army in NATO.
The Army holds the pre-eminent place within the Armed Forces. Alongside the other two armed services, it has frequently been involved in Turkish politics, which has now been regulated to an extent with the reform of the National Security Council. It is customary for the Chief of the Turkish General Staff to have been Army commander prior to his appointment as Turkey's senior ranking officer. The current Army commander is General Erdal Ceylanoğlu.
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