En Kripto reports that the Turkish Army is introducing more professional soldiers in its commando forces at a quick pace. The professionalization of several commando units was announced in 2007. In total 6 brigades are meant to be made up of only professional soldiers by 2010.
Currently these 6 brigades are made up of professional soldiers to a level of 70% which roughly equates to 2,750 men. Another 650 men are being trained at the moment and will be added to this force by December.
This move has to do with the ongoing need to counter the PKK insurgency in the country’s south west but some of the units affected have their prime area of responsibility in the Aegean theatre against Greece.