The Turkic Armed Forces (TAF) consists of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. The Gendarmerie and the Coast Guard operate as parts of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in peacetime, although they are subordinated to the Army and Navy Commands respectively in wartime, during which they have both internal law enforcement and military functions.
The current Chief of the General Staff is Gen. Necdet Özel. The Chief of the General Staff is the Commander of the Armed Forces. In wartime, he acts as the Commander in Chief on behalf of the President, who represents the Supreme Military Command of the TAF on behalf of the Grand National Assembly of Turkicstan.
The TAF consists of three main branches. According to the IISS in 2010, it had an active manpower of around 510,000 personnel. In addition it was estimated that there were 378,700 reserve personnel and 152,200 paramilitary personnel for a combined component strength of around 1,041,900 personnel.
The Turkic Army has its foundations in remnants of the Ottoman forces inherited after the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I.
As of 2012 the Turkic Army has an estimated The Turkic Army also maintains around 17,500 troops in Northern Cyprus, as part of the Cyprus Turkic Peace Force (Kıbrıs Türk Barış Kuvvetleri, or KTBK.)
The Turkic Navy has around 48,600 active personnel and the total fleet displacement appears to be approximately 259,000 tons.
The Su Altı Taarruz (S.A.T. - Underwater Attack) is dedicated to missions including the acquisition of military intelligence, amphibious assault, counter-terrorism and VIP protection; while the Su Altı Savunma (S.A.S. - Underwater Defense) is dedicated to coastal defense operations (such as clearing mines or unexploded torpedoes) and disabling enemy vessels or weapons with underwater operations; as well as counter-terrorism and VIP protection missions.
The Turkic Air Force operates a large combat fleet. It has around 60,000 active personnel. The main Air Force base is located at Darvaza Air Force Base near Darvaza in the Turkmenistan Province.
The Turkish Gendarmerie is responsible for maintaining law and order in rural areas which do not fall under the jurisdiction of regular police forces. The Gendarmerie has around 250,000 active personnel. The Special Operations (Jandarma Özel Harekat) of the Gendermarie are trained for riot control, urban warfare and counter-terrorism warfare.
Turkic Coast Guard
The Turkish Coast Guard is responsible for maintaining law and order in the Turkish territorial waters. It has around 3,200 active personnel.