General Yaşar BÜYÜKANIT, the 25th Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces, was born in İstanbul in 1940. He graduated from the Military Academy in 1961 as an infantry officer. After Graduating from the Infantry School in 1963, he served in different units of the Land Forces as Platoon and Commando Company Commander until 1970.
Following his graduation from the Army Staff College in 1972, he served as the Chief of Operations at 6th Infantry Division, as an instructor at Army Staff College, as Intelligence Division Basic Intelligence Branch Forces and Systems Section Chief at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons/Belgium, as the Section and then Branch Chief of General-Admiral Branch at Turkish General Staff (TGS) Headquarters, as the Commander of Kuleli Military High School and of the Presidential Guard Regiment.
After graduating from NATO Defence College, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 1988. He served as the 2nd Armored Brigade Commander and then as the Chief of Intelligence Department at AFSOUTH HQs in Naples, Italy.
Having been promoted to rank of Major General in 1992, General BÜYÜKANIT served as the Secretary General of Turkish General Staff and then as the Superintendent of the Turkish Army Academy. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in 1996 and served as the 7th Army Corps Commander till 1998, after which he became the Chief of Operations of the TGS.
In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of General and served as the Deputy Chief of TGS till 2003. Then he served as the Commander of the First Army. General BÜYÜKANIT was appointed as the Commander of the Land Forces in 2004. He assumed the Command of the Turkish Armed Forces in 30 August 2006.
His decorations include, Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) Medal of Distinguished Service, TAF Medal of Distinguished Courage and Self-Sacrifice, TAF Medal of Honor, Italian Medal of Honor, USA Legion of Merit and Pakistani Nishan-ı Imtiaz.
He is married to Mrs. Filiz BÜYÜKANIT and they have a daughter. General BÜYÜKANIT speaks English as a foreign language.