General Yaşar Güler
Chief of Defence – Turkey
General Yaşar GÜLER graduated from the Army Academy with the rank of Second Lieutenant in 1974 and from Signal Corps School in 1975.
Having served as the Signaling Platoon and Company Commander at various units between the years of 1975 and 1984, General GÜLER graduated from the Army War College in 1986 and from the Armed Forces College in 1988.
As staff officer, he served as the Chief of Operations at the Internal Regional Command between 1986 and 1988, as the Planning Officer at the Evaluation and Inspection Division of the Army between 1988 and 1991, as the Chief of the Operations and Training Branch at the 12th Infantry Division between 1991 and 1992, as the Internal Security Battalion Commander between 1992 and 1994 in Silopi, as the Turkish Deputy Brigade Commander in Bosnia-Herzegovina between 1994 and 1995, as the Project Officer at the Office of Military Senior Counsellor of the Presidency between 1995 and 1997, as the Deputy Chief of Signals at the NATO Regional Command South situated in Napoli/Italy between 1997 and 1999, as the Commander of the Partnership for Peace Training Center Command between 1999 and 2000, as the Chief of the Exercise Branch of the Turkish General Staff between 2000 and 2001 and he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 2001.
As Brigadier General, he served as the 10th Infantry Brigade Commander between the years of 2001 and 2003, as the Chief of the Communications, Electronics and Information Systems Plan and Coordination Department of the Turkish General Staff between 2003 and 2005 and was promoted to the rank of Major General in 2005.
As Major General, he served as the Commander of the Communications, Electronics and Information Systems School and Training Center Command between 2005 and 2007 and as the Head of Training Department of the Turkish General Staff between 2007 and 2009 and he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in 2009.
As Lieutenant General, he served as the Commander of General Command of Mapping between 2009 and 2010, as the Commander of the 4th Corps between 2010 and 2011, as the Chief of the Intelligence of the Turkish General Staff between 2011 and 2013.
He was promoted to the rank of General in 2013. Prior to assuming his current post as the Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces on 09 July 2018, he carried out his duty as the Deputy Chief of Turkish General Staff from 2013 to 2016, commanded the General Commander of Gendarmerie between 2016 and 2017 and assumed the command of the Chief of the Army between 2017 and 2018.
General Yaşar GÜLER is married to Mrs. Demet GÜLER with one child and two grandchildren. He is fluent in English.