List of Chiefs of the Turkish General Staff

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This list includes Chiefs of the General Staff of the Republic of Turkey (Turkish: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Genelkurmay Başkanı).

No. Name Portrait Birth–Death Rank Term of Office Graduation year
Turkish Military Academy
Ottoman / Turkish
staff college
Start End
1 İsmet İnönü
Minister of the Chief of the General Staff
(Erkân-ı Harbiye-i Umumiye Reis Vekili)
Inonu Ismet.jpg 1884–1973 Mirliva
(General)
3 May 1920 3 August 1921 Top. 1319 (1903)-1
1906 (59th class)
2 Fevzi Çakmak Fevzi cakmak.png 1876–1950 Mareşal
(Field marshal)
5 August 1921 12 January 1944 P. 1311 (1895)-c-7
1898 (51st class)
3 Kâzım Orbay Mehmet Kazim Orbay.jpg 1887–1964 General 12 January 1944 30 July 1946 Top. 1320 (1904)-1
1907 (60th class)
4 Salih Omurtak No image.png 1889–1954 General 1 August 1946 8 June 1949 P. 1323 (1907)-1
1910 (63rd class)
5 Abdurrahman Nafiz Gürman ANGurman.jpg 1882–6 February 1966 General 10 June 1949 6 June 1950 P. 1319 (1903)-5
1906 (59th class)
6 Nuri Yamut No image.png 1890–1961 General 5 June 1950 10 April 1954 P. 1324 (1908)-27
1920 (67th class)
7 Nurettin Baransel No image.png 1897–1967 General 28 May 1954 25 August 1955 P. 1328 (1912)-b-84
1925 (69th class)
8 İsmail Hakkı Tunaboylu No image.png 1895–1958 General 25 August 1955 10 October 1957 Top. 1330 (1914)-c-3
1927 (71st class)
9 Feyzi Mengüç No image.png 1896–1966 General 11 October 1957 22 August 1958 İs. 1330 (1914)-c-39
1925 (69th class)
10 Rüştü Erdelhun No image.png 1894–1983 General 23 August 1958 27 May 1960 Top. 1330 (1914)-b-10
1926 (70th class)
11 Ragıp Gümüşpala No image.png 1897–1964 General 3 June 1960 4 August 1960 P. 1333 (1917)-92
1934 (78th class)
12 Cevdet Sunay Cevdet Sunay 1972.jpg 1899–1982 General 4 August 1960 16 March 1966 Top. 1334 (1918)-N-6
1930 (74th class)
13 Cemal Tural No image.png 1905–1981 General 16 March 1966 16 March 1969 P. 1341 (1925)-12
1933 (77th class)
14 Memduh Tağmaç No image.png 1904–1978 General 16 March 1969 29 August 1972 Top. 1928-1
1938 (82nd class)
15 Faruk Gürler No image.png 1913–1975 General 29 August 1972 6 March 1973 Top. 1931-13
1942 (86th class)
16 Semih Sancar No image.png 1911–1984 General 6 March 1973 7 March 1978 Top. 1932-8
1942 (86th class)
17 Kenan Evren Kenan Evren.jpg 1917–2015 General 7 March 1978 1 July 1983 Top. 1938-50
1949 (93rd class)
18 Nurettin Ersin No image.png 1918–2005 General 1 July 1983 6 December 1983 P. 1937-88
1948 (92nd class)
19 Necdet Üruğ No image.png 1921 General 6 December 1983
2 July 1987
Top. 1941-30
1950 (95th class)
20 Necip Torumtay No image.png 1926–2011 General 24 July 1987 3 December 1990
(resigned)
Top. 1944-9
1954 (96th class)
21 Doğan Güreş No image.png 1926–2014 General 6 December 1990 30 August 1994 P. 1947-Nk.-2
1965 (107th class)
22 İsmail Hakkı Karadayı No image.png 1932– General 30 August 1994 30 August 1998 Top. 1951-67
1963 (105th class)
23 Hüseyin Kıvrıkoğlu No image.png 1934– General 30 August 1998 28 August 2002 Top. 1955-3
1967 (109th class)
24 Hilmi Özkök No image.png 1940– General 28 August 2002 30 August 2006 Top. 1959-1
1972 (114th class)
25 Yaşar Büyükanıt Yaşar Büyükanıt cropped.jpg 1940– General 30 August 2006 30 August 2008 P. 1961-2
1972 (114th class)
26 İlker Başbuğ Ilker Basbug.jpg 1943– General 30 August 2008 30 August 2010 P. 1962-2
1973 (115th class)
27 Işık Koşaner No image.png 1945– General 30 August 2010 29 July 2011 P. 1965-3
1978 (120th class)
28 Necdet Özel Necdet Özel cropped.jpg 1950– General 30 July 2011 18 August 2015 P. 1969-1
1978 (120th class)
29 Hulusi Akar Hulusi Akar (cropped version).jpg 1952– General 18 August 2015 Incumbent P. 1972-1
1982 (124th class)

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