They already have the largest army in the region. The largest muslim army. They have the 2nd largest army in NATO and their army is larger than France, German and Britian's combined. They have no enemies that are ready to invade. Yep that includes there MAJOR trading partner Israel (Trade between Israeli farms, Turkey booming amid diplomatic tensions)! They are under no threat of invasion. The Kurdish Freedom Fighters are a nusiance, but not close to anything that could take down the country or even a small city. They are boys with Iran! So in reality there is no DEFENSIVE reason to double the size of an already ginoreous army! Jew haters will of course say to threats by Israel or for the coming invasion and destruction of Israel. But I am not so sure. Trade is thriving between the two nations. If Ankara wanted an excuse to go to war with Israel they had it with the flotilla episode. Not to mention Ankara is preventing future flotillas. So what is the reason for this?