He is the younger brother of Lt. General M. Nuri Berköz. He was born in Sheki in 1895. After immigrating to Turkey with his family in early twentieth century, he studied in the Bursa Military High School with his brother and later graduated from the Ottoman Military Academy (Harbiye) in Istanbul as an artillery officer. Over his military career, he held many important positions in the Turkish land forces. Besides being the commander of the Third Army (responsible of the eastern parts of Turkey) in forties, he also served as the Undersecretary of The Ministry of National Defense.