Today I received confirmation of my imminent retirement from active reservist duty. Technically I am placed into a status called “MIDFEF RESERVE”, what does that really mean I really have no idea.
A couple of things for sure:
- No more Physical fitness test every year (though I pick up $200 each time)
- No need to inform the army if my overseas trip is >15 days. That can be a chore, if you are planning for a long trip and forgot to inform. It can lead to a financial penalty and possibly military court marshal!
- Lastly and not the least, no more call ups to service between 1-3 weeks of service in uniform and staying in the barracks!
However, up to 50 years of age I remain liable and still have to apply for permission to go abroad for more than 6 months… Well, along with this “status” comes a Swiss military watch with my name and rank engraved on the back. Plus I get a service medal, collar pin and a certificate to boot.
Ok, probably a few hundred thousand Singapore reservists have obtained this already well ahead of me. But I never thought that I could get to this stage, having been abroad for nearly 8 years during which the army could not call me up.
As I look back at the times spent at various call-ups, you can get a nostalgic feeling about roughing it out in the elements away from home and far from amenities that one takes for granted at home or when back to “civilization”. It is certainly no “holiday camp” as some would call it. I am an infantryman thus I walk, a lot that is. Sometimes they put us in a chopper just to send us further so that we can…walk. Nice memories to recall now with a laugh, not when you are living it.
Anyway, as of 31st March of this year, it is time to “hang up the boots” as they say and move on to being a senior citizen now that I am really at that age band when I got the “boot” from the army. Wahahaha!
Now I can truly concentrate on traveling the world. Ok world, here we come!