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:: Well Wishes ::

:: Well Wishes ::

Some anonymous well-wisher sent me this article, and wrote:
"Glad that you leave this org! Good Luck!"

Warrant officer asked to retire 5 years earlier
Tue, Nov 06, 2007
The Straits Times

I WAS a regular serviceman in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). I served a total of 32 years, comprising full-time national service, reservist and regular service, from 1974-2006.

I was one of more than 200 regular servicemen and women in the Army who were notified in May last year that we would be given Special Early Transition. Some of the reasons cited included difficulty in offering us 'suitable jobs' in the long run, restructuring and possible 'stagnation'. We were given only six months to transit.

Having attained the rank of a warrant officer in 2001, it meant that I was able to serve till the compulsory retirement age (CRA) of 55. I transitted last November after just turning 50, five years short of the CRA.

The Control of Personnel Centre announced that we were not under-performers. I was still PES 'B' and I received my performance bonuses annually without fail. I had also met all other requirements, i.e., Individual Physical Proficiency Tests, Annual Trainfire Programme, Body Mass Index, and Annual Proficiency Knowledge Test.

I also did not have any discipline or medical problems. The latter meant that I was still combat fit and still deployable. There are some who have not conformed to one or more of these requirements and yet are still serving in the organisation.

Till today, I am still somewhat in a state of depression at how the organisation had overlooked all my years of loyal and dedicated service.

The SAF Management Philosophy states:

'The SAF is concerned with the well-being of its people and their families, the SAF values its people, looks after them and their families so that they can give wholehearted attention to their assigned duties.'

The Defence Minister himself said last year:

'Every soldier is precious to us. Every national serviceman, every operationally ready national serviceman, every regular who serves with us is a precious and valuable person.'

The organisation failed to honour its word to allow me and many others to serve till the CRA of 55. I have a wife and two young children still attending school.

Second Warrant Officer (Retired)
Henry Minjoot

Perilous is when we do not know we do not know.
Like Kobe cattle feasting on sake and whey.


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this is so contradicting...at one point you want ppl to work until 85 yrs old but on the other hand you sack ppl that are well and young enough to work! >:(

come to think abt it .. a real sad state of affairs for them but its both the organisation and the men fault. not preparing them for the outside world.

had a discussion wif my colleagues today on this forum letter.

such is the irony of the iron rice bowl, methinks.


good that u ve done something to prevent this tradegy happening to u one day. :)

man. that was a depressing thing to see.

haha... finally!
Tsk.. thought you would have long ago... i was starting to wonder if you were masochistic or senseless. :P
so still heading for the alps?

ski trip when where how much?

if south hemisphere will most prob be next june/ july or sometime during the southern winter... North will be ... japan?

japan would be expensive.
i think the cheapest skiing destination will be Korea.
but cos my new job starts in December i think i will have to wait for a while.

eh... new job in wat?
so november is for nuahing ah? haha.. lucky u..
i need a new job too!!!.. time for me to be a free man too!:P

I have worked with this 2WO when I was still serving NS. He was a good WO who put others before himself and never fail to humour me with his witty comments.

He told me that he might have to be forced to leave Army soon. I didn't realise it's that soon.

sad indeed.
today there was a reply on the papers by COL Darius Lim, on this matter.

Oh dear, so much for the job stability factor. Haven't seen ya in a while too! Catch up soon!

Sure sure!
I see your profile 'everywhere'!


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