Why are non-general Army Officers being left alone without a second career planning?

The following is a Facebook post by  Segaran Thangavelow:

Today I saw a retired Master Warrant Officer (MWO.. For those who are not familiar with the ranking, he’s just 2 ranks below the highest rank of Chief Warrant Officer or CWO in the WOSpec Corp) driving a taxi… Not that driving a taxi is any degrading job. It’s also a noble and decent way of putting bread on the table…

What amuses me is that this MWO who was and still is a very dedicated and highly decorated soldier from an elite unit, couldn’t be utilised for his immense treasure of knowledge and experience by his former employer.

Why can’t he be deployed in areas that are suitable, keeping in mind of his age and physical ability to tap into his resources? Or posting to other ministries where he can contribute to benefit the younger generation?

Why a true blue soldier like him and many others who enlisted themselves in the forces as a teenager and spend their entire life upholding the core values of the forces being left alone without a second career planning?

It is indeed a heart wrenching sight to see old but functional soldiers who trained hard and sacrificed their entire youth, only to take up 2nd career jobs that they were never trained or equipped to do.

So the next time you see a taxi uncle, Please do not underestimate him. U never know what he was before… For he had trained to kill just to keep you and your family safe.

Salute to All esteemed Enciks for your sacrifice and contribution to keep our shores clean. 1 fact remain is most of you will report at a moments notice as you are Once a Soldier, Always a Soldier… FH&G!


7 thoughts on “Why are non-general Army Officers being left alone without a second career planning?

  1. Because the government values paper generals. You know la, Singaporeans perceive prestige, only like to support the winning team. The officer status is seen as prestigious, warrant officers as not.

    Some of you are also guilty of this.


  2. Oh boy this is going to be fun, I’m already having to ponder where to begin.

    “Dedicated and highly decorated”. Here’s the thing that a lot of officers and wospecs don’t fully grasp: your rank means jack shit outside the SAF. Your rank tells me you’ve served for a long time (read: retired), during which you certainly por-ed and wayang-ed your fair share. Don’t insult either of us by denying the suck-up culture that forms the backbone of the SAF.

    “Immense treasure of knowledge and experience”…of what exactly? If I was running a private militia I could see where your skills would be valuable but for blue/white collar jobs, who are you kidding exactly? If I wanted someone to suck up to me what would make me pick you over people who’ve been with the company for years and worked their way up? For the most part, the only experience officers and especially warrant officers have is in aggressive dictatorship and just being a plain power-tripping asshole.

    “Tap into his resources”. Again, what resources? His network of like-minded, rigid, brain-dead, rule following fellow psychopaths or spandex-clad cycling and fishing buddies? Anyone who has spent more than a day in that organization knows how regulation so thoroughly permeates every level of its hierarchy. Regulation on it’s own isn’t a bad thing, but when enforced in a manner that constantly galvanizes the mantra of mindless, uncompromising obedience, unquestionable command and universally hostile response to any poor sod who even dares to step out of line – do you think I’d want to touch anyone who has spent his entire career in such an organization with a ten foot pole?

    “Contribute to benefit the younger generation”. As above, he probably has traumatized and destroyed the free spirit and creativity of more than a few youngsters. I wouldn’t recommend a warrant officer of all people if we’re talking about influencing the next generation of Singaporeans.

    “Spend their entire life upholding the core values of the forces”. Exactly that. And just that. Rephrased, you’ve spent your entire life following a bunch of rules some of which are painfully inane and borderline ridiculous. For the uninitiated, they are; loyalty to country, leadership, discipline, professionalism, ethics, fighting spirit, care for soldiers and safety. Of these, can you tell me with a straight face that all of them apply in the civilian world? Ethics; a universally valued trait, and yet I can tell you from first hand experience I have seen these people deliberately organize more “happy hours” complete with catering service in the closing months of a work year. Why? Because if they didn’t spend that money (read: taxpayers’), their budget might get cut. Enough said.

    I’m not saying every warrant officer in the SAF are unhinged, soulless subhuman scum, but having done my time as a regular man, my personal experiences with most members from this spectrum of society have only served to reinforce these beliefs about the SAF’s culture time and again. They are not hearsay, they are not rumors. There’s a running gag that says people who “cannot make it” sign on instead, but it’s really the truth. They knew what they were getting into, and they knew their career prospects when they get kicked out.

    Today I run a small business with a handful of employees. No former militaryman has ever played a part in our history, but if I ever need someone be it an employee or contractor he will certainly not be on the shortlist.

    WOSCab driver? No sympathy.


    • Well you sound Super salty. Many people I know who sign on/plan to sign on are brilliant, smart men. And it’s because of the Defence we have that deters countries from attacking us. So if you’re not appreciative of it the least you can do is shut your mouth.


  3. “What amuses me is that this MWO who was and still is a very dedicated and highly decorated soldier from an elite unit, couldn’t be utilized for his immense treasure of knowledge and experience by his former employer.”

    With his “immense treasure of knowledge and experience” I think he wouldn’t have much problem finding a job outside SAF, don’t you? Oh wait, he can’t, and it tells you something about the economic value of the experience he holds. Other than vague statements of how good you think he is, you haven’t cited anything he might have done better than any other common person.

    You mentioned posting him to “other ministries where he can contribute to benefit the younger generation”. Tell me exactly which ministries he should be posted to and how he would have the upper edge over other people? The thing is that the skills you acquire in army doesn’t really translate well to the real world – if it did then you wouldn’t have so many Enciks finding themselves out of a job after they retire. With their age and skill set, they are not suitable candidates for many positions. Giving them a job in other ministries “for loyalty’s sake” wouldn’t be economically viable or will it be feasible. As someone above said, please think harder – especially when you think things should be done differently.


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