After 35 years of active service to the country, the military at the weekend retired 756 senior Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs).
It advised them to remain good ambassadors of the Armed Forces.
The soldiers were disengaged from military service with fanfare at the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC) in Oshodi, Lagos.
They had undergone a three-month pre-retirement training which prepared them for their return to civil life.
Also, 25 Generals who were enrolled for Senior/Mid-Level Officers Entrepreneurship and Management Course at NAFRC graduated last Friday.
Thanking them for their selfless services to the country, President Muhammadu Buhari admonished them to be mindful of the challenges associated with post-military career.
The President, who was represented by Defence Minister, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd.), urged them to stay proactive in order to overcome challenges that come with retirement, such as inadequate resources, misuse of retirement benefits, negative influences from friends and family members, poor health management, among others.
“It is also risky to embark on a new life style that is above your means or engage in non-lucrative ventures, neither should you also abstain from physical exercises.
“I am sure that your training here has exposed you to several vocational opportunities, entrepreneurship procedures and general management skills to assist you alleviate the above mentioned pitfalls.