SIBU, Aug 28 (Bernama) -- The military is now considered a career of choice among Malaysians, Chief of Army Gen Datuk Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said.
He said this was evident from the overwhelming response to its many recruitment drives nationwide.
"Many of the applicants, if they are unsuccessful in their first attempt, will not hesitate to go for a second or third attempt.
"Even retired military personnel are now encouraging their children to join the force," he said.
Zulkifeli was speaking at a breaking-of-the-fast with officers and personnel of the Third Royal Rangers Regiment of the Ulu Oya Camp and the Ninth Brigade at the Rascom Camp near here last night.
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Zulkifeli, accompanied by Army Field Commander Lt Gen Datuk Ahmad Hasbullah Mohd Nawawi and Region Two Military Commander Maj Gen Datuk Awie Suboh, had earlier declared open the RM1.2-million Masjid Al-Hidayat at the Oya camp.
Zulkifeli attributed the popularity of a career in the military to the efforts taken by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when he was the defence minister.
"He has come up with and introduced a better salary scheme, perks and other privileges. Now the profession offers a promising and rewarding future," he said.
On another matter, Zulkifeli said there were still three areas of great concern to the military leadership involving its personnel, namely road accidents, drug abuse and a spendthrift habit.
p/s : It is good to know that people especially youngsters would sign up in the armed forces, aside form getting involved in 'rempit'ing, drug abuse, free sex and etc. Serves your country and be proud of the hardship you will endure.