AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF LT GEN TA LAGBAJA PLEADING FOR SPECIAL PROMOTION PACKAGE FOR SENIOR SOLDIERS WHO HAVE MISSED PROMOTION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NIGERIAN ARMY.
I hope this letter finds you in good health and high spirits. I am writing to propose a special initiative that reflects deep appreciation for the commitment and dedication shown by our senior soldiers who are nearing retirement but have missed out on promotion opportunities over the years.
Our armed forces are built upon the pillars of discipline, sacrifice, and unity. It owes a great deal of our success to the contributions of soldiers who have served faithfully for many years, regardless of the challenges they may have faced. These individuals have demonstrated their loyalty and unwavering commitment, often at the expense of personal and family sacrifices.
Some of these remarkable soldiers, despite their commendable service records, have missed out on promotion opportunities due to various reasons. As they approach retirement, I believe it would be a fitting tribute to their dedication and a gesture of its gratitude to offer them a special promotion.
As per the harmonized terms and conditions of service for Nigerian soldiers, an individual must serve for a minimum of 25 years before being eligible for the warrant officer rank. However, at present, many senior soldiers have been in service for as long as 33 years but remain at the rank of either Sergeants or Staff Sergeants as they approach their retirement.
Considering this, I am writing to request your assistance in using your esteemed position to elevate these distinguished senior soldiers. These personnel, who have dedicated 30 years or more to their service, possess an unblemished record and do not have any pending cases, should be considered for promotion to the rank of Warrant Officers.
This promotion wouldn’t merely be symbolic; it would serve as a testament to their invaluable contributions and would recognize their exceptional skills and experience. It is also an opportunity to send a powerful message to our entire armed forces, highlighting the importance of honoring and rewarding those who have served selflessly.
I understand that promotions are usually based on merit and fulfillment of certain criteria which some of these soldiers possessed, but unfortunately caught up by some circumstances, but in this unique situation, I urge you to consider the overall service and dedication of these individuals. Their sacrifices and commitment should be acknowledged as they’re counting down to their retirement from active service.
I am aware that administrative processes can be complex, and resources may be limited. However, I believe that this gesture would send a strong message about your commitment to your soldiers’ well-being and morale. It would also encourage a culture of appreciation and recognition within the ranks.
I kindly request that you consider this proposal and explore the feasibility of implementing this special promotion opportunity for those soldiers. It would not only be a meaningful parting gift but also a way to strengthen the bond between our armed forces and the soldiers who have dedicated their lives to its service.
Thank you and may God bless you sincerely.
Your Obedient Soldier.