Retirement for officers is not exactly what the term conveys. You don't retire from active service. You don't retire from officership. I see retirement as a gift to faithful officers who are freed to pursue the service of God on their own terms and to balance the later years with appropriate personal levels of effort.
The retired officers are a valuable asset in the territory. On a regular basis, they soldier with integrity and are available to fill in for officer roles when the need presents itself. They are great Salvos. Hallelujah!
Next time you see a retired officer, tell them how much we need them and how we thank God for them.
Matthew 25:21 (NIV)
21 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'