Allan James not keen to retire yet

YESTERDAY'S Anzac march could be Service Warrant Officer Class Two Allan James' last spent in uniform.

Compulsory retirement from the army at the age of 60 means Officer James, who appeared as the Service Representative at yesterday's Anzac Citizen's Meeting in Memorial Park, will be saying farewelling to the armed forces at the end of April next year.

However, Officer James, who spoke of the formation of Australia's identity through the Anzac spirit at yesterday's event, said he was hoping to scrape in one last Anzac Day while in service, as he will still be 59 on April 25, 2014 - but only just, with his birthday on April 28.

While Officer James, who is currently posted at Camp Kerr, said he would look towards a civilian career in management after the military, if he had a choice he'd stay exactly where he was.

Having spent time serving in New Zealand and Hawaii, Kapooka, NSW (he was actually born in a military base there as well) and Enoggera, he's certainly done his share of travelling.

However his wife Trish said life in a defence force family had been good to her and her children. Officer James, who helps facilitate training for deployment, shares the same passion for the job after 31 years in service and said he hopes to see out the end of a $100 million land project at Wide Bay before his retirement.

Gympie Times


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