PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday gave solemn words of advice to soon-to-be retirees like himself, including staying mentally alert to prevent senility.
"It's a good chance for retirees go back to be with their families, stay healthy and they should constantly sharpen their minds to avoid Alzheimer's," Prayut said.
The outgoing chief was presiding over a grand farewell ceremony arranged by the infantry for him and some 80 other officers who will leave the service at the end of this month.
Also attending the ceremony in Prachuap Khiri Khan were General Surasak Kanjanarat, permanent secretary of the Defence Ministry, and other senior officers and former commanders.
The infantry arranged five battalions with 930 soldiers to parade for Prayut and 89 other retiring soldiers.
Prayut said he would miss those who had lost their lives serving the Army. He said he knew that this day would come from the time he was an active soldier, and for the rest of his life he would remain an infantryman.
Honour and dignity must be preserved by the military. If there are any officers disgracing the Armed Forces, he would not tolerate them even though he is retiring, he said. He would still keep a close eye on developments in the Army, he added.
As for the government, his administration is facing many problems although the difficult days are over. He would do his best to solve society's problems without expecting personal rewards, he said.
He vowed to control graft, sying the mistakes of the past government would not be repeated. He also urged academics to not be too demanding.