On Monday Morning we attended a passing out ceremony at the Sattahip Navy Base for recruits who have completed 2 years compulsory military service.
Here in Thailand all Thai Men aged 20 must take part in a lottery for national service. Each man must train with the Royal Thai Navy, Royal Thai Air Force or Royal Thai Army. However if there are no positions available then they become exempt from National Service. Also those who are currently studying can delay their national service until they complete their studies.
The recruits who have completed the 2 years of service and have decided not to continue with a career in the Military are now free to leave. The current group of 103 recruits will officially leave the service on 1st May and were presented with certificates and badges to remind them of their time in the Royal Thai Navy.
For their superiors it is hoped they will learn from their experience and use knowledge gained during the 2 years of service in their futures lives and employment.