YANGON, Myanmar - According to military sources, Myanmar's military increasingly depends on retired soldiers to recharge its batteries as months of conflict take a toll on personnel and the recruitment process.
According to one ex-soldier who retired in 2012, the regime has begun offering incentives to former military personnel to return to uniform to boost its power in the most troubled regions.
According to the soldier who spoke on the condition of anonymity, retired soldiers willing to return to active duty have been assured their former rank and pay, in addition to their pensions, in exchange for returning to duty.
At least 50 retired soldiers have already been redeployed in Sagaing Region's Katha Township as part of the Junta's push to reclaim the territory.
However, not everyone is eligible for the deal. Even ex-soldiers in their sixties are welcome to return to the ranks, he continued, but only those faithful to the regime.