Soldiers say goodbye to military life

Updated 2017-09-11 15:00:36 chinadaily.com.cn

In early September, a number of Armed Police Force soldiers finished their military service and left the army where they lived for two years or more.

"This is the outfit that I have been in for the most times in my life so far. Every time I stand guard, I put it on. Every time after I wash it, I iron it till I see no wrinkles. Because in my heart, it represents the image of a soldier.This is the last time I will wear it," said Nie Weimin, 20, from Muyang, Jiangsu province, one of the retiring soldiers this year.

The military days become the most unforgettable part of their lives, which will always have a positive impact on the future, Nie said.

Zhang Xuecheng, 22, from Handan, Hebei province. (Photo:chinadaily.com.cn/Yan Dongjie)

"The locker has accompanied me for two years, from when I first came to the army, till now when I'm retiring as a private first class. Spring, summer, autum and then winter, time flies.

"I'm leaving the army. I'll remember and respect everything that I experienced.

Chen Kailong, 20, from Datong, Shanxi province. (Photo:chinadaily.com.cn/Yan Dongjie)
Chen Kailong, 20, from Datong, Shanxi province. (Photo:chinadaily.com.cn/Yan Dongjie)

"It's been two years. Maybe it's the last time I'll put the army cap on. I never paid attention to the details like this before I came here. I never knew what they meant when people said it's a great honor to be a soldier. But during my days here, details are what fulfill my life. To take the cap as an example, the emblem on it reminds me every minute that I'm a soldier, and that I have responsibilities on my shoulders."

Zhang Xuecheng, 22, from Handan, Hebei province. (Photo:chinadaily.com.cn/Yan Dongjie)

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