Former Haitian Soldiers Irritated They Got Back In Shape For Nothing
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 00:00
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Immediately after President Michel Martelly announced his plan to forego reinstating the Haitian Army, a number of ex-military members reacted angrily to the news, saying they have spent weeks getting back into shape physically for apparently nothing.
"As a presidential candidate, Martelly made a campaign promise to remobilize the disbanded military, which led many of us to start getting fit and ready for the new army," said former Sgt. Levelt Estavien. "After the hard work we put in these past few months, this is how he rewards us?"
Following Martelly's election victory, hundreds of ex-servicemen said they made a commitment to improve their level of fitness before reporting for duty.
"I'll be the first one to admit that I got out of shape," said the 42-year old who has not exercised since he served in the old army. "So, I started working out. I hit the weights almost every day. I watched what I ate. I made a lot of painful sacrifices, you know. And for what?"
Added Estavien, "I even bought a large supply of multivitamins and protein supplements to help rebuild my muscles. That's just money down the drain."