Just read a post about someone going outside handing in their I/D card to a dissinterested killick writer got me thinking. I was once a killick writer on a discharge section. I was amazed at the absolute lack of interest by the CO and Senior Naval Officers at people going outside. Many of the guys going out had done 22. Only for the last person in the mob to see them off to be me (whoops maybe see them off is a bad choice of phrase but you know what I mean). I actually gave a f*ck and spent half my time badgering DO's to give these people a decent set of Cert Quals etc. The one that will stick in my mind is the WO that had done 34 years having joined at 15. This guy was in tears. I always used to offer to let the person leaving cut up their I/D card if they so wished. To some it was a joy and to others they didn't really give a sh1t. This guy asked me to wait until he left to do it and when I asked if he wanted a photocopy for a momento he nearly kissed me. Although he had had a leaving chat with the old man. I really don't think it would have been too much trouble for either him or the CDR to escort said WO to the Main Gate on his final day. But his last memories of the mob would be some killick scribes that he had never met, wishing him good luck. Although the resettlement package is vastly improved nowadays I do feel the leaving routine (unless it has changed recently) leaves a lot to be desired.