What, you don't want to get caught in the never ending muslim civil war? Come on, EC, the Queen needs you.
Her Majesty has had 32 years from me, give or take a month or so. I am quite certain she has other people to get their asses shot off in her name.
Joking aside, the blunt truth is I am too old. Too slow. Reflexes are as fine as ever, but responses - well, they are no longer good. Your reflexes can say "move your bleep arm" all they want, but your arm only moves as fast as the various bits of damage over the years lets it. I'm a liability to the team. It's a hard thing to accept after all this time, but it is what it is. My request for retirement (subject to need - I'll probably spend a couple years training and lecturing) was accepted two days ago, so I will be here only to deal with the odd loose end. Got one hell of a replacement squad leader. He's American, originally. Guy can't fly a paper airplane, but he's got all the right instincts. We've worked together on and off since December 2001, so I feel comfortable handing off the pips to him.
Shit, that were somber. Respond with a joke or something.