THE retirement of Army Chief of Staff General Wismoyo Arismunandar at the weekend could signal a shift towards further Islamicisation of the military, a senior political analyst has said. General Wismoyo was a politically unaligned soldier whose emphasis was on professionalism, said Juwono Sudarsono, vice-governor of the military-funded think-tank, the National Resilience Institute. But his successor is General Raden Hartono, a devout Muslim from Madura island, off the northeast coast of Java. General Hartono is said to be closely aligned to the Army's Islamic leaning 'Habibie grouping'. Yusuf Habibie, the Minister of Research and Technology, is also head of ICMI, the Association of Muslim Intellectuals. Sponsored by President Suharto, ICMI was set up in 1990 to unify and protect the nation's Muslims. Analysts say, however, that its main aim is to contain rising Muslim sentiment. Other ICMI-leaning military figures include Armed Forces Chief General Feisal Tanjung. General Wismoyo - who is married to a younger sister of President Suharto's wife - and 61 high-ranking officers were given a farewell at the National Military Academy at the weekend. Other well-known retirees included Lieutenant General Herman Mantiri, whose appointment as ambassador to Australia was withdrawn in July after controversy over remarks he made approving the 1991 Dili massacre, in which at least 50 unarmed protesters were killed. Recently, it has been rumoured he is being considered for an ambassadorial post in Singapore.