Retirement Speech Template
Or combine 1 and 2.
Remember the keys to a good retirement ceremony:
1. Look extra good in your uniform.
2. Be extra nice to family and friends
3. Rehearse enough so that your part seems natural
4. Linger a little after the ceremony, but not too long.
NovaNuke: Depending on when the event is, I recommend reaching
out to former shipmates, CoC, family, and friends for funny stories or career
highlights about the individual. This adds a very personal feel to your speech and
will make up for any time issues (think quality vice quantity). Spouses are usually
a great source of information and can often provide contact info for former
friends/shipmates. Taking to the retiree about his/her career path may also give you
some material to discuss (i.e., was on USS BLAH for first BLAH).
AllChoptUp: More suggestions:
- Discuss family's role in the sailor's career - moves made, babies born and raised,
that kind of thing. Try to work in their sacrifices and support of his career. Know
their names and look at them during your speech.
- Mention world events that were happening at significant milestones in the mbr's
career, especially if he played a role in any of them (duty station, job, etc).
- Talk about retirement plans if his career shaped them - some go into teaching and
credit their time in uniform for their skills in the classroom, for example.
SWOLAW.COM: May be a rehit, but when reciting the career
milestones do not just read them off - they are probably in the program. Instead get
from PO1 his most memorable tours and the why and spend a little time talking
about how those memorable tours make a memorable career.
Something I learned from the priest who married me. He hardly knew bride and me
(several pre-cana meetings). But he found out enough about us from talking with
us to use a funny anecdote about our relationship in the homily at our marriage
You can do the same thing. If you can tie the funny anecdote to a major theme
about service, dedication, commitment to excellence or whatever it is you want to
highlight about the career.
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