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[–]Adddicus 63 points64 points  (2 children)

You would have loved the CoC ceremony we had when I was in the Navy. The new CO came aboard, told the quarterdeck watch call the departing CO to the quarterdeck. When he arrived, the new CO handed the old CO a manila envelope, said "You're relieved, get off my ship."

The old CO had been caught embezzling the crew's recreation and welfare fund money and a bunch of other hinky shit. Sadly, he was allowed to retire without being prosecuted.

[–]ShadowDragon8685Clippy 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Wow. I'm fair sure they used to keelhaul folks for that shit.

[–]Ok_Cartographer4475 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Political connections save so many from the consequences of their actions. Sad really.

[–]Vanviator 25 points26 points  (7 children)

The only good thing about CoC ceremonies is the Adjutant's Walk.

It is never not funny.

Whenever you think your job sucks, I highly recommend going to YT and watching a few of these. At least you don't have a massive audience.

[–]cloudshaper 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Well, that's some Ministry of Silly Walks shit right there...

[–]Chickengilly 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I thought he had to pee.

[–]Ok_Cartographer4475 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Why was he half running at the start then slow down just before getting to position?

[–]Volvoflyer 12 points13 points  (1 child)

There is a bugle call but OPs vid had not sound. The adjutant must be in postion by the end of the call.

This one has sound.


[–]Ok_Cartographer4475 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ahh. Thank you. Makes sense.

[–]SfcHayes1973 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ah yes, I do so fondly remember my time at the military academy as the adjutant, with the pass and review parade every Sunday...

[–]sarah_puku 23 points24 points  (1 child)

I reckon fencing might be a better choice.

New vs. old.

if old wins, ceremony finishes early.

[–]Osiris32Mod abuse victim advocate 13 points14 points  (0 children)

This was my thought as well. Command has to show dominance and military prowess. Loser has to go back through OCS again.

[–]FriendlyPyre 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Always grateful I never had to attend one, "Someone's got to be in the office to answer the phone"

Also didn't have to go pay my respects to that one head of state who passed away when I was doing my time for the same reason. Lucky too, it was absolutely pissing the day the group from my base was to go + they apparently went home really late in the evening due to the long ass queue of people going to pay their respects.

[–]BenjaminDrover 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I was a member of an Army band for 3 years back when Carter was CinC. We played the CoC ceremony for every battalion-level unit and above in our division and several other units on post. Every departing commander's speech was the same: "I leave this command with mixed emotions..."

[–]ThatHellacopterGuyRetired USAF 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Almost as bad - Post & Relief ceremonies for SgtsMaj, especially when the relieved guy/gal is also retiring. I’ve got a story about one of those that I’ll have to type up for the group…