Posted on Apr 16, 2014
SFC Rich Carey
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I have seen reenlistment ceremonies on YouTube, where someone is underwater taking the oath, or in a mud pit, and you can find mulitple unquie ways active duty members are reenlisting on RallyPoint Discussions.

In the Army the regulations states: (AR 601-280)



D–2. Pre-ceremonial planning considerations.

Prior planning for enlistment/reenlistment ceremonies is
important to ensure the ceremony is conducted professionally and in a manner
meaningful to the soldier.



f. The ceremony is an official act and should be conducted
accordingly. In some cases, soldiers and commands desire the ceremony to be
conducted in connection with activities such as parachuting, climbing utility
poles, and other similar acts. These activities are not in keeping with the
solemnity associated with the oath of enlistment/reenlistment and will not be
part of the ceremony.



g. The ceremony should be conducted in proper military
uniform. Exceptions to this provision are authorized

In your opinion, should the regulation be changed?





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MSG Usarec Liason At Nrpc/Nara
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I was always told that the reenlistment ceremony was about the soldier. I've never seen anything crazy just stuff that I thought was a cool..like doing it in front of the rock and roll hall of fame or on the beach. Personally I did one in front of my BN just because it was the only time I could get my BN Cdr to do it and the second time I did it in my company HQ in the CDR's office because I wanted it low key. I'm for keeping things the way they are...if the soldier wants to jump AFTER the fact then by all means.
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MSG Wade Huffman
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I would think that with the big push in the Army to get "back to basics", that perhaps this is just ONE of the basics to get back to. Would a change of command be conducted underwater or in a mud pit? Key words are "Official Ceremony" and it should be treated as such. I honestly believe this can be done while still making it meaningful to the soldier (the provision most used for some of the more outlandish ceremonies).
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SFC Rich Carey
SFC Rich Carey
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I was called a POS and other sorts of names saying that they could have held the ceremony and then did the activity. I was commenting on a reenlistment on YouTube just stating you are not suppose to do it inconjuction with an activity. I was told I was demeaning the the reenlistment - couldnt believe all the hate comments I received....
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MSG Wade Huffman
MSG Wade Huffman
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Hate to say it Rich, but perhaps we're just getting old and out of touch... I don't want to believe that though!!!
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SFC Rich Carey
SFC Rich Carey
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You might be getting old Wade, I am maturing :-) (Hey, I wonder if there a regulation about getting old? So I can follow the regulation when it suits me.) hehehe
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SFC Retention and Transition NCO (USAR)
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As a Career Counselor, I think it is totally up to the Soldier, something that means something to them.
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