How to Write Army Retirement Awards

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Retiring from the Army after a long and distinguished career is a cause for celebration. Family members, friends, fellow soldiers and commanders all have a part to play in the retirement festivities. In addition to the parties, speeches and commendations, the Army has a long-standing tradition of writing up a retirement award to present to their outgoing personnel. These written awards include positions held, the number of years served, and praise for the retiring soldier's service.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Write a draft. Before committing a written retirement award to formal paper, scratch out a draft or two to make sure the wording is correct and the retirement award says everything it needs to. Do not rush this process; it is the final step in an honorable soldier's career, and it needs to be right.

  • Start with the basic information. The soldier's rank and name are at the top of the retirement award, followed by his or her current or most recent position and post. These two lines are centered on the page.

  • Summarize career accomplishments. A short paragraph follows the basic information, and should briefly mention the high points of the retiring soldier's career: exceptional bravery and/or leadership qualities, loyal service, specific actions. This summary is traditionally followed by a sentence or two of appreciation for years of service.

  • Add the dates and signature. After the career accomplishment paragraph, include a line indicating the dates of active service. Below that line comes the commanding officer's signature. Type and print on official paper, and the retirement award is ready for presentation.

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