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04 Nov 2016 06:40 PM
    Greetings everyone,

    While I realize this is a small thing, I was watching a boot camp graduation on Facebook and saw when the graduate was announced he or she was "congratulated" by a service-connected relative.  

    How does one arrange this?   I said earlier it was a small thing but in reality it would be a big thing for me to be able to congratulate my son at his graduation. 

    Thanks in advance. 



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    04 Nov 2016 09:28 PM
    It's definitely not a small thing for the recruit. You're not just congratulating them - you're presenting their graduation certificate.

    At boot camp they will ask the recruits if they have someone who wants to present their certificate. Presenters can be current or retired military or law enforcement. As far as I know the only other stipulation is that the presenter must wear their equivalent of what the CG uniform is for graduation and the uniform must actually still fit you. I can't remember when they asked us, but I want to say it was week 5 or 6.
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    05 Nov 2016 07:57 AM
    Posted By ebee on 04 Nov 2016 09:28 PM
    It's definitely not a small thing for the recruit. You're not just congratulating them - you're presenting their graduation certificate.

    At boot camp they will ask the recruits if they have someone who wants to present their certificate. Presenters can be current or retired military or law enforcement. As far as I know the only other stipulation is that the presenter must wear their equivalent of what the CG uniform is for graduation and the uniform must actually still fit you. I can't remember when they asked us, but I want to say it was week 5 or 6.
    Hi ebee,

    Thanks for the quick reply.  I didn't realize the graduation certificate was actually presented by the family member. Putting aside the fact I am neither active or retired, there is no way I'd be able to fit into my cracker jacks. In fairness though I have been out for 30 years.  

    Have a nice weekend. 
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    05 Nov 2016 05:39 PM
    I do not remember the cut off date. But if you're prior service military and got out prior to a certain date, you can present in civilian clothes. I believe the date is around the time the Vietnam war ended, about 40ish years. Write your recruit. Let them know that if it is an option and you can wear civies, you would relish the opportunity.

    I have seen my ex husband have many proud moments in his life. I've never seen his chest more pumped up than when he was able to hand that certificate to our son. That was second to none. I hope you can do it.
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    06 Nov 2016 07:24 AM
    Posted By Old Guard2 on 05 Nov 2016 05:39 PM
    I do not remember the cut off date. But if you're prior service military and got out prior to a certain date, you can present in civilian clothes. I believe the date is around the time the Vietnam war ended, about 40ish years. Write your recruit. Let them know that if it is an option and you can wear civies, you would relish the opportunity.

    I have seen my ex husband have many proud moments in his life. I've never seen his chest more pumped up than when he was able to hand that certificate to our son. That was second to none. I hope you can do it.

    Thanks for the reply Old Guard.  I will certainly ask my soon-to-be recruit to ask about this honor.  He doesn't leave for a few months so plenty of time. 

    It's funny how fast time flies.  If I had stayed in the service for 20 years to retire I would still be out for 20 years.  It's unlikely I'd have a serviceable uniform hanging in my closet .   

    Have the best weekend. 


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    06 Nov 2016 09:19 AM
    Just read the FAQ's on Cape Mays page. It says active, reserve and retired members and they must be in uniform. Firefighters and Police in uniform are also authorized to present. I have watched some graduation videos were the certificated was presented by a retired person in civies.
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    06 Nov 2016 10:16 AM
    Posted By m1ashooter on 06 Nov 2016 09:19 AM
    Just read the FAQ's on Cape Mays page. It says active, reserve and retired members and they must be in uniform. Firefighters and Police in uniform are also authorized to present. I have watched some graduation videos were the certificated was presented by a retired person in civies.

    Thanks for the reply. 


    I knew I should have had him at a younger age 
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