Performing a military cadence can be a fun way for a soon-to-be-retired service person to add some humor to a military retirement party. The cadences are sure to bring back memories of early morning runs requiring exertion, endurance, and sweat which add up to a unique bonding experience within a company. Write your own military cadences (also known as Jody Calls) or check out the verses below written especially to help a veteran celebrate their retirement. .
The term Rise and Shine has a special meaning to veterans who remember their physical training often started with a before-daylight run. A military cadence makes the workout less onerous.
Check out the all-time classic military cadence - My old grannie is 91
I’m retiring one day soon
Won't be up and out till noon.
Though I’ll miss you all . . . it’s true
I’ll have fun and not be blue.
No more push ups
Till I rise at 10 AM
Keep the bedroom lighting dim
Then I’ll move and hit my stride
Playing golf. . . where I can hide
Major duties will unfold
To fill my days…that’s what I’m told.
Got a list of things to do
Many options I can choose.
Maybe they’ll give me a watch
Hang my B-D-Us upright
Sure it’s tough to say farewell
Since the times we’ve shared are swell
Better days you ‘ll find ahead
But don’t forget the things we’ve said.
Come on….come on
I know when a warrior leaves
Retirement living must be fine
Some day I will reach old age
Different lifestyle at that stage.
Still you’ll find me fit and spry
If on me you ever spy.
The military cadence takes the boredom out of marching and keeps a unit together. The most popular military cadences involve humor about relatives, friends, aging or competition. Many Army cadences date back to World War II.
Why are these sometimes referred to as Jody Calls? The term "Jody" has a bad connotation as a jody is someone who is consorting with a serviceman's girlfriend while he is away. The phrase has worked its way into popular culture.
Those who have served in the military have many stories about life in service. Many will remember those early morning workouts and Jody Calls and these are a great way to add some fun to your military retirement party.