Military cadence for retirees

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.

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Military cadence to celebrate retirement

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
No more sit ups
No more wake ups
I’ll just get up

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
Bring my dress code up a notch
Maybe I’ll just take a cruise
Get some sun and drink some booze.

Hang my B-D-Us upright
In the closet – out of sight
And I’ll think of days gone by
But you’ll never see me cry.

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.

New Refrain

Come on….come on
Good life…good life
Come on good life
Come on…good life.

I know when a warrior leaves
And turns civilian, he believes
Life out there is filled with bliss
No more M-R-Es to miss

New Refrain

Retirement living must be fine
And one day it will be mine
I’ll buy a house and settle down
With new retirees all around.

New Refrain

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.

Military cadence and the Jody Call

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.

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