Skip to comments.VANITY: Need Gift Suggestions for Military Promotion
Posted on 04/24/2013 4:58:41 PM PDT by Badabing Badablonde
I am totally clueless aboout this, but last week I got an invitation to the promotion and party for my cousin, who is being promoted to Colonel.
She has worked very hard for this and made so many sacrifices and is so dedicated, I would really like to give her something special not just for this accomplishment, but also because she has included me, and because she is working for me and my family. She has not asked for gifts and I know she never will, because she is like all of our brave military, and is proud to serve her country, and is thankful for the opportunities it has given her.
So my question is for events like this, do attendees give gifts? If so, what kind of gifts? What would have meaning? I was thinking about some kind of donation in her honor, but only if that is acceptable for this occasion. I just don't have a clue, and I'm wondering if the military was of doing this is different.
Make a nice donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in her name. I’m sure she would appreciate that.
My Nephew made light colonel about a year ago. I don’t recall any of us doing anything except saying “he sure did make it quickly”. I would not be at all surprised if he makes General eventually.
Thanks, and those are good ideas, but those look like something her staff or close family would give her. I wouldn’t want to mess with a tradition...want to make sure I do this right. I’m going to give that page a thorough look. Thanks!
- Framed/matted reprint of the US Constitution
- A desk plaque with the officer’s oath engraved on it
- Desk size statue or bust of George Washington
- If they are an academy grad, a gift of something that's specific to whichever academy they attended
- If she's a flyer, a mini version of the appropriate aircraft
If you need more ideas, let me know
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I’m clueless as to what a promotion party is...
I got my Blood Stripes “pinned on” by my fellow Company NCOs, when I made Corporal. Brutal and painful, it was worth it.
When I made Sergeant, I was “wetted down” at the NCO Club.
For what it’s worth, my gift was a 5AM, 3 mile run, with one helluva hangover.
Cool stuff, thanks!
She is Army, something to do with Nuclear Ops, and due to weird timing has seen very little combat. She often says she has patch envy. I like the idea of the officer’s oath. Do you think she’ll get alot of stuff like that?
LOL, I love military humor. :)
$46 Billion to stop this year’s Sequestration cuts.
I forgot to mention picking up the $250 NCO Club tab.
Congrats to your cousin!
I also like the donation to wounded warrior foundation suggestion
Since my daughter is EOD I’ll mention:
A real silver dollar ( in private ) and a smile of gratitude and recognition.
What’s your second suggestion? :)
The custom for officers is to host their own “wetting down” party to celebrate a promotion...including buying the food & drink.
Do like the idea of Wounded Warrior donation, or to make it even more personal, maybe a contribution to your cousin’s unit / base Family Services office or Morale, Welfare, & Recreation (MWR) fund. Alternatively, a donation to her Service’s Relief Fund — Army / Navy / Marine Corps / Air Force Relief. Or even a contribution to a local or the main USO office.
Wow, some of those shirts are amazing!
I already donate monthly to WWP, so I guess I could consider giving an extra gift in her honor. I think she might appreciate a gift to the USO also.
Interesting.....is there any special significance to the silver dollar? I like that special moment. She means the world to me, and I really want her to know that.
I’m an Army officer and have never heard of any officers getting gifts for a promotion. The traditional promotion “party” is to go to a bar and get drunk, with the person that got promoted buying the drinks.
GOod to know. I don’t want to do the wrong thing and make her uncomfortable. And yes, there will be a party at some country club afterwards. SO maybe just making the trip would be meaningful to her, just being there.
When my brother pinned on silver oak leaves, I got him one of these:
It is a gift of particular relevance for those who serve in the combat arms, or have spent time in Afghanistan.
By "patch envy", she probably means that she has no deployment patch on her right arm, so everybody knows the good Colonel has never deployed.
The party afterwards is probably a short and sweet reception at the officers club, with punch and finger foods. There’s always some sort of little reception for things like this. It’s not really a “party.”
I guess for a colonel that’s kind of humbling when you are probably surrounded by patches in the Pentagon, and she’s been in since probably ‘84. It doesn’t decrease her commitment or sacrifice, though. Still think she’s da bomb.
Wetting down sounds like more fun.
These are good suggestions and something to think about. Thanks!
Let me clarify. If you want to get your cousin a gift for her promotion, by all means do that. Getting promoted to Colonel is a big deal.
I just meant that I've never heard of any officers getting a gift from other military members for a promotion. I suppose it's different for family.
As for the gift.... I have no idea. That kind of thing is not my forte.
Hope I helped.
Pearl handled .44, or whatever it was that George Patton carried.
Take them out, get em drunk and laid. But then again, I was just an EM.
I can’t think of anything more useful than that.
When asked about his “Pearl handle gun” Patton remarked that “Ivory handles are for pimps and queers.”
George Patton was such a diplomat.
A nice pen, durable, extremely functional aka fisher space pen guts....
I have a henderer investigators pen.....they are very nice and fit a duty uniform very well.
Brass, copper titanium, etc .... As an O-6 she will use a nice pen more than anything. The refills are fisher space pen so they will work in the field or the office.
Call Rick and tell him what your after, he may even have time to engrave it with her name from you and the date of presentation etc ...
Just a suggestion.... Congrats to the new Bird Colonel !
Weelll, Exccuuuuuse the heck out of me!
You are so right!
It’s late, I’ve been up since 0500, and a cocktail or two later, I’m not thinking straight.
They were Ivory.
But hey, getting back to the original idea, what about that as an appropriate gift for a senior officer? Am I right or what?
Great minds think alike.
He carried two in holsters and also a Cold General Officers model pocket pistol in his belt.
The belt guns were a Colt .45 model 1873 Army model. Nickle plated and engraved. He killed two Mexicans with it during the Pershing expedition into Mexico. He killed them in a face to face shootout.
He also carried a Smith & Wesson registered .357 magnum. Today the same gun is called a model 27. I think it was done up like the single action.
He said in the movie that no one but a pimp in a cheap New Orleans whorehouse would carry a pearl handled revolver.
Patton was actually wrong about that as some old West gunfighters did actually carry pearl handled revolvers.
So, no military experience here, so I can’t help you with that, but being cousins ... have you considered something with family significance? Perhaps a framed picture from when you were kids together at a family get-together?
(Having no clue, I tend to think that something with a personal, family touch would be nice...)
Not sure if you’re a crafty person or not, but oftentimes, handmade gifts are also a nice thing. In this case, something with a colonel’s insignia on it.
Just a couple of attempts at ‘outside the box’ thinking. Good luck, and best wishes to your cousin!
Well Great GooglyMoogly!
I really never studied the General that much in depth. I know that he loved his side arms.
I’m going to boost your post and do some more looking into what he thought about such things.
Thanks for the info.
I remember the movie “The Wind and the Lion.” Prez Teddy vs the Grand Muffdie or some such. The most important thing that both men dwelled on, was the preferred firearm of their opponent.
They judged their opponent by the type of weapon they preferred.
Not kidding, but when one of my female friends made COL, the gift she liked the best was a box of chocolates.
Attendees do not normally give gifts. Your attendance is the gift. Physical gifts are normally given departure or retirement ceremonies. Always touching, they are usually also humorous.
However, you being a civilian family member, something meaningful and discreetly given is not only appropriate but will be treasured.
Should you decide to do this, a challenge coin or service tie would do nicely. Selection should be limited to something you can legitimately give and your cousin and legitimately use (don't give her a Navy tie). You can get some ideas from this website; www.medalsofamerica.com.
As far as meaning, you actually already know that. The gift would represent something important in your cousin's life or career. Maybe even something shared with you.
My recommendation, consider a challenge coin. If you find one you think right, is given discreetly through a handshake. And it is never forgotten.
You’re such a nice relative for thinking of such a sweet gift! She might appreciate a monogrammed afghan/throw with the appropriate military service seal and the date of her promotion. Or, a very nice bottle of her favorite alcoholic beverage along with engraved glasses; a bottle of wine in a leather case with monogrammed plaque; a framed print of a special military hero (there are quite a few of Gen George Washington kneeling in the snow that are just beautiful); a “coffee table” book of a special place/monument with a nice inscription...hope those ideas help. I received similar items along the way when I was active duty...
So, tattoo your family tree on her butt.
LOL. Sorry, old sailor humor.
forgot to add: tell her congrats on her promotion from this retired USAF O-5!
We do throw the “wetting down” parties so that's kind of a gift (and can get expensive).
I also like the idea of a donation in her honor to WWP or the USO. Both good and worthy causes.
Im an Army officer
God bless you and keep you safe. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your service.