CHANGE OF RESPONSIBILITY CEREMONY
March Troops on line ten minutes prior to ceremony and conduct the following‘ At close Interval, dress right, dress” “ready, front” (pause) “Parade, rest”, and execute an about
Ladies and gentlemen, the Change of Responsibility Ceremony Will begin in five minutes.
Ladies and gentlemen, The Change of Responsibility Ceremony Will begin in two minutes. Please begin to take your seats. Ladies and gentleman, at this time would you
please turn off all pagers and cell phones.
Execute an about faces and command, “Company, (pause) Attention”.
March on line and take charge of the company and commands “parade, (pause) rest’. And execute an about face.
Line up with CSM and incoming First Sergeant on his left.
Distinguished guests, ladies and Gentleman, on behalf of the Soldiers of YOUR COMPANY, Good morning and welcome to the Change of Responsibility Ceremony between
First Sergeant and Master Sergeant . The host for today’s ceremony is the Command Sergeant Major of YOUR HIGHER HQ.
The outgoing First Sergeant is First Sergeant________ and the incoming First Sergeant is Master Sergeant____.
Ladies and Gentleman please stand for the playing of our National Anthem.
Execute an about face and command, “Company (pause) Attention, (pause) Present (pause) Arms” execute an about face and present arms.
BATTALION CSM/ INCOMING 1SG
Battalion CSM command: ATTENTION” (pause) PRESENT ARMS.
Play National Anthem.
(LAST NOTE OF ANTHEM) Says, Ladies and Gentlemen, Please be seated
Execute an about face and command “Order (pause) Arms”
Ladies and Gentlemen, today we are about to observe A change of responsibility ceremony for YOUR UNIT. The change of responsibility is a simple traditional event that is
rich with symbolism and Heritage. Key to the ceremony is the changing of position of responsibility between the outgoing and incoming First Sergeants. The unit First
Sergeant is the custodian of the unit Guidon and as such, he is the senior enlisted advisor in the unit and the principal advisor to the Commander on all Facets of the unit’s
operations. Therefore he assumes his Position next to the unit Guidon. Of the earliest of times, leaders used a banner or other symbols to identify themselves and to use
them as rallying point for their warriors. For the modern day soldier, his or her unit colors, the company Guidon, records the unit’s history, its glories, its battle, and its
Order of relief for First Sergeant OUTGOING 1SG. Having served faithfully and with distinction, you are hereby relieved of responsibility as the First Sergeant of YOUR
COMPANY. You have executed the duties of your office with dignity, dedication, and devotion to the command.
Your leadership to the noncommissioned officers and soldiers, and the sound guidance to the Command’s officers have been of the finest quality. As the First Sergeant, you
have upheld the traditions, customs, and the history of the command to highest standard. You have set an example for all to follow. Upon fulfilling your duties as the First
Sergeant with honor, it is with great respect and the utmost gratitude that I now pass on those standards and responsibilities to your successor.
Ladies and Gentlemen, on the command of “POST” from Command Sergeant Major OF YOUR HIGHER HQ, The Change of Responsibilities will be executed.
BATTALION CSM Command the order of “POST”
INCOMMING 1SG MOVES TO THE OUTGOING 1SG POSTION.
OUTGOING 1SG MOVES TO THE CSM’S RIGHT SIDE.
BATTALION CSM Command the 1SGs “ABOUT FACE”
Charge orders for Master Sergeant NEW 1SG. Let it be known From this day forward that as the Command Sergeant Major of YOUR HIGHER HQ I have placed special trust
and confidence in your patriotism, dedication, integrity, and leadership abilities. Therefore, I hereby appoint you to the office of First Sergeant, YOUR COMPANY. In so
appointing you, I charge you with the utmost leadership and mentorship for all Noncommissioned Officers in the command, imposing sound advice to the Commander’s
Officers and showing care and compassion for all soldiers and their families. As the top Noncommissioned Officer of the Company, you must Bear the mantle of
perpetuating the customs, traditions, and rich history of the Company, Battalion, and their predecessors. Having been chosen over all your peers, you are finally charged
With dignity, impartiality, morality, integrity, and creativity thus presenting a sterling example for all to embrace.
BATTALION CSM Command yourself and outgoing First Sergeant, “About Face”. (pause), “Forward March”.
BATTALION CSM, ALL THREE COME BACK TO REVEWING STAND
INCOMING 1SG, 1SG CRISS CROSS BEHIND THE CSM
OUTGOING 1SG, 1SG REPLACED BY THE SENIOR NCO.
NARRATOR Ladies and Gentlemen, the Command Sergeant Major of YOUR COMPANY. REMARKS
Ladies and Gentlemen the outgoing
First Sergeant, First Sergeant____ REMARKS
Ladies and Gentlemen, the First Sergeant of YOUR COMPANY. REMARKS
SENIOR SGT Execute an about face and command the company “Company (pause) Attention”. Execute an about face.
INCOMING 1SG Takes Command
NARRATOR Ladies and Gentlemen, please stand for the playing the Army song
COMMO Play the Army Song
BATTALION CSM Stand up and wait for report from 1SG
1SG Salute and report to the battalion CSM, Sergeant Major this concludes the ceremony.
BATTALION CSM Return salute.
NARRATOR Ladies and Gentlemen this concludes our ceremony.
The soldiers of YOUR COMPANY thank you for attending.
Please join us for refreshments.
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