End of (military) service celebration

Discussion in 'English Only' started by SLAL, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. SLAL Senior Member


    Is there any word in English for when someone celebrates his/her end of military service.

    for example, Is it correct to say "end of (military)service celebration/party/feast".

    Thank you
  2. london calling Senior Member

    It sounds a little odd. Apart from the fact that we say 'National Service' in BE, I mean.

    I had a party to celebrate the end of my National Service.
  3. velisarius

    velisarius Senior Member

    British English (Sussex)
    I think "National Service" is specific to the UK, and we don't have it at the moment anyway.
    Celebration, party, feast - these are not synonyms, though there is some overlap in meaning.

    If you do this as a group, maybe: "We held a party to celebrate the end/completion of our military service".
    A feast emphasizes the food, and celebration is more general - it might not involve a party or it might be more than a party.
  4. natkretep

    natkretep Moderato con anima (English Only)

    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    We have National Service in Singapore on the British model; we would say 'end of NS party' or 'ROD party'. (ROD* = run-out date, meaning the end of NS.)

    But Veli is right of course. NS might not be understood elsewhere.

    *Officially ORD now (operationally ready date).
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2015
  5. Copyright

    Copyright Mod Cat

    American English
    Mustering Out Party.

    (I made that up for you, but now that I have, I see that it's occasionally used. Attendees can be considered the MOP Detail.)
  6. RM1(SS)

    RM1(SS) Senior Member

    English - US (Midwest)
    We'd probably call it an EAOS* party or retirement party, as appropriate, in the Navy.

    * End of Active Obligated Service

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