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    Three rituals mark each day in the Air Force: Reveille, the bugle call that starts the day; Retreat, the end-of-the-day ceremony when everyone salutes the flag as it’s lowered; and finally, Taps, played to signify “lights out” and to remind us of those who have served in the past.

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This article is about the bugle call. For other uses, see Reveille (disambiguation).

Bugle call at sunrise

Musical notation of "Le Réveil" from French military rules book published July, 29 1884

"Reveille" (REV-əl-ee, ri-VAL-ee),[1] called in French "Le Réveil" is a bugle call, trumpet call, drum, fife-and-drum or pipes call most often associated with the military; it is chiefly used to wake military personnel at sunrise. The name comes from réveille (or réveil), the French word for "wake up".

Commonwealth of Nations and the United States[edit]

The tunes used in the Commonwealth of Nations are different from the one used in the United States, but they are used in analogous ways: to ceremonially start the day. British Army Cavalry and Royal Horse Artillery regiments sound a call different from the infantry versions, known as "The Rouse" but often misnamed "Reveille", while most Scottish Regiments of the British Army sound a pipes call of the same name, to the tune of "Hey, Johnnie Cope, Are Ye Waking Yet?", a tune that commemorates the Battle of Prestonpans. For the Black Watch, since the Crimean War, '"Johnnie Cope has been part of a sequence of pipe tunes played at an extended reveille on the 15th of every month known as "Crimean Long Reveille".[2]

In modern times, the U.S. military plays (or sounds) "Reveille" in the morning, generally near sunrise, though its exact time varies from base to base. On U.S. Army posts and Air Force bases, "Reveille" is played by itself or followed by the bugle call "To the Colors" at which time the national flag is raised and all U.S. military personnel outdoors are required to come to attention and present a salute in uniform, either to the flag or in the direction of the music if the flag is not visible. While in formation, soldiers are brought to the position of parade rest while "Reveille" plays then called to attention and present arms as the national flag is raised. On board U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard facilities, Reveille is generally sounded separately from morning colors. Reveille is sounded at an earlier time such as 0600 (6 am), and then the flag is generally raised at 0800 (8 am) while "The Star-Spangled Banner" or the bugle call "To the Colors" is played. On some U.S. military bases, "Reveille" is accompanied by a cannon shot.

In Commonwealth Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday services, and ANZAC Day services, "Last Post" begins the period of silent reflection, and "Reveille" ends it. The two tunes symbolize sunset and sunrise respectively, and therefore, death and resurrection. ("Reveille" is often replaced by "The Rouse", a bugle call commonly mistaken for "Reveille", although these are actually two different tunes.) Winston Churchill had "Last Post" sounded at his funeral, followed by "Reveille", as did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

"To Reveille" or "to sound Reveille" is often used among military personnel as a term meaning "to notify personnel that it is time to wake up", whether the bugle call is actually sounded or not. Units lacking the personnel or equipment necessary to play the tune will often assign the duty to "sound Reveille" to the last watch of the night, who must ensure that others are roused at the proper time, by any appropriate means (often by actually shouting the word reveille until everyone is awake).

The reveille is still played in all the Australian Defence Forces. It was originally played by drums.[3]



Although there are no official lyrics to "Reveille", these unofficial lyrics for the Commonwealth "Reveille" have been recently popularized:[3]

Re-veil-lee! Re-veil-lee is sounding
The bugle calls you from your sleep; it is the break of day.
You've got to do your duty or you will get no pay.
Come, wake yourself, rouse yourself out of your sleep
And throw off the blankets and take a good peek at all
The bright signs of day are here, so get up and do not delay.

Get up!

Or-der-ly officer is on his round!
And if you're still a-bed he will send you to the guard
And then you'll get a drill and that will be a bitter pill:
So be up when he comes, be up when he comes,
Like a soldier at his post, a soldier at his post, all serene.


The first lines of the British Cavalry "Reveille" were for many years rendered as:

Soldiers arise!
Scrub the bloody muck out of your eyes...

The infantry and general "Rouse" ran:

Get out of bed,
Get out of bed,
You lazy bastards! (repeat)
I feel sorry for you, I do!

The Reveille and Rouse are two separate calls which are often confused. The "Reveille" is the first bugle sound of the day to awaken the troops. See the words above, in the Australian section (it's the same as British). The "Rouse" is the second call and, shorter call, sounded after "Reveille" to remind people that they should now be well up an about. On ceremonial occasions, "Rouse" is often sounded instead of "Reveille" because it is shorter and, much easier o play.

In the Royal Navy, "Reveille" was usually verbalised as:

Wakey wakey, lash up and stow!

United States[edit]

To the U.S. tune:

I can't get 'em up,
I can't get 'em up,
I can't get 'em up this morning;
I can't get 'em up,
I can't get 'em up,
I can't get 'em up at all!
The corporal's worse than the privates,
The sergeant's worse than the corporals,
Lieutenant's worse than the sergeants,
And the captain's worst of all!
(repeat top six lines)

Another set of lyrics to the U.S. tune above:

I can't get 'em up
I can't get 'em up
I can't get 'em up this morning;
I can't get 'em up
I can't get 'em up
I can't get 'em up at all!
And tho' the sun starts peeping,
And dawn has started creeping,
Those lazy bums keep sleeping,
They never hear my call!
(repeat top six lines)

Still another U.S. version goes:

You've got to get up
You've got to get up
You've got to get up this morning
You've got to get up
You've got to get up
Get up with the bugler's call
The major told the captain
The captain told the sergeant
The sergeant told the bugler
The bugler told them all
(repeat top six lines)

Most famous is Irving Berlin's comic adaption of the tune and the lyrics in his 1918 song Oh! How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning, inspired by his experience as a draftee in the First World War. Recast from the original military 2:4 time to a more swinging 6:8 rhythm, the words

You gotta get up
You gotta get up
You gotta get up this morning

are set to the initial notes of the bugle call, followed by

Some day I'm going to murder the bugler
Some day they're going to find him dead;
I'll amputate his reveille and step upon it heavily,
And spend the rest of my life in bed.


"Reveille" and "Rouse" are composed, like nearly all bugle music, solely from the notes of the major triad, usually notated in C as: C, the tonic; E, the mediant; and G, the dominant.

Both the Commonwealth and United States "Reveilles" can be played with any combination of valves (or all open valves), because they were first played on a bugle, which lacks valves and plays only notes from the harmonic series.

The U.S. version of "Reveille".


The "Reveille" was previously used throughout the Royal Danish Army, but is now only played at sunrise and sunset at the Guard Hussar Regiment barracks, by buglers from the mounted squadron'sdrum and bugle corps. It is also played every morning at the Royal Life Guard barracks in Copenhagen while the flag is hoisted at the garrison.


"Reise Reise" is the wake up call on ships of the German Navy, the Deutsche Marine. It comes from the Low German word for rise. Every day on a German Navy ship starts with a wake-up call, the Purren, which is started by the Locken, a whistle from the boatswain's call given 5 minutes before the main wake-up call. The wake-up call is given by a long whistle and the call: Reise, reise, aufstehen, überall zurrt Hängematten ('Rise, rise, wake up, get your hammock ready').


In the Indian Army, "Reveille" is sounded at 06:00 (or sunrise), and the regimental colours are hoisted. As this also signals the start of the physical training parade, for practical reasons, servicemen must awake prior to the sounding of reveille.


In the Irish Army, "Reveille" is sounded at dawn and at military wreath-laying ceremonies, as on the National Day of Commemoration.


In Sweden, "Revelj " can be played on bugle, trumpet or drum. Today, it is usually played from a recording. There is also a reveille for military band composed by Johann Heinrich Walch that is used as the reveille of the Swedish Armed Forces.

United States[edit]

In the U.S. military, Reveille is generally played at 7 A.M. as the morning bugle call. It was originally conducted in 1811 as "Troop", and was designed to muster the unit or for roll call, but later came to mark when the flag was raised in the morning and honors paid to it.[4]

Boy Scouts of America[edit]

Within the Boy Scouts of America, it is common for reveille to be sounded as a "wake up" for a large encampment of scouts, usually a camporee, jamboree or summer camp. The music may be played over the camp's intercom or bugled or trumpeted by the camp bugler. An individual scout unit may also sound "Reveille" to rouse the scouts and scouters on a weekend trip,[citation needed] though this is less common.

Troop Bugler is a position of leadership in some Troops.[5][6]

An instrumental rock version of the melody was recorded as "Reveille Rock" in 1959 by Johnny and The Hurricanes and released on Warwick Records, catalog number M-513. The record charted Billboard number 25 and number 14 in the UK.


External links[edit]

Media related to Reveille at Wikimedia Commons

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Reveille, Retreat & Taps

Reveille will sound at 6 a.m. and will be immediately followed by “To the Colors.” At the first note of Reveille, all military personnel in uniform will immediately face the flag and stand at parade rest (if flag is not in view, face the source of music). When Reveille concludes, come to attention and salute at the first note of “To the Colors,” hold salute until the last note. Civilian and military personnel not in uniform should place right hand over heart at the first note of “To the Colors” and keep it there until the last note. Males should remove headgear with right hand and hold it at the left shoulder with right hand over heart. Saluting is optional for service members and veterans not in uniform. If in a moving vehicle, pull to the side of the road and stop. All vehicle occupants should sit quietly until the last note of music.

Retreat will sound at 5 p.m. and be immediately followed by the National Anthem. At the first note of Retreat, all military personnel in uniform will immediately face the flag and stand at parade rest (if flag is not in view, face the source of music). When Retreat concludes, come to attention and salute at the first note of the National Anthem, hold salute until the last note. Civilian and military personnel not in uniform should place right hand over heart at the first note of the National Anthem and keep it there until the last note. Males should remove headgear with right hand and hold it at the left shoulder with right hand over heart. Saluting is optional for service members and veterans not in uniform. If in a moving vehicle, pull to the side of the road and stop. All vehicle occupants should sit quietly until the last note of music.

Note: If wearing an official physical training uniform for Reveille or Retreat, military personnel will follow their service specific-guidance (i.e., Army and Air Force personnel will follow the “in uniform” guidance, while other service members will follow the “not in uniform” guidance).

Taps will play at 10 p.m. All personnel outdoors should stand, face the flag or source of music and remain silent.

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Reveille and Retreat

"Reveille" was originally conducted as "Troop" in 1812 and was designed to muster the unit or for roll call and additionally to signal sentries to leave off night challenging. It was not originally intended specifically as honors for the flag. Today, reveille is conducted to honor the U.S. flag as it is raised in the morning. Honors (salute) during "Reveille" should be rendered similar to the procedure for "Retreat."

Your command may find it appropriate to conduct a Command Reveille or Command Retreat ceremony to help honor special days or events (Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, POW/MIA Day, Dec 7th, etc.) On these special days you may want to have a supporting ceremony complete with military formations, guest speaker(s), and chaplain or other appropriate participation. (Note that the flag should be displayed on all days, to include Federal holidays.)

The bugle call sounded at "Retreat" was first used in the French army and dates back to the Crusades. Retreat was sounded at sunset to notify sentries to start challenging until sunrise, and to tell the rank and file to got to their quarters. During the 18th century, command retreat was a daily occurrence, not to honor the flag but as a signal for units to call the roll as a final accounting before reveille the following morning. The ceremony remains as a tradition in today's military by marking the end of the military day and honors the flag as it is lowered. The bugle call "Retreat" precedes the flag ceremony. At the first sound of the bugle, face the flag, or sound of the bugle if the flag is not visible, and stand at parade rest. When you see the flag being lowered or hear the bugle call "To the Colors" or the national anthem, come to attention and render a salute. The salute is held until the flag is lowered or until the music ends. Civilians should stand at attention, facing the flag or music with their (right) hands over their hearts. Vehicles should stop during both reveille and retreat. Passengers should remain quietly seated.


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For All Who Serve

Cadet Honor Guard


The mission of the Cadet Honor Guard is to honor our fellow cadets, graduates, and service members with pride, respect, and dignity for sacrificing their lives and serving this great nation.

The Cadet Honor Guard was originally founded in 1974 as a fourth class cadet drill team. The team has since expanded to perform many varieties of ceremonies for the U.S. Air Force Academy and the public at large. Whether hoisting the flag for morning reveille or performing a solemn funeral duty, each member is responsible for paying the closest attention to detail so that the proper respects are paid to those intended. Their performances include:  reveille and retreat, color guard, posting and retiring of colors, flag folding, flag flying, funeral details, ceremonial cannon detail, TAPS vigil, performance teams, parades, and wedding saber arches.
Many of the Cadet Honor Guard’s duties are highly visible to the public and carry a great deal of meaning. As a team of volunteers, each member has a servant mindset that prioritizes others above themselves. The Cadet Honor Guard participates in several large parades and events throughout the year, conveying to the public that the U.S. Air Force Academy is dedicated to our community and our nation.

Club Accomplishments

Due to their precision and versatility, they are quickly gaining recognition beyond the military by performing ceremonial details and winning exhibition drill competitions all over the nation. They serve the local and national communities by providing an opportunity for the public to see the discipline and precision that cadets gain while attending the Academy.

Become a Member

The Cadet Honor Guard takes pride in its rigorous fourth class training. Volunteers must join the team during their fourth class (freshman) year and then complete a semester of demanding training that entails learning the many functions of the team. Throughout the daily practices, cadets become experts of military bearing, parade rifle drill, and executing the team’s vital functions, such as reveille and retreat.

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Airmen outraged after Tyndall nixes 'Taps,' reveille

Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida has decided to stop playing "Taps" and reveille in and near residential areas — and airmen are furious.

Tyndall said in a Facebook post Thursday that it has stopped playing the songs — which for more than a century have often marked the beginning and end of the day for troops — in and near residential areas. The change was made "in an effort to minimize impact to our shift workers and families," Tyndall said.

The songs will continue to be played in operational areas "to honor our heritage and reflect on the sacrifices of those who came before us," Tyndall said.

But airmen and families reacted swiftly and angrily. By Friday morning, well over 300 comments had been posted on Tyndall's announcement. Nearly all of them mocked or criticized the change, and said it was disrespectful and contrary to military tradition.

"I am so embarrassed right now," airman Nicholas Mancuso said on Tyndall's Facebook page. "My Army co-workers are making fun of this and I got nothing."

"I can't believe you sir think it is appropriate to take this time honored tradition away for the slight inconvenience it might cause a few," Master Sgt. Rachael Colón said. "This is a small moment of reflection, a time to honor those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for continuing to make this great AF a mockery to our sister services."

Some commenters pointed out that people who live on base also have to deal with the sound of F-22s and other aircraft, and that music twice a day shouldn't disturb them more than aircraft sounds.

But another commenter, Chris Shin, applauded the base for taking shift workers' schedules into consideration.

"Have you ever worked shift work?" Shin said. "Have you been on day 4 of only 3-4 hrs of sleep only to have [a] giant voice go off and you can't sleep? I applaud the base for not only honoring fallen members but taking care of the active duty ones."

In 2013, Tyndall started playing reveille at 6:30 a.m. and "Taps" at 9:30 p.m."to inspire esprit de corps," former 325th Fighter Wing Commander Col. David Graff said in a March 2013 commentary. Graff said Tyndall would continue to play retreat at 5 p.m.

"Tyndall proudly observes Reveille at 6:30 a.m., Retreat at 5 p.m. and Taps at 9:30 p.m. every duty day," Herman Bell, 325th FW public affairs chief, said Friday in an email to Air Force Times. "These time-honored traditions are an important part of who we are, and how we pay tribute to our nation, the patriots who have served before us, and those currently serving in harm's way. However, in order to take care of our Airmen executing the 325 Fighter Wing mission on swing-shift and midnight-shift hours, Reveille and Taps are now only being broadcast in mission areas, while Retreat continues to be played in all areas. Suspending Reveille and Taps in housing and dorm areas mitigates negative mission impacts for the Airmen charged with maintaining, servicing and guarding our F-22 fleet during non-standard duty hours."

This is not the first time an Air Force base has stopped playing the morning bugle call — and the move didn't go over well in the past, either.

In May 2010, Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota announced it would no longer broadcast reveille over loudspeakers at 6:30 a.m. because some parents complained it woke their sleeping children. Ellsworth continued playing "Taps" at nighttime.

But after an outcry from airmen, Ellsworth reversed its decision two weeks later and restored the morning call to duty. As a compromise, Ellsworth began playing reveille at 7:30 a.m. to give children more time to sleep.

In 2007, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida turned down the loudspeaker volume on reveille, retreat and "Taps" broadcasts in response to noise complaints.

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