Getting through the retirement process, including the ceremony, can be a challenge because it is so unfamiliar and the readily available guidance is weak, there are so many important checkpoints to pass, and most of the people in charge of the checkpoints are very junior and not easily accessible. There are many great resources available, but I stumbled on many of them close to the last minute so it was hard to take advantage of them like I could have if I had known about them months earlier. The key checkpoints for the retirement process are: DD 214 issue, job search/networking, closeout physicals, the retirement ceremony (yes, you should have one), and submitting your medical/dental records to the VA for processing. This post will cover each and provide links to checklists I have obtained from others or generated myself. Feel free to add comments about what I else I should have included based on your interest (about to retire) or experience (already retired or things you have seen others do that worked particularly well).