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Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:49 am

A curious question for you that have served. In a show of respect, is it appropriate for a civilian to salute? I've often wondered that if the scenario would ever occur where I would encounter some part of a ceremony for a fallen soldier, should I salute? Or is it more appropriate to place my hand on may chest?

Any input appreciated.

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:04 am

Saluting is generally reserved for uniformed individuals, by regulation, but since it's an acknowledgement and show of respect between warriors it is not unheard of for civilians to salute. It's more often that a uniformed individual will salute an out-of-uniform individual if they are off-duty or retired and the uniformed serviceman believes it to be warranted.

As far as I know the only two civilians who are entitled to a salute are the Secretary of Defence and the President, who are both legally in the chain of command. You'll see the Marine guards saluting the President as he disembarks AF or Marine 1, and you'll see uniformed servicemen saluting the SECDEF when they greet him.

When I'm in a situation (now as a civilian) where I feel it warranted (like when I met a MoH holder) I have saluted them, but it's rare. Usually when Taps or the National Anthem play I stand at attention and hold my hand over my heart.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:43 pm

I'm retired Army so my answers are based on those pertinent regulations found in AR 600-25.

- Civilian personnel, to include civilian guards, are not required to render the hand salute to military personnel or other civilian personnel.

- From Table C-1, 3: All men wearing civilian clothes (military and civilian) (includes sports attire with headgear)

Each time casket is moved:

Outdoors: Stand at attention, remove headgear with right hand and hold over the left shoulder with right hand over heart.
Indoors: Stand.

- From Table C-1, 4: Military personnel and civilians in civilian dress without headgear. Personnel engaged in sports and attired in a sports uniform without headdress.

Each time casket is moved:

Outdoors: Stand at attention with right hand with right hand over heart.
Indoors: Stand at attention.

There are other courtesies that should be rendered by civilians on Army bases for Reveille, Retreat, Retreat with To The Colors, Retreat with the National Anthem, when uncased Colors pass by or when passing uncased Colors, and when there is a cannon salute but not a cannon salute to the Union or Nation.
 
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:03 pm

Quoting PC12Fan (Thread starter):
A curious question for you that have served. In a show of respect, is it appropriate for a civilian to salute? I've often wondered that if the scenario would ever occur where I would encounter some part of a ceremony for a fallen soldier, should I salute? Or is it more appropriate to place my hand on may chest?

pending on the nation as well . Here in Canada civilians do not salute. I have walked downtown Toronto many times and gotten a few homeless individuals to randomly salute me but beyond that nothing. However uniformed soldiers do indeed salute senior officers who are in civies . Pends on the regiment etc. as well
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:37 pm

In uniform I'll render a salute...but like DL021 said, in civilian attire I'll remain at attention, and put my hand over my heart for the national anthem. At a parade in civies you generally stand at attention as the flag mass passes you....most people fail to grasp this (all the new people watching their kids join the mil).

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:00 pm

since leaving the army i haven't been in a situation that required a salute. when i worked on the ramp i would salute the crew after pushing them back but that was more to acknowledge they were clear to depart the ramp.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:24 pm

Quoting PC12Fan (Thread starter):
In a show of respect

While it is a breach of the formal protocols, if it is actually out of respect and could not possibly be taken for sarcasm or mockery it would likely be received in the spirit it was rendered. If the intent was not respectful then it might be that the only thing keeping a fist out of your face is the military person's dignity and respect for the uniform he is wearing at the moment.

I went to a memorial service a while back in a civilian suit, without any lapel pins demarking any personal military honors. A friend there, a retired major, introduced me to two AF brigadier generals. They addressed me as "sir" and I accepted it, even though I had peaked out many paygrades below them. I addressed them as "sir" or "general" as well, at least once. They were gentleman enough to assume that I warranted the respect, I could judge by their uniforms that they did.

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:30 am

Thanks for the input guys.

My intent would not be to salute a soldier if I saw him walking in uniform in some random area. I personally don't think that is appropriate. But, if I came across a funeral procession (not looking for them, believe me) or a situation where a fallen soldier is flown home and I would encounter that procession, I feel it would be respectful to salute someone that definitely outranks me for the ultimate sacrifice.

Again, thanks for the input.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:23 am

Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 7):
My intent would not be to salute a soldier if I saw him walking in uniform in some random area. I personally don't think that is appropriate. But, if I came across a funeral procession (not looking for them, believe me) or a situation where a fallen soldier is flown home and I would encounter that procession, I feel it would be respectful to salute someone that definitely outranks me for the ultimate sacrifice.

i don't see that as appropriate either. if you're ex-military then i could understand but i think that as a civilian you should not salute. i also don't think that any fallen soldier "out ranks" you because they did give thier lives.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 9:32 am

Quoting Cancidas (Reply 8):

I didn't mean that as a cliche type of situation. Nor a thing to do to make me feel "I made a difference" kinda thing.

I am wondering if it would be acceptable to salute because it is a form of respect, and I personally think a salute means more to a soldier than my hand on my chest. But that's the whole point of me asking, and I want to know in case (again, not wanting to) I ever find myself in this situation. I want to do what is appropriate, but also from the heart.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:18 am

it is strictly a military sign of respect therefore civilians do not have the right to engage in it unless they have the proper qualifications and are involved in DND affairs. Veterans are exceptions of course but civilians should not be saluting those in the military or practicing any code of that sort.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Wed Jul 18, 2007 11:35 pm

Quoting Cancidas (Reply 8):
i don't see that as appropriate either. if you're ex-military then i could understand but i think that as a civilian you should not salute. i also don't think that any fallen soldier "out ranks" you because they did give thier lives.



Quoting CF188A (Reply 10):
it is strictly a military sign of respect therefore civilians do not have the right to engage in it unless they have the proper qualifications and are involved in DND affairs

I'm going to disagree with this based on intent. There is no law that proscribes you from saluting. As a member of a society that depends on the militia for it's first and final lines of defence...and the definition of militia including being the armed or able-bodied citizenry who can be organized into military units to defend the nation....then there is room for an honest and heartfelt salute to a professional soldier/warrior, from the citizenry eligible for drafted service, that he or she is or has defended.

Speaking from the heart here, I'd say that you should reserve it for the truly meaningful moments, and don't make it a habit. Most servicemen and women feel that they've earned the priviledge of giving and receiving salutes through their service and sacrifice. For almost all occasions a hand on the heart shows where you are coming from and will be taken as respect by the people to whom you are directing said respect.

Last thing on this....I signed up and served to defend your right to express yourself freely. If you want to salute, then go right ahead. It's your right.... specifically enumerated in the Constitution even....to express yourself. Just don't, for decency's sake, make a mockery of it or reduce its meaning by improper usage.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Thu Jul 19, 2007 2:25 am

Quoting DL021 (Reply 11):
Just don't, for decency's sake, make a mockery of it or reduce its meaning by improper usage.

Never would. Again, I just wanted to make sure that a gesture that I feel would express respect would not be offensive to the very people I am trying to honor.

Thanks for all input everyone. I have a good idea of what is appropriate in this case here and abroad.

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Thu Jul 19, 2007 8:38 am

Quoting DL021 (Reply 11):
Most servicemen and women feel that they've earned the priviledge of giving and receiving salutes through their service and sacrifice

agreed and this is why I feel it should be used STRICTLY between military personnel. I am sometimes saluted by civilians ... I do not rip their heads off .I just say "thank you". The hand over heart does not really happen here in Canada as often compared to the United States. I usually see veterans saluting during national memorials , airshows. etc.

Quoting DL021 (Reply 11):
Last thing on this....I signed up and served to defend your right to express yourself freely. If you want to salute, then go right ahead

yes but there is still common sense and respect. I signed up to defend the rights and freedoms Canada. I guess we could also compare this to a situation where a civilian is wearing a modern, present day, military uniform out of respect? There are some things you should just "not" do. To me the greatest sign of respect is a "thank y ou" on the street , which I receive quite often , or large turnouts during national salutes.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Thu Jul 19, 2007 9:04 am

Quoting CF188A (Reply 13):
yes but there is still common sense and respect. I signed up to defend the rights and freedoms Canada. I guess we could also compare this to a situation where a civilian is wearing a modern, present day, military uniform out of respect? There are some things you should just "not" do. To me the greatest sign of respect is a "thank you" on the street , which I receive quite often , or large turnouts during national salutes.

I completely understand you point sir. I would not wear a uniform of any branch if I was not serving. To me, that is a mockery. If I saw you on the streets, you would get that meaningful "thank you" and that would be the end of it. Until I saw you again!  Smile

But I hope you understand my original point, if I ever encountered a ceremony for a fallen soldier, in my heart, a salute is the most respectful thing I could think of to honor him/her. They gave their life, it's the least I could do. I'm not trying to "justify" my potential action with a salute, I just want know what is most appropriate if I ever encounter that situation. God forbid I do.

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:50 am

Quoting CF188A (Reply 13):
this is why I feel it should be used STRICTLY between military personnel

How about police forces, fire departments, EMS etc all are uniformed and most have a rank hierarchy that also includes saluting as a means of paying respect.
The paying of respects to a funeral procession or ceremony is as simple as standing and removing your hat as they pass by. If in uniform (with head dress) one shall salute the hearse as it passes by, is being loaded or unloaded.

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Thu Jul 19, 2007 11:03 am

Quoting WrenchBender (Reply 15):
The paying of respects to a funeral procession or ceremony is as simple as standing and removing your hat as they pass by. If in uniform (with head dress) one shall salute the hearse as it passes by, is being loaded or unloaded

Never was I taught in any of my basic courses that you salute a hearse as it passes by . That might be a personal preference , however in uniform with head dress, never have I heard of saluting a dead civilian, I am quite positive this is not true.

Quoting WrenchBender (Reply 15):
How about police forces, fire departments, EMS etc all are uniformed and most have a rank hierarchy that also includes saluting as a means of paying respect.

by saying military personnel, I would include EMS, Police, Fire Department... even the parking police Smile . All these branches are always in our armouries practicing drill.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Thu Jul 19, 2007 12:42 pm

Quoting CF188A (Reply 13):
I guess we could also compare this to a situation where a civilian is wearing a modern, present day, military uniform out of respect?

Actually, in the US, it's illegal to wear a complete military uniform unless you are in the military. Impersonating a soldier is actually against code. Sort of funny. Salutes are governed by military regulation (in the US service it's called the Uniform Code of Military Justice...UCMJ), which does not cover civilians. US federal code covers impersonating a soldier or officer.

Quoting CF188A (Reply 16):
Never was I taught in any of my basic courses that you salute a hearse as it passes by

It depends on the rank of the individual in the hearse. The dead are accorded a salute as they are paraded and at the time of burial. Watch the next military funeral procession. You will salute the flag draped casket as it moves past. Either with eyes right, hand salute or the rifle salute depending on the formation and the issued command.

I just realized that there is one time that a civilian is saluted......the person receiving the honors receives the salute as they are handed the folded flag from the casket. I assume that the salute is rendered to the person since the flag is folded and rendered by that time.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:08 pm

Here is Canada, you do not salute a civilian, and civies dont salute you. Civilians include civil peace officers (police), no matter how highly ranked they are. You do not salute higher ranked NCMs, only officers, and you directly salute the highest ranking officer in a group of officers. If you are not wearing your head dress, you do not salute, but check your arms and address the officer you are passing. You salute any and all officers, whether they are in uniform or not.

It was kinda funny when I was in Cold Lake in 99. The mess hall burned down, and IIRC that part of the base is USAF owned so there were USAF construction personnel on base, they had no clue of Canadian ranks, and saluted almost everything with a rank! I seen a few USAF personnel saluting Air Cadet course staff, and not even the officers... like Sgts, F/Sgts, 17-18 year old kids Big grin
 
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:32 pm

Quoting DL021 (Reply 17):
You will salute the flag draped casket as it moves past. Either with eyes right, hand salute or the rifle salute depending on the formation and the issued command.

I do not believe we are referring to military flag draped coffins DL021. I was under the impression we were talking about civilian funerals .... aka your walking down the street and a hearse goes by , therefore you stop and salute it? I was saying this is highly unlikely. During military funerals and burials all in uniform will salute the casket.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Thu Jul 19, 2007 3:08 pm

As a military member, I certainly don't expect a salute from civilians. With that said, it's certainly not my place to tell a civilian whether or not they're entitled to salute me. They're not subject to the UCMJ and aren't required to be trained on military customs and courtesies. A civilian has never saluted me before, and it would probably feel a little akward, but I wouldn't be offended if done out of respect. While I was eating lunch today (in uniform), some random guy came in and asked me to buy his bus ticket and a new pair of socks and a shirt, so I suppose there are worse ways to annoy somebody in the military than simply rendering a salute. By the way,we always salute the POTUS, the SECDEF, and Medal of Honor receipents. I had the honor of saluting Col. Bud Day, the highest decorated Air Force officer still living, earlier this year. We probably are supposed to salute the secretaries of the military departments too, but I'd have to look that one up. As the saying goes, if in doubt, whip it out.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:35 am

Quoting CF188A (Reply 16):
Never was I taught in any of my basic courses that you salute a hearse as it passes by . That might be a personal preference , however in uniform with head dress, never have I heard of saluting a dead civilian, I am quite positive this is not true.

Then I suggest you read the appropriate section of A-PD-201-000/PT-000 CF Manual of Drill and Ceremonial. Chapter 1, Sect 2 pay particular attention to Paragraphs 9 thru 15, 17 & 23, and also Chapter 11 in its entirety.
I am sure it was all covered on your BMQ, if not there is something missing in your units training.
BTW the whole post is about civilians saluting military personnel be they alive or dead.

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:20 am

Here in the UK:

Civilians generally do not salute over here, not that I've seen at-least , although it's not illegal or anything, it's simply seen as a military thing.

In cadets (and I believe the actual armed forces too), a salute by a military person can only bee taken when they have their head-dress on, and so if they do not have head-dress on, they don't salute, the same also applies when you salute an officer, if there's no head-dress on the officer, as far as I know, you do not have to salute them.
Second, you do not salute or return a salute when driving a form of transport (bike, motorbike, car etc) no matter what (as you could lose control of the vehicle).
Thirdly, you only wear head-dress when you are wearing uniform footwear, and so do not wear head-dress if you are wearing trainers or civi shoes, therefore, if you wear civi shoes, you don't wear head-dress and don't salute.
Fourthly, you do not wear head-dress when off duty, in a mess or when outside of a military base (except on parades etc), and so do not salute outside of a military base, because you shouldn't have your head-dress on.

Basically, when I wear my uniform (I'm in the cadets), I salute only when in full uniform and to an officer wearing head-dress when i'm on base or on duty.
We only salute officers, not basic soldiers, officer cadets, Warrent Officers or NCO's at any time.

Oh, and you don't return a salute to a non military person except to ex serviceman or woman with their head-dress on during a special occasion (like the Falklands 25yr celebration that happened recently here)

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 7:18 am

Just to add to Wrightbrothers' post (mostly correct)... and being ex-Army....

Civilians in the UK don't salute, even (generally) if they are ex-military (however this is not to say that they can't - there's no law against it.

As a military person you would not salute when in civilian dress or when you are not wearing head-dress (generally when you are indoors). However you would salute a senior officer if you were in uniform even if they were in civilian dress or even not wearing head-dress.

The bit about not wearing head-dress outside of a military base is not correct.. the only time you generally remove head-dress when in uniform is indoors.
 
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Fri Jul 20, 2007 8:51 am

Hi  Smile

Quoting RTFM (Reply 23):
Just to add to Wrightbrothers' post (mostly correct)... and being ex-Army....

Civilians in the UK don't salute, even (generally) if they are ex-military (however this is not to say that they can't - there's no law against it.

As a military person you would not salute when in civilian dress or when you are not wearing head-dress (generally when you are indoors). However you would salute a senior officer if you were in uniform even if they were in civilian dress or even not wearing head-dress.

The bit about not wearing head-dress outside of a military base is not correct.. the only time you generally remove head-dress when in uniform is indoors.

Ahh, the army do things slightly different to us cadets, we do have to remove head dress when off base unless we're on duty (parades etc) and I'm not 100% sure about the officer out of dress issue, bit of a grey area, but thanks for the army view  Smile

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:32 am

Quoting RTFM (Reply 23):
the only time you generally remove head-dress when in uniform is indoors.

In the OTC, we were to remove our head-dress when having a smoke. I guess smoking in full uniform just isn't cricket.  Smile

I vaguely recall that, in a situation that warrants saluting when you're on duty but not wearing head-dress (e.g. on exercise wearing your Survival Aids woolly hat), you briefly come to attention instead.
 
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Sat Jul 21, 2007 6:38 am

Quoting Oroka (Reply 18):
. You salute any and all officers, whether they are in uniform or not.

How would I know who is an officer or not when he/she is in civies?
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:46 am

Quoting Jutes85 (Reply 26):
How would I know who is an officer or not when he/she is in civies?

probably should have said "known to you" to clarify.


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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Sat Jul 21, 2007 11:28 am

Most of the officers that I know are easy going and would probably shoot a puck at me during a hockey game for saluting them while they are in civies.

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Sat Jul 21, 2007 11:32 am

Quoting DL021 (Reply 27):
probably should have said "known to you" to clarify.

Have you been reading the same book that I have been reading ?  Wink

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Sat Jul 21, 2007 1:54 pm

Quoting WrenchBender (Reply 29):
Have you been reading the same book that I have been reading ?

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:30 am

Could one of our US friends confirm something for me. I know that for the Commonwealth militaries, we never salute without head dress, but I've seen US military personnel (in uniform) routinely salute without wearing head dress. I'm assuming that is allowed per your regulations, right?
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:27 am

Perhaps if we look at the origins of the salute, it would help with what to do as long as we use common sense.
The purpose of the salute today is somewhat different from the source of the action.
In previous years, a common soldier or anything below the rank of Ensign or Misshipman was in a class by themselves and those below them quite inconsequential The Officer element had the power of God over you and some would take that to heart. Consequently the hatred towards the officer class was so profound that they would not let them come close to an officer without their hands being fastened in front or holding onto a bar in front of the Officers desk. (from there also comes the phraseology in the legal system such as the Bar association or "being called to the Bar" this referred to the bar in front of the judge.
In the Military the practice evolved where the common soldier was required to open their hands with the palm showing to declare that they were unarmed and showed no hostile intent to the senior officer.
So a salute can be as innocent as another way of saying good-day or a sarcastic gesture but in any event it is difficult being wrong or get into trouble for saluting. It is an ages long greeting or symbol of peacefull intent.
Don,t worry about it. If you salute and later appears to have been done in error, you will not get into any KaKa over it from any organization I was ever aware of and I have been saluted by a lot of people. Quite a few of them were wrongly done over the years but I was flattered and honoured, each time.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 5:38 am

Quoting Zwaving (Reply 32):
In the Military the practice evolved where the common soldier was required to open their hands with the palm showing to declare that they were unarmed and showed no hostile intent to the senior officer.

The practice began when knights would greet each other. To show that they did not have hostile intent they would raise the visor on their helmet (which resulted in the open palmed salute that the British Army uses). It further evolved so that when a knight was not wearing a helmet to show that (since most people are right handed) that they did not have a sword in their hand.
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:32 am

During my army days I served in the environs of the Pentagon. The rules there was no salutes, whatsoever, unless on a special occasion. The logic was that 20,000 or more people would spend more time saluting than working. It worked.
 
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:08 pm

I'm an officer with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Officially we are civilians (although moves are afoot to change that!) but we wear uniform, have a rigid rank structure and work very closely with the Royal Navy. On board RFAs nobody salutes, as we regard ourselves as civilian.

However, every RFA officer will find himself either working or training at a Royal Navy establishment at some point. In this case we are expected to observe their Marks Of Respect (MOR). As a junior officer I receive salutes from ratings and Petty Officers, which I must return. I am expected to salute any officer of the rank of Commander or above. Also, the RN only salute when outside, salutes are not given indoors. Likewise, hats are only to be worn outside, not indoors. General rule is, as soon as you step outside put your hat on and get ready to start saluting  Smile
 
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:54 pm

When I was in the Navy, there was a time/place to salute everyone, no matter civilian or miltary, When someone was coming onboard the ship, the OOD, or the POOW saluted to show permission was given to come aboard. C.O.'s and O-5's and above also got the ships bell rung for them.


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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Tue Oct 02, 2007 1:26 am

Quoting DL021 (Reply 1):
who are both legally in the chain of command.

Exactly, the US Pres is not a civilian. IMO.
 
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:11 pm

Yes, the President is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and is still considered a civilian. It is not the norm for regular civilians to render a military salute, however, it is a show of respect.

Military members must salute the following civilians:

1. President of the United States and equivalent members of our allied governments.
2. Vice President of the United States.
3. Secretary of Defense.
4. Deputy Secretary of Defense
5. Service Secretaries
6. State Governors

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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:53 pm

Quoting Flighty (Reply 37):
Exactly, the US Pres is not a civilian. IMO.

Did you ever hear the joke that President Reagan use to tell:

"I can't resist telling you a little story that I've just told the marine guard at the Embassy. The story has to do with saluting. I was a second lieutenant of horse cavalry back in the World War II days. As I told the admiral, I wound up flying a desk for the Army Air Force. And so, I know all the rules about not saluting in civilian clothes and so forth, and when you should or shouldn't. But then when I got this job and I would be approaching Air Force One or Marine One and those marines would come to a salute and I -- knowing that I am in civilian clothes -- I would nod and say hello and think they could drop their hand, and they wouldn't. They just stood there. So, one night over at the Commandant's quarters, Marine Commandant's quarters in Washington, and I was getting a couple of highballs, and I didn't know what to do with them. So, I said to the Commandant -- I said, '"Look, I know all the rules about saluting in civilian clothes and all, but if I am the Commander in Chief, there ought to be a regulation that would permit me to return a salute.'' And I heard some words of wisdom. He said, ''I think if you did, no one would say anything.""

Quoting Checksixx (Reply 38):
6. State Governors

I knew this when I use to be in the USANG... but does this also apply to active duty soldiers?

Because state governors do not fall under my chain of command.

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Your men have to follow your orders. They don't have to go to your funeral.
 
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Sat Oct 06, 2007 3:31 am

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 39):

Quoting Checksixx (Reply 38):
6. State Governors

I knew this when I use to be in the USANG... but does this also apply to active duty soldiers?

Because state governors do not fall under my chain of command.

-UH60

Yes, its a 'custom and courtesy'...as such a Medal of Honor recipient is not in your chain of command and you would still salute. Also, an officer of an allied nation would most likely not be in your chain of command and you would still salute. Come on guys, this is basic training stuff....
 
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RE: Question - Salutes, Appropriate For Civilians?

Sat Oct 06, 2007 3:53 am

Quoting Checksixx (Reply 40):
Yes, its a 'custom and courtesy'...as such a Medal of Honor recipient is not in your chain of command and you would still salute. Also, an officer of an allied nation would most likely not be in your chain of command and you would still salute. Come on guys, this is basic training stuff....

And when in doubt, Salute.


A little story:
The ship I was on went reserve(hated it--another story), so we "hosted" Midshipmen for 2 week cruises in the summer. The first year middies slept in enlisted berthing, 3rd year in the wardroom. We had a cocky middie in our berthing once, wanted a middle rack, didn't want to clean etc.... Even said aloud that we were supposed to salute him as he was the same rank as a Warrant Officer. So we did what any good bunch enlisted guys would do---PINK-BELLY. He was screaming so loud that they heard him on the bridge(on an FFG, Combat Systems berthing was 4 decks straight down from the bridge) and sent the BMOW to see what was happening. Needless to say, when the BMOW retuned and told the OOD and CO they busted out laughing. He never back talked, and started to treat us with some respect after that. And the next morning at quarters(muster for you ground pounders) we were told not to hurt the middies .

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