Posted on Aug 8, 2020
ENS Student Naval Aviator (Sna)
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I am a prior service Marine currently attending Navy OCS.
I had a Sergeant in the Marines that was pretty much my mentor when I was a junior. We deployed together and later on he became one of my greatest friends in the Marines. He is now going to school to become a doctor and no longer serving on active duty or in the reserves.
Can I still ask him to render me my first salute? Would he be required (or even allowed) to wear his old uniform for the ceremony? (Assuming it still fits xD)
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CSM Darieus ZaGara
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If the command has no issue it should not be a problem. It must be the dress uniform, and while grooming standards cannot be enforced, it is highly recommended that all who wear the uniform comply with that services grooming standards, hair, mustache, etc.
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MAJ Audiology
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Yes it’s your ceremony. I had a retired master sgt from the Air Force I worked with and respected give me my first salute as an officer.
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1LT Staff Nurse
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The best people to ask are your cadre but if it’s anything like Army ROTC commissioning at my alma mater it would be acceptable. One new 2LT received her first salute from her CW3 father.
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PFC Jeffrey Herrington
I appreciate the kind words Mr. Herrington. I had my younger brother (active SGT) do my first salute. My father (retired Major) did my oath of office.
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