Posted on May 24, 2016
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I'm about to be direct commissioned into the Army's Medical Service Corps. I have more than 14 yrs of prior service, but I took a 2 yr break to finish the courses I needed to apply to the program. I've always liked the tradition of the "silver dollar salute" and I would like to my brother to be on the other end of the salute,however, I'll be in civies so is it still appropriate to render a salute?
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Although saluting the flag while in civilian clothing is appropriate, your commissioning ceremony is formal and earns the respect of being in uniform. As you will need to buy your uniform anyway, I recommend the following:

1. Get a haircut and a shave!
2. Get a uniform
3. If your recruiter is an officer, please ask him for an introduction to his/her Senior NCO
4. Prior to your commissioning ceremony, present yourself to the Senior NCO for corrections
5. Attend the ceremony with the grace and dignity you learned as an NCO
6. Pay for your first salute with a silver dollar (you can find one on Ebay for about $20)

Finally, I went through this same ceremony as an NCO. I attended the commissioning board as an NCO and left the board as an officer. When I returned to my unit (an NCO Academy) to out-process and render my first salute, my fellow NCO instructors accepted my salute and I passed out 6 silver dollars. Welcome to the Medical Service Corps. Feel free to stay in touch, if you would like a retired MSC as a mentor.
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COL (Join to see) - Sounds like me just before I retired...my last year was hell....hehehehehe
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MAJ Rene De La Rosa
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Agree with you, sir. It definitely is a once on a lifetime things that will happen in your life. You should be proud of your accomplishment.
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MAJ (Join to see) I agree, this hapless MAJ probably needs the mentoring as well.
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MAJ Rene De La Rosa - Feel free to contact me in a private message. Always happy to help.
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I think you should be in uniform when the silver dollar salute (first salute as an officer) is rendered.
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MAJ Jeff Coulter
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For an informal ceremony such as the one you describe, it would not be inappropriate to be saluted in civilian clothes and the first salute always merits the silver dollar!
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