Posted on Nov 3, 2013
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I have been dealing with this a lot. I have seen both ways. As per AR 600–25 the junior person should salute. I see a 1LT senior to a 2LT and I salute them. I have seen many instances where this does not happen. Most see a LT as a LT regardless of being a 1st or 2nd. How do you all feel about this?

"B. All Army personnel in uniform are required to salute when they meet and recognize persons entitled to the salute. Salutes will be exchanged between officers (commissioned and warrant) and enlisted personnel, and with personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States..."
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LTC Gene Shewbert
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I agree and support the regulation when it comes to saluting, but the truth is the salute is a time honored recognition between warriors.  It is rendered out of respect for each other and the tasks we are asked to perform.  We too often see saluting as some obligatory requirement to recognize rank.  Too often I heard Non-commissioned officers stating, "that LT is barely out of school, with my experience he should be saluting me."  When I have encountered this, I have always taken the position of your right...you have a great deal of experience and as the Trainer of Soldiers it is your responsibility to TRAIN that officer and bring him or her up to speed with their duties and skill sets....it isn't about rank...its about creating a survivable combat team.  Recognize the fact that every Soldier took an oath...put on their uniform and understands the responsibility....exchange the salute as kin warriors.
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CW2 Bruce Rodewald
CW2 Bruce Rodewald
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MSG Loren Tomblin - dumbass, should have spent some time outside the wire.....
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SGT Nickolas Ortiz
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MSG Loren Tomblin - how did you make it to Master Sergeant???
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SGT Nickolas Ortiz
SGT Nickolas Ortiz
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I don't understand the question. Should you follow regs? Well, yes. What else is there to say? How about this, young lieutenant, how about if no one salute anyone any more? Just do away with it. And, I know, scrap the UCMJ... that's out-dated, too. OR... how about you just follow your training?
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SFC Patrick Machayo
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Respect the oath and our proud military traditions. All Officers must be saluted, regardless of rank.
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When I was a young 2LT, back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth, my company commander was a 1LT. He was a great leader and a great mentor. I would have considered it disrespectful not to salute him. Less because of his rank, but more because of who he was and the position that he held. Should we feel any different about LTC's saluting COL's or BG's saluting MG's? Of course not. Each is entitled to a salute IAW military regulations and customs and courtesies. I would feel bad if I hadn't rendered a salute to that 1LT who helped me get to where I am today!
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COL Jon Lopey
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Sir: I salute you! Your response was on-target...! V/R, COL L
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CPT Laurie D. I agree with Laurie because she comments on Rally Point.
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CPT (Join to see) That’s why people don’t take AMEDD seriously.
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CPT Dennis Stevenson
CPT Dennis Stevenson
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I remember those days: "Rank among lieutenants is like virginity in whores." To add to the MG's point. The 1LT was in command of him as a 2LT. So the 1LT is deserving of a salute by hierarchy not necessarily as a LT.
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The other day I watched our Battalion CSM salute a brand new WO1 who had
just recently returned from WOCS. The WO1 looked surprised, embarrassed and
proud all at once and as for the CSM, he was doing what was right and
respectful and thought nothing else of it. It warmed my little NCO
heart. Be the example.<br>
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Cpl George Willard
Cpl George Willard
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I had U.S.M.C. Company Commander, Maj C.F. Stansberry, who had gone as far as staff Sgt, gone through the Warrants and gone as far as Major. When another Major in the Batalion tried to hold a Summary Court Marshall on some of his troops without notifying him, went to that Majors office, waited in his chair for him to show up, made him stand at attention while he"chewed him out" in the process, he let this major know that he was Junior to Maj. "Stan". I bet that Major never forgot that chewing. He certainly had the respect of his troops. We knew much better than to cross him.
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COL Jon Lopey
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That is a fine CSM - Doing the right thing and leading by example! COL L
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COL Jon Lopey
COL Jon Lopey
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CPL Willard: Great story! I knew a lot of "Mustangs" in the USMC during the Viet Nam Era and they were great Marines. Marine officers typically treated NCOs and enlisted men well in my units and to this day I think they still treat their charges with dignity and respect in the vast majority of cases. My first company commander in the USMC was 1LT Decker and he was a former enlisted SSGT. He was still periodically going to the Naval Hospital on CAMPEN to get shrapnel dug out of him from his last Viet Nam tour. Semper Fi, COL L
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Cpl George Willard
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COL Jon Lopey - Thank you, Sir. Semper Fi to you also. I personally think the respect we Marines show our NCO'S and Officers is one of the things that sets us apart. When I was in 1960-1954, Date of Rank was very important within the unit as far as seniority was concerned. It wasn't thought of for some one months junior to you to try and be "Squad bay boss" on their own, they would be reminded of their time in rank quickly and emphatically. I had no problem being subservient to someone senior to me in my grade. That is how it was in the Marines then. I hope that tradition still is kept up. Semper Fi
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