Posted on Oct 22, 2019
LTJG Judge Advocate General's Corps Officer
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Recently I was on an air force base in uniform (to tend to some official business). On several occasions, I walked past air force enlisted personnel and they did not salute me. I always thought you’re supposed to salute officers regardless of what branch they were. I was in khakis, and perhaps they didn’t recognize that I was an officer. Should I have corrected this? I didn’t say anything; I just let it be.
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MSG Gary Eckert
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That fact that it happened several times concerns me. Were you close to the flight line or did you notice if the airmen were missing their headgear? Often there are no salute/no headgear areas. In the future if you are uncertain about whether to make a correction, pull aside one of the NCOs and ask. If the airmen were in the wrong, the guy with stripes will fix that.
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No, it was walking to and from buildings. Not near the flight line.
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This is good advice, thank you.
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Sir...not just yes, but HELL YES.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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Yes. Make the on the spot correction. Were you in SDB? That can be confusing. Simple developmental on the spot correction. Don't have to be a fire breather..Just stop them and Ask them if they know what a Naval Officer looks like.

If you were in khaki or utilities it should have been obvious.
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Yes I was in khakis. I actually think it would have been more obvious if I was in SDB because my cover has a gold chin strap. As it went, I had a garrison cap on (and I’m a staff corps officer so only one collar device is a rank insignia; the other is a JAG device). Still, I now know how to teach them. Thanks sir.
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LTC Jason Mackay
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LTJG (Join to see) - SDB with the stripes on the cuff Is not intuitive. The Headgear, with simply a gold braid, unlikely. Maybe if you were a field grade officer with scrambled eggs, maybe. The AF doesn't do scrambled eggs, they have farts and darts on their service cap brim. Khaki's with shiny rank? That's just rectal cranial entrapment.

In case they go brain dead. AFI 34-1204 on page 61 tells them to salute officers of other services...https://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/af_a1/publication/afi34-1201/afi34-1201.pdf

It doesn't matter what branch, this is a DOD wide policy, ref in the AFI.
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