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HA! Haahaaaaaaaa! Oh...wait. I think I actually peed a little. Be right back.

WTF are you talking about? Saluting and the greeting of the day are mandatory. MAN-DA-TORY. It's slop like this that is stripping the military out of the military. Why not let people wear what they want to duty? Wouldn't want to make them feel like less of a snowflake because they have to be subject to the oppression of wearing rank and looking like everyone else. It might bruise their precious ego that an emasculated society has provided them. There's a place for not saluting, it's in the field. They should have PLENTY of time to save their arm strength and pride when they are knee deep in mud and sweating through their uniform while forging something useful out of what society has provided to the military.

Not saluting...you just made my heart break a little inside, marine.
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SGT Andy Hargrave
SGT Andy Hargrave
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THIS has absolutely got to be one of the dumbest thoughts out there! STOP saluting officers?! WTF is going on with today's military?! What are they enlisting a bunch of pansies now? Mama not there to clothe them and make sure they have their uniforms on straight and buttoned correctly. What a crazy idea!
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SGT Mike Ange
SGT Mike Ange
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Yea but 5 years ago it was MAN DA TORY that soldiers with a penis e use the men’s showers and latrines too.
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SSG Rick Reeder
SSG Rick Reeder
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Leave the Army the way it was! The pomp, and circumstances all have meanings. It is not arbitrary. If you don't like that, then get out. I saluted for 25 years and it didn't hurt me a damned bit. I have saluted fallen soldiers. No, you signed up, you do it properly.
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SSgt Charles Dengler
SSgt Charles Dengler
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I agree! Always salute officers and respect the rank! Everybody wants to be a General today... LOL
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Is this a joke? If it isn't, that old belief, "there are no stupid questions" was just completely disproved. And FYI-- as an enlisted person, I truly respect the role of our officers, however, I NEVER felt the need to "feel more included" with officers. #WTF
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SFC Howard Holmes
SFC Howard Holmes
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PFC Kim Howard - What's even worse PFC Howard is back during the "Cold War" era, the Chinese weren't even considered part of it. They could not afford to equip their Army. Their fighting tactics primarily consisted of attacking in massive waves and the soldiers in the trailing echelons were to just pick up the weapons, ammo and equipment of those killed in front of them. The current problem is, not only do they have a well equipped military, but the Chinese government purchased our debt. The INTEREST ALONE that WE PAY, finances their military. So we are paying them to become an industrial, financial and military threat to us. Aren't our global politicians generous with our tax money? Thank you for what you do and applying your high intellect in support of defense to our country. I know Chinese/Mandarin isn't easy.
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AA Leon Kenobbie
AA Leon Kenobbie
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PFC Jarrett Ohearn - LOL. You will remain a PFC! Do your folks know what kind of a person you are? You disrespected the entire military and those that died, making it possible for you to make that remark!
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PFC Jarrett Ohearn
PFC Jarrett Ohearn
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AA Leon Kenobbie -
what in the hell are you talking about?
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There are definitely stupid questions, asked by stupid people
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If the junior members are feeling undermined and not included it's because they don't have an understanding of the custom. It is an exchange of respect initiated by the junior, reciprocated by the senior. Seniors are just as responsible for returning a salute as juniors are for giving one.

On a related note enlisted should not feel embarrassed when accidentally saluting another enlisted member either.
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CPL Anrae Godley-Cooper
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SSgt Joseph Baptist Niiiice, Salute to you my brother in Arms.
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SSgt Joseph Baptist
SSgt Joseph Baptist
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CPL Anrae Godley-Cooper - Consider it returned - as smartly as I can manage these days (shaky hands now that I'm past 50), one NCO to another.
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SFC Tim ODonnell
SFC Tim ODonnell
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That and .35¢ Still won’t get you a cup of coffee anywhere. Take it as it comes.
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PO1 Kevin Dougherty
PO1 Kevin Dougherty
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As a USCG ET-1, I had to go onto both USN, and USAF bases on a fairly regular basis. This was in the late 70s, not long after the CG had changed uniforms, adopting the USAF blues for service dress and undress uniforms. With a gold and silver hat device and gold and silver rank insignia on my collar, it was always amusing to watch people try and figure out if they should salute me or not. If saluted I just returned the salute, it seemed the courteous thing to do.
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