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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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AA Leon Kenobbie
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SPC (Join to see) - The kinder, gentler military is a smarter, better military. Do you want a kinder, gentler military? To have what YOU want while the foreign militaries are training to KILL us is to be governed by the enemy! Then you salute or die!
There is a great deal to say about honoring one's superiors. I would bet that if you lasted long enough to become an officer, you too would appreciate the honor of those looking up to you, honoring you as a leader and a seasoned veteran.

I pray you remember these rules when you become a civilian because there will be a great deal of ass-kissing and boot-licking no matter where you work if you wish to be employed—considering the salute far less demeaning than what you will endure as an employee!

Keep this in mind, DO NOT STEP ON THE TOES OF THE ASS YOU HAVE TO KISS LATER!
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SPC Gerardo Aguilar
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Wrong spot
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MSgt Earl King
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PFC Thomas Pendley - I was going to school in Tenn. a LT approached me a bit upset and asked why some troops didn't salute him, I thought about it and replied he should have corrected them but remember that these are young troops under pressure/stress trying to get a passing grade [we were in the same class]and at our graduation we shared gifts, my gift to him was two 4 by 12 inch gold bars mfg. out of cardboard with clips, he loved it, the class loved it and he said he would treasure those gold bars forever. Last time I met him he was a Full Bird COL, and he thanked me! And he still had those gold bars, mount in his office!
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MSgt Earl King
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PFC Thomas Pendley - My best rank in the Marines was as a GySgt!
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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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Sgt Luis Bonilla
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Am so hoping that these young enlisted are being taught the CUSTOMS of all military branches it’s a custom to salute to render and respect this question should have never even be brought up WTF is going on in this country
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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
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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
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AA Leon Kenobbie -
what in the hell are you talking about?
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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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NAILED IT
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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
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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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