Posted on May 6, 2021
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So i know this is probably common knowledge but is it appropriate to salute an officer if the officer is in uniform but your in civilian clothes? I just want to make sure i give the appropriate sign of respect to an officer and for it to be allowed.
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AR 600-25 Chapter 2, para 2-1, i:

i. Salutes are not required to be rendered or returned when the senior or subordinate or both are—
(1) In civilian attire.
(2) Engaged in routine work if the salute would interfere.
(3) Carrying articles with both hands so occupied as to make saluting impractical.
(4) Working as a member of a detail or engaged in sports or social functions where saluting would present a safety hazard.
(5) In public places such as theaters, churches, and in public conveyances.
(6) In the ranks of a formation.

However, AR 670-1 applies for grooming regulations if you're in civilian clothes on duty. That came up in a discussion yesterday.
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Beat me to it by three minutes.
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CPL Joseph Elinger
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Situational. If in civilian attire & not @ a military procession, I treat it like being in the field. You never know who's out there & I for one don't want to paint a target
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SFC Stay At Home Dad
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You are not required to salute while in civilian attire.
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PVT (Join to see) - If you want you could, a lot of officers are going to look at you funny. You'll quickly find there are more than a few officers that avoid saluting when possible and that they don't render a salute in quite the same fashion as enlisted do.
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PVT (Join to see) you'd get some strange looks and probably be told by said Officer not to salute in civvies
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1SG Chad Mcdaniel
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I know times have changed, but in 1992/93 in Korea we were required to salute officers that we recognized in or out of uniform. I was a Private then and could care less about reading regulation, I just know what we were briefed apon arriving in country.
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SPC Robert Coventry
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When I was in 1983 to 1987, I saluted in Civies and said "Rakkasan" Off point a little I remember heading to a mess hall (in civilian attire) on a Navy base in Panama and saw a chief, or senior chief with rank insignia on his chest saluted said "Rakkasan" he said what I realized it was some "funky" navy rank and said "look it up" we both chuckled and carried on.
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Edited >1 y ago
Army Regulation 600-25, Paragraph 2-1(i).
Salutes are not required to be rendered or returned when the senior or subordinate or both are—
(1) In civilian attire.
(2) Engaged in routine work if the salute would interfere.
(3) Carrying articles with both hands so occupied as to make saluting impractical.
(4) Working as a member of a detail or engaged in sports or social functions where saluting would present a safety hazard.
(5) In public places such as theaters, churches, and in public conveyances.
(6) In the ranks of a formation.

You're going to find a lot of your answers by researching the reg.
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