Posted on Nov 3, 2013
1LT Infantry Officer
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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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PO3 Rod Arnold
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Jerry Rivas
Jerry Rivas
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CPL James Smith - I'm sorry.....But your 1st sgt was wromg. My dad was a first Sgt and in Viet Nam, He saluted 2nd LTs who werent even born when He was in North Africa, Scicily, Italy, Normandy.....etc. He did it out of respect for the rank, NOT the man.
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CPL James Smith - Very unfortunate and unbecoming for a "1st Sgt." as that cultivates an unhealthy mentality among the people he/she impacts...
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CW5 Bruce Watts - When I was a 2LT in Iraq a major walked up to me in the middle of Baghdad and asked why I didn't salute him. We were pulled over because our convoy had encountered an IED in the road. I saw what appeared to be someone watching us and I was talking to some of the soldiers about it when he walked up. That idiot really wanted me to salute him. So I did!!
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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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1LT Rich Voss
1LT Rich Voss
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MG - Exactly sir ! I began the officer part of my service in '67 and we were ALL LTs. Company CO's, XO's, BN and BDE staff officers, it was during Viet Nam and all the CPTs had either left (or were leaving) the service, OR getting sent to 'Nam. So, we indeed saluted each other. By rank and position. Most of us in my unit were young and single and we joked about it in the Officer's Club, but we never wanted our men to think we were lax about respect for each other !
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SP5 Jeannie Carle
SP5 Jeannie Carle
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LTC Jr Hutto - SO well said! Thank you. Customs and Courtesy are just that - I don't understand ANYone fussing about doing what they're supposed to do. Seriously - how damned HARD is it to just salute? It takes 5 seconds out of your life. Just do it.
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TSgt Gary McPherson
TSgt Gary McPherson
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As a former Marine(Retired USAF)I saw 2lt salute 1st Lt.I also saw 1st lt salute 1st lt when one held a higher position such as a Company commander.Saw Capts salute other capt due to position..In the USAF I saw it but not often.Of course I was not looking for it.I agree with the MG all the way.
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I can honestly say, I never encountered a 1L that I had to salute, mainly because we were walking out of the building together. I would salute officers that outranked me and I was saluted by enlisted and WOs. If as a 2LT I had come upon a 1LT, I would have saluted him or her. Just as when I was a 1LT the 2LTs saluted me.
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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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Col Daniel Henkel
Col Daniel Henkel
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You are due the salute based on rank! - You earn respect based on leadership!
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COL Bill Stoltzfus
COL Bill Stoltzfus
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In a similar example I was commissioned 2LT after being an SP6 for about a year. I saw 2 of my WO pilot unit members that had been unaware of the pending action; within 1 hour of my promotion. After a quick second look they each smartly saluted and congratulated me. They had always respected me as an enlisted soldier prior to this day, and I have them each the traditional $1 for the first salute given.
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My first salute as a WO1 was from a SGM. It was easily the proudest and most confusing moment of my life.

That said, I have had to walk Junior NCO's back to a 2LT to force them to salute.
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CPT Daniel Cox
CPT Daniel Cox
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My first salute as a Second Lieutenant was the ROTC Tac NCO. He collected a Silver Dollar from each of us upon commissioning. I was honored to have Merlin Olsen (L.A. Rams and NFL Hall of Famer, Actor, and a top ROTC Cadet who was deemed too big to be commissioned, even though he was the Cadet Battalion Commander at Utah State University and Top Five Cadet Nationally) pin my bars on one side with my mom on the other.
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