Posted on Nov 3, 2013
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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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Sgt William Coffee
Sgt William Coffee
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Did some of you skip out on the "Rules and regulations" class.Enlisted personnel are expected to salute any officer rank. Officers will salute an officer of higher rank. Pretty simple.
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SFC William Allen
SFC William Allen
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LTC Shewbert, you nailed it right on the head. Personally, I feet that any NCO who cops an attitude where he wouldn't recognize a LT's authority or rank is not much of an NCO and is letting his attitude get in the way of doing his job. Young LT's are just like a young E1 Private in that he should be taught how to do the job. Besides, what's the cost of showing a little respect? Nothing!
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1SG Kenneth Talkington Sr
1SG Kenneth Talkington Sr
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I believe the standard is to salute all officers, colors and standards appointed above me. So in my estimation a 2LT should salute a 1LT. At least that is how it was when I was on active duty.
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MSG 1st Sergeant
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Plain and simple Salute. Nothing more has to be said about this. Everyone Questions something without the gumption to even check what the regulation actually means. Just my 2 cents worth. 1SG
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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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Sgt Ronald Paden
Sgt Ronald Paden
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So well said this is what it is all about it takes respect to get it. If you demand that others respect you as a condition you will never get it.
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Well said, MG (Join to see) . Well said, MG Bosse. Sir, I consider it a privilege to salute my commanding officers. I would not be here today if not for their mentorship or leadership lessons that they have taught me, that I'm working to pass down to our future army leaders.
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LTC Meloni Beauchamp
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The SGM at my ROTC was RIF'd after Vietnam and returned as an E-7 retiring later as a SGM. He saluted me (2LT) while he was still on active duty and we ran into each other at Ft. Lewis. I was with some National Guard NCOs that were amazed that a SGM would salute a lieutenant. I explained that it was because he was a professional and respected the rank. He retired from the Army (still stationed with ROTC) in 1991, passed away in 2015 at age 73 and had at least 26 former cadets at his celebration of life because of the impact and role-modeling he provided to cadets for many, many years. Others would have attended had there been more notice given.
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CPL James S.
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IOW MG (Join to see) - lead by example!
Hoo-rah
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SFC Combat Support Team Senior Enlisted Leader
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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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SPC Tobor Dabot
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"It warmed my little NCO heart." really wow didnt know NCO's had hearts *G*
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SFC William Allen
SFC William Allen
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SPC Tobor Dabot - I always tell people that the part of my brain that registered insults was surgically removed when I became an E7.
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CWO4 Will Bush
CWO4 Will Bush
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That's the major difference between Army & Navy. We are all Chief Warrant Officer's (Commissioned CWO2 to CW05). Army has nonc-commissioned WO1's. Also, you must be a CPO, SCPO or MCPO (E7, D8, E9) to apply for the Chief Warrant Officer program. This is why our CWO's have so much respect by the enlisted community especially the Chief's community, we came from their ranks and they can't fool us. PS I was also a Commanding Officer as a CWO4 and had Army, Navy & Air-Force personnel (Joint Command) and we had a super team of Army, Navy, Air Force.
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SFC Shawn Harris
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Lead by example!
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