Posted on Apr 20, 2016
PO3 Master-at-Arms
67.2K
442
105
18
18
0
Avatar_feed
Responses: 55
SSgt Dan Montague
74
74
0
It is out of respect. We as a military are questioning our customs and courtesies too much. We are built on traditions. That is what makes us unique. is it really that big of a deal to salute a retired officer? Hell i'm just a retired SSgt. When I go through the gate the guard always says "have a nice day SSgt" I don't expect it, but it is out of respect.
Many years ago when Marines could get gas in town while wearing cammies, I saw a car pull in with blue sticker and an elderly driver at the wheel. I saluted him as he drove by. He walked over to me to thank me. Turns out he was the 1st Mar Div commander years before.
(74)
Comment
(0)
PO1 Lyndon Thomas
PO1 Lyndon Thomas
9 mo
Absolutely SSgt. who does it hurt or harm to show an ounce of respect to someone who's earned it. When I did security police at the gate, I saluted every retired member who came through my gate. I am honored to have served and have Great respect to those who've served with me and alongside me. If you wear the uniform, or even if you're retired....Salute!
(2)
Reply
(0)
PO1 Lyndon Thomas
PO1 Lyndon Thomas
9 mo
I really don't understand the mentality of military personnel today. They have little or no sense of Code Honor Commitment Courage and RESPECT for the uniform. Yes, technology has made our forces more tech savvy and less Front-line Close support hand to had combat centered experience and therefore they don't have that background. But, respect for the uniform and all who wear it should be Basic during Basic and Never ever forgotten! Soldiers Salute, Period!
(2)
Reply
(0)
1LT George Aggott
1LT George Aggott
8 mo
When at patriotic events such as the Memorial Day parade, and I am in my old uniform getting ready to march with other veterans; if I see an officer of higher rank active or veteran, I salute him or her out of respect. At times I have been saluted by enlisted or NCO both Army or another branch of service. I do thank them and appreciate a salute they don't have to do.
(1)
Reply
(0)
MAJ James Fitzgerald
MAJ James Fitzgerald
1 mo
SSG Montague...I take issue with one thing you said. ‘I’m just a retired SSG.’ You are a retired Marine Corps NCO. That is not deserving of ‘just a’ description. I do not think you think of yourself or meant it that way, but it caught my eye when reading your post. Respect is reciprocal and when a salute is not returned, it is simply not acceptable on the officer’s part.
(1)
Reply
(0)
Avatar_small
SGM Mikel Dawson
62
62
0
Give me just ONE good reason not to show respect? This is what makes the Brotherhood-of-Arms the largest. I give the common courtesy every time!!
(62)
Comment
(0)
SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
3 y
I agree 100% and there is no reason not to show that respect. Also when exchanging salutes I take a lot of pride in rendering a proper salute and further demonstrating my respect for My .respect for My Brothers and Sister in arms !
(4)
Reply
(0)
Avatar_small
SN Greg Wright
51
51
0
What does a salute cost you? 1/10000th of a calorie? Vs. possibly offending someone, and definitely not showing respect that's owed?
(51)
Comment
(0)
SSgt Forensic Meteorological Consultant
SSgt (Join to see)
4 y
Good point and very true. I think now more than ever. Afterall, respect for our Military has been encouraged by the White House. Holding umbrellas for enemies of America, it is time we understand our liberties and respect for others. SN Greg Wright
(4)
Reply
(0)
Cpl Silas Luttrell
Cpl Silas Luttrell
4 mo
At 1/10000th of a calorie, how many salutes does one have to render to lose 20 pounds? Asking for a friend.
(0)
Reply
(0)
Avatar_small

Join nearly 2 million former and current members of the US military, just like you.

close