many Enlisted guys who hated to salute officers. They would duck out of
the path of an oncoming Officer or go completely out of their way to avoid
not the case for me.
Early in my
enlistment and before going to Vietnam, I was returning from the laundry
with my clean starched Utilities, when suddenly a Brigadier General
appeared in my peripheral and heading in my direction. I had both hands
full so I gave way and came to attention, but I didn’t Salute.
while later the SGT Major flagged me down and read me the riot act for not
saluting the general. After a major ASS chewing, the SGT Major told me
something that stayed with me the rest of my Enlistment.
Major said "I know saluting can sometimes be a pain in the ass but look at
this way and Saluting will become very enjoyable".
Enlisted man, you are required to Salute all officers, regardless of rank
or branch of service".
regulation requires that an Officer return every Salute, in the same manor
as presented. If an enlisted person does not feel as though the returned
salute was appropriate based on regulation, you can require another
places you, the Enlisted Man, in control of every Salute exchange, the
snappier your Salute is, the snappier the Return Salute has to be".
about this for a while and it made sense. From that point on, I really
enjoyed Saluting officers.
became an MP, I developed a sort of “Wave through Salute System” for
traffic duty. It was a sure fire system whereby you could keep the proper
traffic flow and at the same time never Fuck up and miss saluting an
It was your
basic wave through except I would bring my hand up and finish with a
Shit, I had
everyone saluting me, Sailors, Officers Wives, Officers Kids, even
civilian base workers.
civilian workers initiated their first “Sentry of the Month” program, I
received the honors.
advice to the Active Duty Marines is to Salute sharply and Salute often.
Salute is the Enlisted persons most powerful tool for both showing and
I Salute you all