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#1 Pen

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Posted 01 May 2017 - 05:54 PM

I'm working on a military themed story and I would like to get some things accurate.

 

At what rank does an officer NOT have to return salute or in what situation would an officer not have to return a salute to someone?

 

 

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How are things to be done if a parent/spouse/sibling is the ranking officer? Could they interact as such? How might that play out?



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 06:25 AM

I'm no expert, but I believe all officers return a salute. It's about respect. As for the family element, I don't know.



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 06:59 AM

I know what you mean. But I've seen things where a really high ranking officer would straight up walk past someone and not return a salute. Or others who are merely in the room snap to attention and salute as the officer is entering or walking by.

 

Now if they were standing in front of him and salute, he'll return the salute. But I'm only noticing that super high ranking officers are the ones doing this.



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 07:04 AM

I think you're right.



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Posted 02 May 2017 - 08:02 AM

Well I'm still not sure. That's just what I've seen in documentaries. I was hoping that a few members here on this site who are in the military might be able to better explain things.

 

And maybe he was supposed to but didn't.



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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:01 PM

You might find this helpful:

 

http://www.armystudy...-saluting.shtml

 

It provides a few examples of the situations it seeks to explain. I'm sure that there are official govt docs you could find as well.



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Posted 15 May 2017 - 03:35 PM

I remember my Dad (a Naval Aviator) always yelling at the TV when a character in a movie saluted in a combat situation. If you salute a superior in a combat area, it tells a sniper who to shoot.


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