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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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Posted 02 November 2017 - 03:51 PM

I've seen things where a really high ranking officer would straight up walk past someone and not return a salute. 

 

Ah yes, in the military that is known as "being a dick".  It shows disrespect to the lower ranking person.  The higher ranking person always returns the salute, unless they are being a dick, or they have some other reason for not acknowledging the salute.  

 

> Or others who are merely in the room snap to attention and salute as the officer is entering or walking by.

 

That's known as "calling the room".  Usually an adjutant will proceed to enter a room before a Colonel (or General) and announce that the officer is entering.  He'll say "standby", and then as the col/general enters the room they will call "room attention".  At which point everyone stands up until told to sit down.  Usually this only happens with generals, or for the CO of the unit.  Since this practice is performed indoors, no one will salute.  Salutes only happens outdoors.  



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Posted 20 January 2018 - 05:44 AM

An officer is stuck saluting pretty much everyone unless the other person is the same rank. People below the officers rank with throw a salute at him and he will return it. He he is passing someone of a higher rank, he will throw a salute and the higher officer will return it. If the officer is not wearing a hat and someone salutes him, he will brace up, but will not salute without a hat. If he is on parade and with a rifle, there is a different type of salute given, as the right hand will be on the rifle. At least that is how it is in Australia


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Posted 27 February 2018 - 11:25 AM

Hi,

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An officer always salutes back, unless, as stated previously, she/he is an asshole or doesn’t see the salute. Could also be busy talking and walking, etc.
In a combat theater salutes are prohibited as a rule, but there can be exceptions (inside in a formal meeting in a secured hard structure) and it really depends on the commander’s policies. In Iraq we had some seriously malfunctioning officers who wanted a salute and in that instance both him/her and us could become targets. Never underestimate stupidity, especially in the military.

On second question; keep it professional and most likely family members will be separated to different units to prevent conflicts of interest.

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