Customs and Courtesies

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Customs and courtesies have be instilled in the United States Army since it's founding in 14 Jun 1775. Ranging from saluting to singing there are a variety of customs and courtesies followed by service members of the United States Army. There are many traditions that have been established over the long history of the United States Army. These many traditions can be broken into numerous customs and courtesies. First, I will attempt to explain what customs and courtesies are defined as. Secondly I will tell what each one means to me, and why I believe they are important to the Armies core values.

A custom by definition is "1.) A habitual practice; the usual way of acting in given circumstances. 2.) a practice so long established that it has the force of law." Customs are used widely by the army, and used mostly to show respect in one form or another. Some customs include: Saluting Officers, saluting the flag, punctuality, walking to the left of those with greater rank etc. Many Army customs have been around for hundreds of years. They represent established practices that are positive and negative. A number of Army customs reinforce practices required by Army courtesy. Violating some customs, such as offering excuses or deliberately turning away to avoid rendering a hand salute, merely show a soldier's lack of discipline. Violating others, such as being in uniform while intoxicated or publicly criticizing superiors, can lead to punishment. Army customs are what separate those in the United States Army from civilians. While civilians have their own customs they honor, they are far different from those in the United States Army. They contribute to almost every Army value including Duty, Loyalty, and most importantly Respect. Customs have been and always will remain in the Army as a guideline for how soldiers should act while in service.

Courtesies by definition are " Excellence of manners or social conduct; polite behavior. ". Military courtesy conveys respect...
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