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Military Customs and Courtesies

In the Army and throughout every branch there are certain customs and courtesies that every soldier and military member must follow in order for there to be order and discipline on a daily basis. Customs and courtesies are put in to place to show respect for Non Commissioned Officers and for Officers of all rank. In this essay, I will be writing about the importance of salutes, standing at the correct position when talking to someone higher ranking than yourself, using proper language when talking to someone of a higher rank, where you should walk when walking with someone of a higher rank, as well as other customs and courtesies you find throughout the army and all other branches.

A custom is an established practice. A custom can include positive things and or actions you should do as a soldier. A custom also includes things you should not do or avoid doing as a soldier as they can be seen as disrespectful or rude to someone of the same rank or higher ranking to you. Military customs are “Common Law” and should be followed by everyone. A few examples of “don’ts” I have found are, never criticize the Army in public or your leader, never offer excuses as to why something was not done or for anything else, if you don’t know the answer to something, never answer with just I don’t know. You will not go wrong with saying “I do not know sir/ma’am/ sergeant, but I will find out and let you know as soon as I find out the answer. Do not jump your chain of command, and never “wear” your superior’s rank, don’t appear in uniform in public while intoxicated. Those are just a few examples of things to avoid that make you and the Army look cheap and unprofessional.

The salute is a gesture of respect towards officers and shows trust among soldiers. It is also given to show honor. Not only is it required by Army and military regulations, it is a way to recognize another soldier’s ability in the military to be committed and professional...
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