When to Salute

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When to salute Army personnel in uniform is required when you meet and recognize persons entitled by rank. Do not solute, when it is inappropriate or impractical, like in public conveyances such as planes and buses, in public places such as inside theaters, or when driving a vehicle. Salute is also rendered:

(1) When the United States National Anthem, "To the Color," "Hail to the Chief," or foreign national anthems are played. (2) To uncase National Color outdoors.
(3) On ceremonial occasions.
(4) At reveille and retreat ceremonies, during the raising or lowering of the flag. (5) During the sounding of honors.
(6) When pledging allegiance to the US flag outdoors.
(7) When turning over control of formations.
(8) When rendering reports.
(9) To officers of friendly foreign countries.
Salutes are not required when:
(1) Indoors, except when reporting to an officer or when on duty as a guard. (2) A prisoner.
(3) When is saluting is obviously inappropriate? Is when, a person carrying articles with both hands, or being otherwise so occupied as to make saluting impracticable, is not required to salute a senior person or return the salute to a subordinate. In any case not covered by specific instructions, the salute is rendered. (4) Either the senior or the subordinate is wearing civilian clothes is reporting Indoors. When reporting to an officer in his office, the soldier removes his headgear, knocks, and enters when told to do so. He approaches within two steps of the officer’s desk, halts, salutes, and reports, "Sir (Ma’am), Private Jones reports." The salute is held until the report is completed and the salute has been returned by the officer. When the business is completed, the soldier salutes, holds the salute until it has been returned, executes the appropriate facing movement, and departs. When reporting indoors while carrying a weapon in your hands, by a sling or holster. The procedure is the same except that the headgear is not removed and the soldier...
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