Topics: Military, Armed forces, Soldier Pages: 2 (1065 words) Published: April 16, 2015
Hello, good evening, how are you. These are examples of greetings, simple as they may be; they are representations of a larger concept. This concept is one easily overlooked in this day and age, what I speak of is the concept of customs and courtesies, these subjects are of tantamount importance not only for daily interactions, but the harmonious workings of any business or entity that incorporates multiple people from differing backgrounds. It isn't a difficult concept to grasp, however, there are those of us who have forgotten to render proper courtesy to those around us, in extreme circumstance this simple and common mistake can have dire consequences.

In both the civilian and military world, customs and courtesies play a vital role in allowing the smooth function of the system populated by personnel of differing beliefs and upbringings. No matter their country of origin or station in life, all people have the right to respect and decency from another person, this should not only be courtesy paid to someone, but a part of one's customs. Merriam- Webster defines custom as a traditional and widely accepted way of behaving or doing something that is specific to a particular society, place, or time. This is a simple and easily understandable definition that requires little explanation in order to be followed and put into practice. In the United States Army FM 7-21.13 Chapter 4, paragraph 4-2, the definition is much the same, in this way we see an example of the common universal definition and expectations of individuals when dealing with other people in any given situation. An example of military customs; is to never criticize a military leader in public, another example would be to never run inside or pretend not to hear reveille or retreat playing in order to not have to render a salute, furthermore if you don't know the answer to a superiors question do not answer with " I don't know." Rather answer with "I'm not sure but I will find out sergeant." In...
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