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AR 600-25 Military Customs and Courtesies


❶If you are armed, however, do not remove your headgear.

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We must not forget or dismiss any of them, as we contribute our part to this great and powerful Army. This is evident from the successes and shortcomings we have experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Many of our young NCOs are not exposed to many of our customs and courtesies and as a result often pay the price for that ignorance.

Some are informal norms customs that are rules not written in any books that accompany the position or grade for which they hold. Informal norms come in many forms, like being present for NCO professional development sessions, and ensuring it is the focus when on the training schedule at any level. This is an event freely sharing learning and knowledge. This is a great opportunity to see how others execute ceremonies, traditions, and customs. By doing so, you often find that there is something you can incorporate into the programs within your unit.

Informal norms were once explained in older field manuals. Most of these regulations have been updated and some terms we once used have been dropped or renamed; however, the responsibilities of the customs live on through the continuity of our more senior leaders. My advice is for you to start by educating yourself through reading and getting involved in some of our elite organizations such as the Sergeant Audie Murphy or Morales Club and by doing, not waiting for the schoolhouse or the NCOES system to introduce our history to you.

Once you have been educated, share what you have learned. Volunteer to execute some of the events you discover in your unit. Not only do you expose others to our heritage, but you also instill a sense of pride in those around you. You spark curiosity in others and it becomes infectious. Young Soldiers get interested in areas where there was little prior involvement and then we all get better. I have listed just a few areas where you should take the time to educate yourself in some of the more common customs and courtesies that may be alive and well within your organization.

Lastly find a good mentor. There are plenty of senior leaders across our Army who are willing to take the time to coach, teach and mentor good sergeants looking to make a difference in our Army. To preserve what so many have fought to create for us, their knowledge must be passed on.

It is incumbent upon you to make the initial step and seek them out. It is the responsibility of each and everyone one of us to preserve the history of our Army. The following is a list of documents and websites that I recommend you take the time to research on this topic. Skip to main content Press Enter. The distinction between civilian and military courtesy is that military courtesy was developed in a military atmosphere and has become an integralpart of serving in uniform.

Military courtesy is not a one-way street. Enlisted personnel are expected to be courteous to officers, and officers are expected to return the courtesy. Mutual respect is a vital part of military courtesy.

In the final analysis, military courtesy is the respect shown to each other by members of the same profession. Commissioned officers and to a lesser extent, warrant officers run the U. They are the top dogs. As such, they're always addressed politely, using sir or ma'am. In the Marine Corps, Air Force, and the first couple weeks of Coast Guard basic training, instructors are also addressed as sir or ma'am.

Don't overuse these terms, though. In other words, don't say something like, "Sir, I have to go to the bathroom, sir. If you're attending Army or Navy basic training, do not address your training instructor as sir or ma'am. This is guaranteed to result in a loud tirade abouthow they work for a living. Some historians believe the hand salute began in late Roman times when assassinations were common. A citizen who wanted to see a public official had to approach with his right hand raised to show that he did not hold a weapon.

Knights in armor raised visors with the right hand when meeting a comrade. This practice gradually became a way of showing respect, and, in early American history, sometimes involved removing the hat.

By , the motion was modified to touching the hat, and since then, it has become the hand salute used today. You salute to show respect toward an officer, the flag, or your country. In the Army and Navy, drill instructors are addressed by using their military rank and often their last name — for example, Chief or Staff Sergeant Smith. In Marine Corps basic training, do not use personal pronouns such as "you," "I," or "we. Instead, speak in the third person: The salute isn't simply an honor exchanged; it's a privileged gesture of respect and trust among military members.

The salute is not only prescribed by regulation, but is also recognition of each other's commitment, abilities, and professionalism. The salute is widely misunderstood outside the military. Some consider it to be a gesture of servility since the junior extends a salute to the senior, but this interpretation isn't true at all. The salute is an expression that recognizes each other as a member of the profession of arms — that they have made a personal commitment of self-sacrifice to preserve the American way of life.

The fact that the junior extends the greeting first is merely a point of etiquette — a salute extended or returned makes the same statement.

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Customs and Courtesies. Download PDF Version Download Flashcards Online Flashcards Email to a friend. 1. What Army regulation covers Salutes, honors and visits of courtesy? AR 2. Salutes are not required to be rendered or returned when the senior or subordinate, or both are what? CHAPTER 5: MILITARY CUSTOMS & COURTESIES. GENERAL. Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, his direct representative, or an individual of higher grade, including a foreign dignitary of equivalent or higher grade, but in no other case.

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Salutes, Honors, and Visits of Courtesy *Army Regulation –25 Effective 24 October History. This publication is a rapid action r e v i s i o n. customs, and visits of courtesy. Applicability. This regulation applies to t h e A c t i v e A r m y, t h e A r m y . Army Regulation –25Personnel—General Salutes, Honors, and Visits of Courtesy Headquarters Department of the Army Washington, D Scribd is the world's largest social reading and publishing site.