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John F. Kennedy MCJROTC

Military Courtesy

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     **Military Courtesy is a form of politeness in the profession of arms**
Military courtesy shows a disciplined attitude of the mind. Both discipline and courtesy stem from and contribute th espirit de corps.Miliary courtesy is shown to all ranks through proper saluting and addressing. Courtesy to the National Anthem and the Colors expresses loyalty to the United States and the Constitution.
Military Titles and Addresses: Always address all Military Officers, regardless of branch of service, or Cadet Officers by starting your conversation with the word "Sir/Ma'am" and ending you conversation with the word "Sir/Ma'am." Use "Sir" for male officers and "Ma'am" for female officers. All senior officers will address their juniors by titles and names.
  --Use shortened titles as follows: First and Second Lieutenants as "Lieutenant," Lieutenant Colonels as "Colonels," all Generals as "General," and all Admirals as "Admiral"
  --When given an order by an officer. reply "Aye, sir/ma'am," to let them know that you understand how to complete the task. When answering a question, reply with "No, sir/ma'am."
**Saluting is a military custom practiced by those who follow the profession of arms.**
All commissioned and warrant officers of all ally Military Services as well as high civilian officials entitled to honors by Navy Regulation are to be saluted when you are in uniform. (You are not required to salute when not in uniform.) The proper saluting distance is 6 to 30 paces. Only salute when you should be wearing your cover. When you are in uniform, you are required to salute individuals that you recognize as officers, even if they are not in uniform.
  --The junior cadet will salute first and use a verbel greeting. They will hold their salute until the senior cadet cuts or says "Carry on." If staying in the same area as an officer, salute, and say "By your leave, sir/ma'am." and hold salute until they reply "Carry on," or "Granted."
  --Upon the approach of an officer, a group not in formation is to be called to attention by the first individual to see the officer.
  --If you notice an officer in a car within 30 paces, you are required to salute them. Hold your salute until they cut their salute ir nod. If you are driving, you are not required to salute; it can be dangerous.
  --If you are engaged in work or play, do not salute unless spoken to directly. The person in charge of a working party should salute for the whole group.
  --If in a conversation with an officer, do not interrupt the conversation to salute an oncoming officer unless the officer you are having a conversation with salutes the oncoming officer.
  --When passing or being passed by an uncased color, salute at 6 paces and hold the salute until it is 6 paces behind you.
  --When the colors are being raised or lowered, stand at attention and face them until they are all the way to the top or bottom of the pole. If you are not in uniform, salute while at attention.
  --When reporting to an Officer or Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO), either outdoors or indoors, halt about two paces awayand give them your proper grade and name:
    "Sir/Ma'am, cadet (your rank & name) reporting as oder, sir/ma'am." (Hold your salute until he/she cuts their salute. Once your business is complete, salute again, take ine step backward, execute about face, and depart.)
  --Saluting while standing guard as a sentry: If walking stop two paces away, halt, and salute by presenting arms when you carry a rifle with a parade sling. If you are armed or sling arms, give them a hand salute.
To render honors during Colors and the playing of the National Anthem: Stop on the first note of the music if you are walking. Face the flag or the direction of music and hold a hand salute until the last note of music. (Do not salute indoors.) If in a vehicle, do not salute and remain seated at attention. If in formation, salute only on the order "Present Arms." If in civilian clothes, stand at attention, but do not salute.
  --On the first note of the Marine's Hymn, whether in or out of uniform, stand at attention and face the directions of the music. Do no salute.
Entering Vessels and Boarding Naval Vessels: When entering a vehicle or vessel, junior cadets will enter first. When leaving a vehicle or vessel, senior cadets will leave first.
  --When boarding a vessel, walk up the gangway, salute the National Ensign, salute and ask the Officer of the Day (OOD) "Request permission to come aboard sir/ma'am," then board the vessel after the OOD grants you permission."
  --When disembarking from a vessel, salute and ask the OOD "Permission to go ashore, sir/ma'am," and they give you permission, salute the National Ensign, and walk down the gangway.