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NOTE The salute should not be ended as though the person is waving to someone or trying to get something  off  the  fingers.  Navy  custom permits  left-hand  saluting  when  a  salute cannot be rendered with the right hand. Army and Air Force customs permit only right-hand salutes. U n d e r   n ava l   c u s t o m s ,   t h e   h a n d   s a l u t e   i s accompanied by a word of greeting. The junior stands at attention, looks the senior straight in the eye, and says (depending upon the time of day) the following: From first rising until noon “Good morning, …” From noon until sunset “Good afternoon, …” From sunset until turning in “Good evening, …” It is preferable to call the senior by grade and name; that  is,  “Commander  Jones,”  rather  than  by  the impersonal “sir” or “ma’am.” The following are some of the major points you should remember when rendering a salute: 1.  If possible, always use your right hand. Use your left hand only if your right hand is injured. Use your left hand to carry objects and to leave your right hand free to salute. 2.  Accompany  your  salute  with  a  cheerful, respectful greeting; for example, “Good morning, sir”; “Good  afternoon,  Commander  [Jones]”;  “Good evening, Chaplain [Smith]”. 3.  Always salute from the position of attention. If you are walking, you need not stop; but hold yourself erect and square. If on the double, slow to a walk when saluting. 4.  Look  directly  into  the  officer’s  eyes  as  you salute. 5.  If you are carrying something in both hands and cannot render the hand salute, look at the officer as though you were saluting and render a verbal greeting as previously described. 6.  Remove a pipe, cigar, or cigarette from your mouth or hand before you salute. 7.  Salute officers even if they are uncovered or their  hands  are  occupied.  Your  salute  will  be acknowledged  by  a  verbal  greeting,  such  as  “Good morning,” “Good afternoon,” or something similar. 8.  Army and Air Force policy, unlike the Navy’s, is to salute when uncovered. Suppose you are in an office with  several  Army  personnel,  and  all  of  you  are uncovered. An officer enters and the soldiers rise and salute. You should do likewise; to do otherwise would make you seem ill-mannered or disrespectful. 9.  If  you  are  walking  with  or  standing  by  a commissioned  officer  and  the  occasion  for  a  salute arises, do not salute until the officer salutes. Assume that you are walking with a lieutenant. A commander approaches. Do not salute the commander until the lieutenant salutes; but as soon as the lieutenant starts to salute, you should quickly do the same. 10.  When approaching an officer, start your salute far enough away from the officer to allow time for your salute to be seen and returned. This space can vary; but a distance of about six paces is considered good for this purpose. Hold your salute until it is returned or until you are six paces past the officer. 11.  Salute all officers who are close enough to be recognized as officers. It is unnecessary to identify an officer by name; however, ensure that he/she is wearing the uniform of an officer. 9-3 Student Notes: Figure 9-1.—Hand salute.



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