Q6. As an enlisted person, who should you salute?
Q7. What procedure should you follow when
boarding a ship that is flying the national ensign?
Q8. As a sentry at a gangway, when should you
render a salute?
Q9. List the three rifle salutes.
Q10. Define the term honors.
Q11. Name the passing honors for the President of the
Q12. A ruler of a country recognized by the United
States rates which of the following gun salutes?
Learning Objective: When you finish this chapter, you
will be able to
Identify the procedures for conducting colors,
performing military courtesies, handling the
Ensign and Union Jack, and boarding.
Ceremonies are formal acts performed on public
occasions. There are too many types of ceremonies and
too many occasions when they are performed to include
them all here. Instead, you will learn about some of the
common situations involving a formal ceremony and
the behavior required of you during the event.
At commands ashore and aboard ships of the Navy
not under way, the ceremonial hoisting and lowering of
the national flag at 0800 and sunset are known as
morning and evening colors. Every Navy shore
command, and every ship not under way, performs the
ceremony of colors twice a day.
You will render honors as follows:
If you are in ranks, you will be called to attention
or order arms.
If you are in uniform but not in ranks, face the
colors and give the hand salute.
If you are driving a vehicle, stop and sit at
attention but do not salute.
If you are a passenger in a boat, remain at
attention, seated or standing. The boat officer or
coxswain salutes for the boat.
If you are in civilian clothes or athletic uniform,
face the colors at attention and salute by placing
your right hand over your heart.
Aboard Navy ships or naval shore activities, when
the national ensign is hoisted and lowered or
half-masted for any occasion, the motions of the senior
officer present are followed. Five minutes before
morning and evening colors, the PREPARATIVE