In formation, except on command.
On a work detail (the person in charge of the
When engaged in athletics or assembled for
recreation or entertainment.
When carrying articles with both hands, or
otherwise occupied making saluting imprac-
In public places where saluting is obviously
inappropriate (theaters, restaurants, elevators,
In public transportation.
In action or under simulated combat conditions.
When a member of a guard is engaged in
performance of a duty that prevents saluting.
At mess (when addressed, stop eating and show
When guarding prisoners.
Honors are salutes rendered to individuals of
merit, such as recipients of the Medal of Honor, to
high-ranking individuals, to ships, and to nations.
The type of honors rendered depends upon who or
what is being saluted. Passing honors are rendered by
a ship to other ships and to boats having officials
embarked. Side honors are rendered to officials or
officers as they board and depart a Navy ship. Gun
salutes are rendered to high-ranking individuals, to
nations, and to celebrate national holidays. Honors
are not rendered to nations or officials of nations not
recognized by the United States. Officials and
officers who request that the honors be dispensed
with do not receive them.
PASSING HONORS.Passing honors are honors
(other than gun salutes) rendered on occasions when
ships, officials or officers pass in boats or gigs, or are
passed (flag officers or above) close aboard. Close
aboard means passing within 600 yards for ships and
400 yards for boats. Passing honors between ships,
consisting of sounding Attention and rendering the
hand salute by all persons in view on deck and not in
ranks, are exchanged between ships of the Navy and
between ships of the Navy and the Coast Guard passing
Signals for the actions required to be
performed by personnel are as follows:
One blastAttention (to starboard)
Two blastsAttention (to port)
One blastHand salute
Two blastsEnd salute
Three blastsCarry on
Signals are given by police whistle on small
ships and by bugle on large ships.
On the signal of Attention, all hands in view on
deck (starboard or port as indicated by number of blasts)
come to attention and face outboard. At the sound of one
blast, all hands in view and not in ranks salute. (When
personnel are in ranks, only the division officer and the
division petty officer salute; all other persons stand at
attention.) At two blasts, persons saluting bring their
hands back to their sides but remain at attention until
three blasts are sounded.
For boats passing honors, flag officers, unit
commanders, or commanding officers in uniform
embarked in boats are saluted by all persons on the
Passing honors for the President of the United
States and for rulers of foreign nations include manning
the rail. Manning the rail consists of the ships company
lining up at regular intervals along all weather deck
rails. Normal saluting procedures are followed.
Having the crew at quarters when the ship is
entering or leaving port is a less formal ceremony than
manning the rail. The crew is paraded at quarters on
ceremonial occasions, such as