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FM Chapter 4, Customs, Courtesies, and Traditions

If you are involved in some duty that would be hampered by saluting, you do not need to salute. US Army units, like soldiers, have an individual service record. 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.

As the Army got smaller, posts closed and units inactivated, flags and colors moved around to ensure certain units continued. Traditions are expressed in the things we do, the uniform we wear, and the things we say. These are earned rewards for your willingness to accept greater responsibilities. As they turned the corner and approached the building, 60-0235 Robertson walked out carrying a large box. Military tradition is an interesting and often amusing subject.

AR 600-235 Assignment and Accountability of Army Personnel Appointed to Service Academies

The Campaigns of the United States Army Drums also served various military purposes in the eighteenth century, such af the regulation of firing in battle by the drummer’s beat. A sloppy salute might mean that you’re ashamed of your unit, lack confidence, or at the very least, that you haven’t learned how to salute correctly.

Many units extend this courtesy to senior NCOs, also. Simple courtesy is an important indicator of a person’s bearing, discipline, and manners.

As weapons became more lethal, with longer ranges, and required greater dispersal of units, bugles lost effectiveness a controlling units.


Never run indoors or pretend you don’t hear while driving, for example to avoid standing reveille or retreat. This practice gradually became a way of showing respect and, in early American history, sometimes involved removing the hat. It said that regiments should each have distinctive colors similar to the uniforms of the regiment and that “the Number of the Regiment is to be mark’d on the Colours, and such a Motto, as the Colonel may choose.

The placing of the United States flag on the left from the flag’s point of view rather than on the right reflected the tendency of the leaders of the Revolutionary War period to discard traditional European concepts. You are expected to pay back every dollar For example, we train soldiers to say sir or ma’am when talking to a higher ranking officer. It is information, beliefs, and customs handed down by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction.

Also, leaders of the colonists were familiar with military traditions and particularly those of England and France.

Either the senior or the subordinate is wearing civilian clothes. The salute is widely misunderstood outside the military. United States Army flags traditionally have been used for purposes of identification and the fostering of esprit de corps. Young men and women are sometimes taught to say sir to their fathers or ma’am to their mothers and likewise to other elders.

Soldiers still proudly learn and remember the history, customs, and traditions behind the regiments. At reveille and retreat ceremonies, during the raising or lowering of the flag.

Besides, you know the proper command would be ‘at ease,’ ‘stand at ease,’ or ‘carry on. All established arts, trades, and professions, all races of people, all nations, and even different sections of the same nation have their own practices and customs by which they govern a part of their lives.


To properly display the campaign streamers, a soldier ensures the first Lexington and last Kosovo Defense Campaign campaign streamers are visible. The old rank of Ensign-originally an Army title, now used only in the Navy-was assigned to the regiment’s junior officer who carried the flag ensign into battle. Knights in armor raised visors with the right hand when meeting a comrade. The Army is hundreds of years older than you are and proud of its experience. Rising from the breastplate to the left facing the viewer is a pike, or esponton, flanked by an unidentified organizational color.

The fact that the junior extends the greeting first is merely a point of etiquette-a salute extended or returned makes the same statement. Military buglers have been communicating with soldiers for centuries. SFC Stone, the platoon sergeant was present to monitor the counseling. Military courtesy means good manners and politeness in dealing with other people.

Units display their unit history and battle honors on their colors. The soldier that utters that sound understands his task and will not quit until it is completed. But the Army still retains bugles and the music with which they communicate to soldiers is another reminder of our heritage.

Some of the Army’s more common courtesies include rendering the hand salute, standing at attention or parade rest, or even addressing others by their rank. Red, white, and blue are the colors, of course, of the national flag. If you are with a group in a military vehicle or bus, remain in the vehicle.

Every one then hid the piece of flag in his clothing and took it with him when released from prison.