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Military Drill and Etiquette

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Salute properly and smartly. Avoid saluting in a casual or perfunctory manner. A sharp salute is a mark of a sharp Sailor. Always use your right hand. Use your left hand only if your right hand is injured. Use your left hand to carry objects and leave your right hand free to salute. Accompany your salute with a cheerful greeting, e.g., "Good morning, Sir," "Good afternoon, Commander Smith," "Good evening, Chaplain Dory." Always salute from the position of Attention. If you are walking, you need not stop, but hold yourself erect and square. If double timing, slow to a walk when saluting.
Look directly into the Officer's eyes as you salute. Salute all Officers who are close enough to be recognized as Officers. It is unnecessary to identify an Officer by name. However, make sure that he/she is wearing the uniform of an Officer. Render a verbal greeting if you are carrying something in both hands and cannot render the hand salute. Salute Officers even if they are uncovered or their hands are occupied. Your salute will be acknowledged by a verbal greeting, like "Good morning," or "Good afternoon."

Follow these simple guidelines:
Raise the right hand and bending your arm at the elbow, until the tip of your forefingers touches the lower part of your cover or forehead just above and to the right of your right eye. Fingers are extended and aligned with the thumb. With the elbow slightly in front of your body, your upper arm should be parallel with the deck or ground. The hand and wrist must be held in a straight line and the forearm should be at a 45-degree angle. Returning the arm to its normal position at your side completes the salute. This motion is done in one sharp, clean motion.