The Army Customs And Courtesies Essay

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In the Military you are required to do certain gestures to show respect and understanding. In the Army customs and courtesies are specifically used to show higher rank that you respect, understand, and appreciate the responsibility they have over you. A custom is a traditional practice. Customs include positive actions, or things you avoid. Some military customs are recognized by regulation, while others are unwritten, but followed just the same. According to the Army Study Guide the only time when customs are not required are “In civilian attire, engaged in routine work if the salute would interfere, carrying articles with both hands so occupied as to make saluting impracticable, working as a member of a detail, or engaged in sports or social functions where saluting would present a safety hazard, in public places such as theaters, churches, and in public conveyances, or in the ranks of a formation.”
Courtesy is the respect you give to each other. It isn’t just used in the military but should be used on a day to day basis in the civilian world. Everyone has the right to be respected, but “Military courtesy is not a one-way street. Enlisted personnel are expected to be courteous to officers, and officers are expected to return the courtesy. Mutual respect is a vital part of military courtesy. Military courtesy is the respect shown to each other by members of the same profession.” Just like in the civilian world, you have to give respect to get respect. Respect is…

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