Courtesy Question

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  1. Stevenson

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    Good afternoon SA,

    I am an AS100 and I have a question. This morning and the morning before, I greeted the captain with a "Good morning Captain ...." I'm not sure what the "tradition" is I guess you could say but she didn't say good morning back or acknowledged I was there. She just turns away. I'm not sure if she just dislikes me personally or if it's intentional. I understand she's a captain and if it was on purpose then it's completely fine. I am just worried that I did something wrong. I don't know if I was suppose to expect a response or no response at all. Your input?
     
  2. Zero

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    Depends on the branch and other factors. But are you just saying captain or captain "whoever"? I'd say it is intentional but depends on the person. I never addressed by only rank till I knew the person well and not on a ROTC level.
     
  3. Stevenson

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    This is AFROTC and I did address Captain with last name. That is what I was taught by one of the POC. I don't mind I was just wondering, obviously worried about everything as an AS100.
     
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    Yea you are fine. Common to be ignored or not responded too. Aka earn your stripes/bars whatever you want to call it lol.
     
  5. kinnem

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    Presumably you saluted (assuming you were in uniform and covered)? I'm sure you did, but you didn't say and I don't want to assume.
     
  6. USMCGrunt

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    Wow. Feels wrong to me. Can't see ignoring a greeting unless occupied in conversation, deep in thought (not hearing) or inappropriate situation (like this was the 10th time you greeted same person in a garrison environment). Here is how the Marines look at it...

    "There’s a great story about the Marine general named Louis “Chesty” Puller. The story goes that, one day, an enlisted Marine failed to salute a Marine lieutenant. To which the lieutenant ordered the Marine to salute 100 times. “Good morning sir, one! Good morning, sir, two!...”

    A crowd joined to see what was happening and none other than Chesty Puller appeared. When the lieutenant explained that the private had failed to salute him and he had taken corrective action by forcing the man to salute him 100 times, General Puller said, “Well, young man, you were certainly correct in taking action. However, lieutenant, you are aware that every salute rendered must be returned. So why don’t you both start over?”

    “Good morning, sir, one!”

    “Good morning, Marine, one!”"

    http://kentmitchellsramblings.blogspot.com/2010/05/saluting-story.html
     
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  7. Stevenson

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    I didn't salute. I was in business casual because I was not issued my uniform yet. I was taught to say Good [insert appropriate time] rank and name to the officers. I don't believe I was disrespectful in anyway so I guess it's just common or she didn't know I was a cadet perhaps? (This was before AS class)
     
  8. kinnem

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    Yeah, you're fine. Don't know why she didn't return the greeting but you've nothing to be concerned about.
     
  9. Pima

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    I agree I would not read anything into this at all. As you stated in your post, you were in business casual. Think of it differently. I do not know the size of your unit, but my DS's had 100+ AS100s, and that does not also include the 250s. One year they had 185 AS100/250s. In a situation like that, so soon into the program she probably does not even recognize you at all.
    ~ Was it rude, impo, yes, but maybe she felt uncomfortable to respond if she could not say good morning cadet x,y,z.
    ~~ For all you know she may have been on her way to brief the CoC and running it through her mind, so engrossed in that aspect, that she did not hear you.

    JMPO and with $2.07 you can get a small black coffee from Starbucks, but I can't see how in any way, shape or form that she can have anything against you this early. How long have you been in the program currently? Maybe a week? As I stated earlier in this post, I doubt if you stood next to her in the grocery store line today she would recognize you by name or face.
     
  10. sheriff3

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    All that aside... whether she knows him or not, in uniform or not, likes or dislikes him or not IMPO it's just plain rude to not reciprocate a greeting when given one. This officer is setting a bad example.
     

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