Heh-heh....The rule tends to be "when in doubt, salute." If you salute someone whom you needn't (i.e., an enlisted person), the worst that will happen is that the other person will look at you strangely or maybe politely correct you. If you fail to salute someone you should salute . . . the correction might not be so gentle.
Shoot 'em on sight.Just a little correction....salute officers of foreign nations who the United States is friendly with. You would not salute an officer of a nation we do not have relations with or do not recognize.
Sad to say but, in most cases, you may not know what country someone is from until they have passed (unless you are expecting someone and then the protocol has probably already been established). Thus, it's a spot decision.Just a little correction....salute officers of foreign nations who the United States is friendly with. You would not salute an officer of a nation we do not have relations with or do not recognize.
O god! Agreed! I'm on a multiservice and now multinational base and navy/coast guard rank is by far the most cofusing if your not in that service. Mostly because their senior enlisted wear the same uniforms as officers and wear anchors where their officer rank should be... lets just say my eyesights not so good and I have been told many times how certain career seamen work for a living. But like they said... when in doubt, whip it out!(a salute that is)... It's much better than not saluting a lt. commander(my friend did that once... I repeat ONCE)To tell you the truth, I feel bad for the non-sea service members, the stripes on our sleaves can been pretty tricky.