The salute is a courteous exchange of military greeting the world over. Military personnel consider the salute a courteous and respectful greeting between members and it is one of the oldest traditions binding military professionals together.
You will be taught the proper manner of saluting and the rules, which govern its use among the military services. Normally, only commissioned officers are saluted by those of lesser rank, however, in order to give you the opportunity to learn and practice saluting, there are special rules at Casa Roble High School governing the salute and saluting areas, which you must know and follow.
When outdoors and in uniform saluting is always appropriate when standing or walking. The salute can only be given or returned from the position of attention or while walking. Remember, if you are walking and initiating the salute, give it a few paces away and hold it until the person is saluted returns it!
The salute is initiated by enlisted cadets when:
greeting cadet officers,
any commissioned officer of the Armed Services,
the SASI or ASI.
The salute is initiated by cadet officers, when greeting any:
commissioned officer of the Armed Services,
cadet officers senior in rank, and
the SASI or ASI.
Saluting at Casa Roble High School is always required when outdoors and in uniform, except when the flight cap/beret is not worn (see chp 5 para 2a). Saluting on military installations during field trips is always required while outdoors and in uniform.
The salute is rendered in-doors only when cadets are reporting to cadet officers/NCOs or the SASI/ASI or at special ceremonies like Awards Night or on honor guard/flag detail. The proper sequence of reporting includes coming to the position of attention, rendering the salute, and making statements such as “Sir, Cadet Smith reports as ordered”, or “Ma’am, Cadet Smith requests a conference”, or reporting attendance, etc. The cadet holds the salute until it is returned or otherwise acknowledged. After the subject of the reporting is complete, the cadet comes to attention and salutes and leaves. The person being reported to may be sitting down (as in a promotion board) and may return the salute while seated.
A salute is never given or returned while running. The cadet will come to a quick time (to a walk) and render the salute when approximately five paces from the officer. The cadet should render the salute in time for the senior member to return it. If carrying articles in both hands, verbal greetings should be exchanged.
Cadets not in uniform MAY salute as if they were in uniform.
Cadet Officers and Noncommissioned Officers must correct saluting errors in a courteous and helpful manner. All cadets are expected to accept such corrections graciously.
8. THE UNITED STATES FLAG:If a cadet in uniform observes the American Flag being raised or lowered from any flagstaff, he or she will assume the position of attention, render the salute and hold it until the flag has reached the summit or base of the flagstaff. If the cadet is in civilianclothes, he or she will assume the position of attention and place the right hand over the heart. If a cadet is in civilian attire and is wearing headgear, he or she will remove and hold the headgear to his or her left shoulder, so the right hand is over the heart.
9. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG:
If the Pledge of Allegiance is recited INDOORS and a cadet is in uniform, the cadet should stand at attention, remain silent, and face the flag. If most of those present are in civilian attire, as in a school classroom, the cadet may exercise the option of joining with others in reciting the pledge.
If the Pledge of Allegiance is recited OUTDOORS and a cadet is in uniform, the cadet should stand at attention, remain silent, face the flag, and render a salute until the pledge is over.
If the Pledge of Allegiance is recited EITHER indoors or outdoors and a cadet is NOT in uniform, the cadet should stand at attention, face the flag, and recite the pledge. The right hand is over the heart during recitation, and males will hold hats, if worn, as prescribed in paragraph 7.
10. NATIONAL ANTHEM:
If the National Anthem is being played, and a cadet is in uniform and is INDOORS, the cadet should face the flag, stand at attention, and not salute. If the flag is not present, face the music, and do not salute.
If the National Anthem is being played, and a cadet is in uniform and is OUTDOORS, the cadet should stand at attention, face the flag, if visible, or face the sound of the music if it is not visible, and salute. If no flag is visible and the music is recorded and coming from speakers, the cadet should simply face straight ahead and salute.
If the National Anthem is being played, and a cadet is not in uniform, and the cadet is EITHER in or outdoors, the cadet should stand at attention, face the flag, and place the right hand over the heart (men will also hold the hat in the right hand as prescribed in paragraph 9.