Every member of the military former and current knows all too well the necessity of perfecting the salute. I can’t speak for law enforcement but I’m sure someone will chime in. This doesn’t mean everyone ever perfects this simple task. Nothing irks some like a lackluster salute, especially when you see it in movies or tv or even on that one news segment and they literally had one job and ****ed it up royally. Nevertheless, let’s get this started!
The Lazy CO
The Lazy CO stems from my time in AIT or Advanced Individual Training. Once you see something you always notice it, just like when you buy a car and all of a sudden you see it everywhere. Once I saw my CO do it, I saw pretty much every other CO do it. What it is I’m referring to is a salute that involves the forearm and wrist is basically perpendicular to the ground, with the elbow point about 20 degrees outward and the fingers covering the right eye. Man did we really use that one behind his back.
By far the most common salute you could see in the ranks of basic training. The arm properly canted at 45 degrees sticking nearly straight out to the side of the body, with the fingers or the wrist falling short with a kink in one the other — sometimes even both at the same time. Cringe worthy for sure, as always followed by a swift knife hand that seemingly chops the handoff.
This one is usually the butt of a joke about an overachiever or very commonly used amongst friends who are vets to poke at each other. I know my friends and I use this one when the other comes into the room at times. The Euro is the same regulation salute here in the states however the palm is out. I’m sure all the users of The Euro make fun of us and our saluting habits.
The last on the list but by far the best of them all. The American is the full regs salute, right arm sticking straight out to the right from the body, elbow bent 45 degrees, straight as an arrow leading to the fingertips, with the middle finger meets either the corner of the patrol cap or eyebrow depending on the uniform.
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