Why The First Salute?

The first salute also called the “Silver Dollar Salute” is one of the most important traditions in a new Marine Officers commissioning ceremony. Who gives the first salute? The first salute lives on as a tradition to honor the enlisted service member who has had the most impact on you. Many candidates choose a Sergeant Instructor they were particularly impressed with or ask a family member or … Continue reading Why The First Salute?

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How to Greet OSOs or Other Military Officers as an Applicant or Poolee

Candidate’s Question: I’m an OCS applicant/poolee and would like to know if there is an appropriate and respectful way to greet my OSO in public or private. I understand that saluting is inappropriate for a civilian but is it appropriate to stand at attention when greeting a commanding officer? A: No need to stand at attention even once you’re a Marine unless it’s truly a … Continue reading How to Greet OSOs or Other Military Officers as an Applicant or Poolee