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Courtesies rendered by individuals during various ceremonies and public events

Describes the proper courtesy rendered both on and off post, in formations, not in formations and more

** Military personnel will follow guidelines for wearing headgear in accordance with AR 670-1.

 

Military personnel in uniform and in formation (with or without headgear).
Reveille Execute "Present Arms" at the command of officer or NCO in charge. Execute "Order Arms" at the command of officer or NCO in charge.
Retreat when played as prelude to "To The Color" Execute "Parade Rest" at the command of the officer or NCO in charge. Remain at Parade Rest until given "Attention" by officer or NCO in charge.
"To The Color" or National Anthem Same as for reveille.
When uncased colors pass by or when passing uncased colors COLORS ARE PASSING: Execute "Present Arms" at the command of officer or NCO in charge. Command is given when Colors approach 6 paces of the flank of the unit, and held until the Colors are 6 paces past the flank of the unit. At that time, the command "Order Arms" will be given.

PASSING THE COLORS: Execute orders at the command of officer or NCO in charge.

Cannon salute rendered to person Execute "Present Arms" at the command of officer or NCO in charge. Hold salute until command "Order Arms" is given by officer or NCO in charge.
Military Funeral Execute "Present Arms" at the command of officer or NCO in charge whenever casket is moved.
  
Military personnel in uniform not in formation (with or without headgear).
Reveille At the first note of music, face flag and render hand salute (if flag is not in view, face direction of music). End salute on last note of music.
Retreat when played as prelude to "To The Color" At the first note of music, face flag and stand at attention (if flag is not in view, face direction of music). Remain at attention until last note of "TO THE COLOR" has been played.
"To The Color" or National Anthem (note 2) At the first note of music: If outdoors, render hand salute; if indoors, stand at attention. Hold this position until the last note of music has been played.
When uncased colors pass by or when passing uncased colors COLORS ARE PASSING: When Colors are within 6 paces: If outdoors, render hand salute; if indoors, stand at attention. Hold this position until the Colors have passed 6 paces.

PASSING THE COLORS: Outdoors: When within 6 paces of the Colors, turn head in direction of Colors and render hand salute. Hold salute until 6 paces past the Colors.

Cannon salute rendered to person At the first note of music or first round of salute, face the ceremonial party and render hand salute. End salute on last note of music or when last round of salute has been fired.
Military Funeral Each time casket is moved: Outdoors: Render hand salute. Indoors: Stand at attention.
  
All men wearing civilian clothes (military and civilian) (includes sports attire with headgear). (Note 3)
Reveille At the first note of music, face flag, stand at attention, remove headgear with right hand and hold over left shoulder with right hand over heart (if flag is not in view, face direction of music).
Retreat when played as prelude to "To The Color" At the first note of music, face flag, remove headgear with right hand and stand at attention. Remain at attention until last note of "TO THE COLOR" has been played (if flag is not in view, face direction of music).
"To The Color" or National Anthem (note 2) At the first note of music: If outdoors or indoors hold headgear over the left shoulder with the right hand over the heart. Hold this position until the last note of music has been played.
When uncased colors pass by or when passing uncased colors COLORS ARE PASSING: When Colors are within 6 paces: If outdoors, stand at attention, remove headgear with right hand and hold over left shoulder with right hand over heart; if indoors, stand at attention. Hold this position until the Colors have passed 6 paces.

PASSING THE COLORS: Outdoors: When within 6 paces of the Colors, turn head in direction of Colors, remove headgear with right hand and hold over left shoulder with right hand over heart and render hand salute. Hold salute until six paces past the Colors.

Cannon salute rendered to person At the first note of music or first round of salute, face the ceremonial party, remove headgear and stand at attention. Hold this position until the last note of music or last round of salute has been fired.
Military Funeral Each time casket is moved: Outdoors: Stand at attention, remove headgear with right hand and hold over the left shoulder with right hand over heart. Indoors: Stand.
   
Military personnel and civilians in civilian dress without headgear. Personnel engaged in sports and attired in a sports uniform without headdress.
Reveille At the first note of music, face flag, stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. Hold this position until the last note of music has been played (if flag is not in view, face direction of music).
Retreat when played as prelude to "To The Color" At the first note of music, face flag and stand at attention. Remain at attention until last note of "TO THE COLOR" has been played (if flag is not in view, face direction of music).
"To The Color" or National Anthem (Note 2) At the first note of music: If outdoors or indoors stand at attention with the right hand over the heart. Hold this position until the last note of music has been played.
When uncased colors pass by or when passing uncased colors COLORS ARE PASSING: When Colors are within 6 paces: If outdoors, stand at attention with right hand over heart; if indoors, stand at attention. Hold this position until the Colors have passed 6 paces.

PASSING THE COLORS: No action is required.

Cannon salute rendered to person At the first note of music or first round of salute, face the ceremonial party and stand at attention. Hold this position until the last note of music or last round of salute has been fired.
Military Funeral Each time casket is moved: Outdoors: Stand at attention with right hand with right hand over heart. Indoors: Stand at attention.
 
Notes:

1 When a cannon salute is rendered to the Union or nation, no individual action is required.

2 Military photographers covering ceremonies will render appropriate courtesy during the playing of the national anthem.

3 Women wearing civilian attire never remove their headgear during ceremonies.

Reference: AR 600-25, Salutes, Honors and Visits of Courtesy