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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