History Main / MilitarySalute

8th Feb '17 2:12:44 AM Saronith
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** In the finale, [[spoiler:BJ and Hawkeye give Col. Potter formal full salute with full attention as their final gesture to him before they depart their separate ways.]]

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** In the finale, [[spoiler:BJ BJ and Hawkeye give Col. Potter formal full salute with full attention as their final gesture to him before they depart their separate ways.]]
4th Dec '16 11:19:02 AM Morgenthaler
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Salutes are usually rendered by an officer (of equal or lesser rank than the salutee) or enlisted soldier to an officer of equal or higher rank. The officer, while not necessarily obligated to return the salute, almost universally does. Not returning the salute is a serious show of disrespect and condescension, which reflects poorly on the salutee. This also has another interesting effect: initiating a salute towards an officer of lesser rank or an enlisted soldier, while not considered insulting (generally), is considered weird and out of place. In the United States armed forces and the armed forces of those countries which award the Victoria Cross, there is one exception to this rule: if you are a recipient of the Medal Of Honor or the Victoria Cross, you WILL be saluted by any member of the armed forces, regardless of rank. So yes, this means that [[BadAss badassery]] is worthy of saluting.

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Salutes are usually rendered by an officer (of equal or lesser rank than the salutee) or enlisted soldier to an officer of equal or higher rank. The officer, while not necessarily obligated to return the salute, almost universally does. Not returning the salute is a serious show of disrespect and condescension, which reflects poorly on the salutee. This also has another interesting effect: initiating a salute towards an officer of lesser rank or an enlisted soldier, while not considered insulting (generally), is considered weird and out of place. In the United States armed forces and the armed forces of those countries which award the Victoria Cross, there is one exception to this rule: if you are a recipient of the Medal Of Honor or the Victoria Cross, you WILL be saluted by any member of the armed forces, regardless of rank. So yes, this means that [[BadAss badassery]] badassery is worthy of saluting.
5th Nov '16 8:28:35 PM Origin
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* Much like in Final Fantasy XIV above, ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has race/gender-specific salute animations when a player inputs the /salute command. There's the usual military "hand to the brow" and the "fist across the chest" style (more recently seen in Attack On Titan) salutes among others. As one example, the female Blood Elves go for the former, but do so in an almost intentionally mocking fashion. They even lean forward a little juuust to make sure the object of their salute saw it. At least they're using the right hand...
28th Sep '16 2:02:08 PM YT45
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There is also a difference between a standard or "administrative" salute used day-to-day, and a "funeral salute" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin used only at funerals]]. A regular salute is a quick motion: the saluting hand snaps up, holds until the salute is returned, then snaps back down. In a funeral salute, the saluting hand comes up in a slow, deliberate (three-second) motion, and comes down the same way. The funeral salute is used ''only'' when [[DueToTheDead specifically saluting the dead man being buried]]. An officer attending the funeral will still receive a standard salute. Suffice it to say, using a slow salute for any other purpose is downright offensive.
1st Sep '16 6:16:36 PM Bissek
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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' everyone salutes American-style, despite the story taking place in England. The Wild Geese could be justified by the fact that they're mercenaries, who could have learned to salute some place where they do it that way. Seras and Integra (As shown in the 2nd OVA credits) have no such excuse.

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* In ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' everyone salutes all the protagonists salute American-style, despite the story taking place in England. The Wild Geese could be justified by the fact that they're mercenaries, who could have learned to salute some place where they do it that way. Seras and Integra (As shown in the 2nd OVA credits) have no such excuse. The antagonists shown saluting are all Germans who salute Nazi-style.
16th Aug '16 2:21:44 PM Ambaryerno
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* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke Skywalker [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Thoseabouttojediwesaluteyou.JPG tosses off an ironic salute]] while on Jabba's sail barge. Note the file name: "[[Film/{{Spartacus}} Those about to jedi we salute you]]."

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* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke Skywalker [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Thoseabouttojediwesaluteyou.JPG tosses off an ironic a salute]] while on as a signal to Artoo, who has smuggled his lightsaber aboard Jabba's sail barge. Note the file name: "[[Film/{{Spartacus}} Those about to jedi we salute you]]."barge.
13th Aug '16 1:28:40 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheDickVanDykeShow'': During a FlashBack, when Rob was in the army, he was summoned to his commanding officer's office and saluted. The officer scratched his head and Rob thought it was the officer responding to his salute so he dropped his, which ticked off the CO, who hadn't saluted back. Then at the end of the meeting Rob saluted and the CO just said "dismissed" without looking up, so Rob had to leave still saluting. We then saw him out the office window, still saluting.

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* ''TheDickVanDykeShow'': ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'': During a FlashBack, when Rob was in the army, he was summoned to his commanding officer's office and saluted. The officer scratched his head and Rob thought it was the officer responding to his salute so he dropped his, which ticked off the CO, who hadn't saluted back. Then at the end of the meeting Rob saluted and the CO just said "dismissed" without looking up, so Rob had to leave still saluting. We then saw him out the office window, still saluting.
28th Jun '16 6:37:19 PM thatother1dude
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There are also situations in which saluting is NOT recommended. When in the field or in a forward operation base, soldiers are instructed not to salute, since it identifies the officer/VIP, which can [[BoomHeadshot provide a sniper with an easy target.]] Some military forces also dictate that salutes should only be used while wearing headgear and doing so while bare-headed is at least improper protocol.

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There are also situations in which saluting is NOT recommended. When in the field or in a forward operation base, soldiers are instructed not to salute, since it identifies the officer/VIP, which can [[BoomHeadshot [[StraightForTheCommander provide a sniper with an easy target.]] Some military forces also dictate that salutes should only be used while wearing headgear and doing so while bare-headed is at least improper protocol.
17th May '16 4:57:28 AM StarSword
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* In ''The Short-Timers'' (a {{Vietnam War}} era novel by Gustav Hasford) the protagonist, {{Genre Savvy}} [[DeadpanSnarker private Joker]], sometimes salutes in a combat zone with some [[RevengeByProxy ulterior motives]].
-->''"Corporal, don't you know how to execute a hand salute?" "Yes, sir." I salute. I hold the salute until the [[ArmchairMilitary poge]] colonel snaps his hand to his starched barracks cover and I hold the salute for an extra couple of second before cutting it away sharply. Now he poge colonel has been identified as an officer to any enemy snipers in the area."'' [...]
-->''"As is my custom, I salute [[SociopathicSoldier Animal Mother]] so that any snipers in the area will assume that he is an officer and shoot him instead of me."''

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* In ''The Short-Timers'' (a {{Vietnam War}} era UsefulNotes/VietnamWar novel by Gustav Hasford) the protagonist, {{Genre Savvy}} GenreSavvy [[DeadpanSnarker private Joker]], sometimes salutes in a combat zone with some [[RevengeByProxy ulterior motives]].
-->''"Corporal, don't you know how to execute a hand salute?" "Yes, sir." I salute. I hold the salute until the [[ArmchairMilitary poge]] colonel snaps his hand to his starched barracks cover and I hold the salute for an extra couple of second before cutting it away sharply. Now he the poge colonel has been identified as an officer to any enemy snipers in the area."'' [...]
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is my custom, I salute [[SociopathicSoldier Animal Mother]] so that any snipers in the area will assume that he is an officer and shoot him instead of me."''



* Creator/DavidDrake's ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' novels frequently mention on the occasion that Daniel Leary needs to salute that he's terrible at it. Not intentionally (most of the time), it just looks sloppy.



* In ''Series/{{Mash}}'', Hawkeye, Trapper John, and BJ tend to mockingly salute Frank Burns. Played For Laughs most of the time.

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* In ''Series/{{Mash}}'', ''Series/{{Mash}}'':
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Hawkeye, Trapper John, and BJ tend to mockingly salute Frank Burns. Played For Laughs most of the time.



* [[Series/RedDwarf A.J. Rimmer]] and his ridiculously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al5bErqFrDQ overextended salutes]]. The fact he's apparently completely serious just makes the whole thing funnier.

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* [[Series/RedDwarf ''Series/RedDwarf'': A.J. Rimmer]] Rimmer and his ridiculously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al5bErqFrDQ overextended salutes]]. The fact he's apparently completely serious just makes the whole thing funnier.



* Used often in ''Series/DoctorWho'' between the Doctor and Jack, although at the time neither were part of military organisations. (The Doctor is/was a UNIT employee but hates their constant saluting, and Jack has served in both World War 1 and 2. [[TimeTravel More than once.]]) Usually, it shows the respect between the two characters. The final salute given between them shows Jack's thanks, and Ten's final goodbye.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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Used often in ''Series/DoctorWho'' between the Doctor and Jack, although at the time neither were part of military organisations. (The Doctor is/was a UNIT employee but hates their constant saluting, and Jack has served in both World War 1 and 2. [[TimeTravel More than once.]]) Usually, it shows the respect between the two characters. The final salute given between them shows Jack's thanks, and Ten's final goodbye.
8th May '16 5:46:59 PM eagle108
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* Fubuki demonstrates the British Naval salute in ''Anime/KantaiCollection'', as well several other ship girls, but they salute with their elbow tucked in.
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