dapoetic1 wrote:alibaba286 wrote:i've read through this thread and gained a lot of useful information--thanks to everyone who has contributed!
(also, my best friend would like to know, "if you're an army lawyer or whatever, does that mean you have wear like an army suit at my wedding, because my bridesmaids dresses are NOT going to be army suits.")
Just because you're in the military there is no requirement for you to wear your service dress to civilian functions. Of course, many military personnel do in fact choose to wear their dress uniforms to formal occasions like weddings, on cruise ships, black tie affairs etc. But as long as it's a civilian function you can wear whatever you want.
Just to digress
And as far as the saluting goes--
1) Even at the highest enlisted rank gate guards should not be saluting other enlisted troops. Even as an E-9 no one is required to salute the member.
2) Enlisted personnel don't salute officers because of a power thing. The salute is actually an exchange. The enlisted member or junior officer in the case of two officers of different ranks salutes first and the higher ranking officer returns the salute. The salute started as a way to show an approaching comrade that you are unarmed. A person rendering a salute should do it sharply as should the person returning the salute. Both are signs of respect
You are right that enlisted are not required to salute each other. That said, they are permitted. I've seen NCOs on my base saluting Command Chiefs on multiple occasions. Just like with officers, it is a respect thing, even if it is not mandatory.
And Ali Baba, feel free to inform your friend that it is not a suit. It's a uniform and something one earns the right to wear.