Saluting - whats the score?

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  1. On a course a few months ago I came out of my accomodation to be confronted by what looked like every officer in the British army coming the other way.

    Faced by such a situation what do you do?

    a) Salute the first and ignore the rest

    b) March through the crowd with your right hand stapled to your head

    c) Run away and hide until they're all gone

    I went for a combination of (a) and (c)
  2. I'd probably do A.

    It would take a complete c ock to pull you up about it :roll:
  3. Good call!

    When I was at SEE many moons ago there was a young 2lt. He used to leave B Coy lines every lunch time to go to the mess. We sussed this out, and whenever possible we'd stagger our leaving time from the cookhouse. 8 lads 5 meters apart, it was hilarious to watch him saluting us all. Up/down/up/down/up etc. This went on for 4 days then he got the idea :)
  4. General Melchett

    General Melchett LE Moderator

    I'd go for b. And why do Officers always insist in stopping to talk to another Officer in the busiest place they can find and then look p**sed off when they have to salute every fecker who walks past and throws one up.
  5. I would do D).

    Just wander around without your head-dress on, problem solved :)
  6. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    I had a Major, a company commander, who was SF all the way through. Spent more time 'away' than in battalion. He told the entire company that if they saw him, and saluted him more than once a week, he would kill us all in our beds. We rather liked him.
  7. Had similar from a Major I worked with, once a day was more than enough in his books. There were no threats to kill us, but then he wasn't SF.
  8. Happily threw one up for the Detmold Garrison Padre one morning, as he pootled past in his Leyland Mini, Lefthand drive, God's rep, FTUO.

    He returned the salute, then promptly lost the plot completely, ending up in a heap against a rather stout Beech tree.

    It transpired that he'd been about to change gear when I saluted him, and let go of the gear knob to respond, and neither Sandhurst nor Padre school had equipped him with sufficient cooordination to manage returning compliments and motoring.
  10. We had a pair of amusing SCOs who specialised in taking the piss out of the like of us - their classic was to walk abreast towards a particular young subaltern, then separate and march past him on either side, shouting 'MORNING SIR' at him and saluting - poor young Rupert would then salute with both hands!
  11. B_AND_T

    B_AND_T LE Book Reviewer

    Although not saluting, I used to work in a Inf Bn Hq. I often had to go and see the CO to get him sign paperwork. As a matter of courtesy I used to brace up before addressing him. After a couple of weeks he asked me if I had ever served with the Guards to which I replied in the negative. He then told me to stop it as it was scaring the Adjt.
  12. Never doubt the value of smart saluting. Some believe it was instrumental in winning the Great War. (Or at least, changing from by default saluting with the hand furthest from the officer to always using the right hand was):

    Maybe we should re-introduce this fine concept now, so as to dishearten AQ and assorted Afghan Badmashes with evidence of how little they concern us?
  13. BrunoNoMedals

    BrunoNoMedals LE Reviewer

    "Saluting with the other hand: Winning wars for a century!"

    Yeah, makes for a good PsyOps poster in my opinion.
  14. Nothing new under the sun.
  15. On Ex PURPLE WARRIOR some oik stuck up a sign in our HQ saying 'NO SALUTING' .... Bollox to that!
    Apparently it was too difficult for the Crabs amongst us to work out who was who. When I suggested to some WingCo type that he really ought to be saluting my clerk, a soldier, he was most put out!