If I was a boring man, I'd point out that you salute in accordance with the direction given in the Drill Manual and Queens Regulations. Queens Regulations say you must salute officers, and the Drill Manual tells you how to salute.
The Drill Manual implies that you wear head dress when saluting (for it gives instructions on how to salute without head dress) but does not specify what head dress to wear. Therefore saluting with helmets is probably correct.
As a crow in Depot Para , saw an Approaching officer , as i thought, sam brown light shirt, so week 3 crow throws up a salute, then the loudest shout in the world "stand still you little shit" yes I had saluted TG the RSM, he then lectured me for 10 minutes who and when to salute. and then trap 2 with a bumper for 2 hours. happy days. TG went on to be our QM down south. So VG,s advice is correct if in doubt ask your RSM.
Now, when I were a Squaddie(Boudica was only a Lcpl) you saluted the Queens
Commision ie Rank, not the Capbadge......mind you, I suppose the wearers of 'The
Horse that shat on the World' Badge would salute anybody as they were so inferior!!
Costs nothing. Gives the recipient a pleasant tingling feeling that puts him in a good mood for the rest of the day. Diverts attention from the dubious activities that you're engaged in (and if the dozy ****** says "Carry on", your nefarious activities have been approved by an officer).
Indeed, but are there also situations that allow for latitude and judgement when considering saluting, such as when riding a bike etc? This could be for saluter and saluted.
I'm sure this must have been mentioned in my time but I can't recall. Who wouldn't take great delight in trying to get some fresh out of the factory 2Lt to return a salute in such a situation and hoping it would cause him some difficulty
IIRC the salute is to show that you don't bear arms. If you are bearing arms then your salutation involves the weapon you're carrying. However, wearers of pistols or swords generally salute with their hands rather than do a full salute with their sword and I shouldn't imagine there is a drill movement with a pistol although I could be wrong. If carrying a live grenade it might be considered sporting to lob it before doing anything.
0124. The salute with the hand, the present arms and the salute with the sword, were methods by which the person paying a compliment could show the person to whom that compliment was paid that no offence was meant They are all gestures, symbolic of loyalty and trust.