Customs and Courtesies
Q. When do you salute?
A. When the National Anthem, To the Colors, The Marince Corps Hymn, or Hail to the Chief is played; when uncased National Colors or Standards pass by; on ceremonial occasions; in all official greetings; at Reveille (when in sight of the colors or the sound of the music); during the rendering of the honors; when passing uncased colors outside; when reporting to an officer; and when you meet and recognize an officer or warrant officer. Also the National Anthem of other countries and foreign officers are saluted.
Q. Describe the action of a person in charge of a group riding in a military vehicle when the National Anthem is being played.
A. Stop the vehicle, the men sit at attention and the person in charge dismounts and salutes.
Q. When in formation, who salutes?
A. The person in charge.
Q. Who salutes in a group of marines not in formation?
A. The first person to see the officer should call the group to attention and everyone should salute.
Q. What should be done when an officer enters a dining facility?
A. If he is the senior officer present, the first person to see him/her should call "At Ease!!"
Q. How does a marine report to his commanding officer?
A. Remove headgear, knock, enter when told to do so, and halt two paces in front of the person you are reporting to. You then salute and say "(your name and rank) reporting to the commanding officer as directed". The salute is held as long as you are giving your report or until the salute is returned.
Q. When is the only time you do not remove your headgear when reporting to an officer indoors?
A. When under arms.
Q. When are you considered under arms?
A. When you are carrying a weapon in your hands, by sling, or holster.
Q. Does a sentry on guard duty indoors salute?
Q. Where is the only place a person under arms remove his headgear?
A. In a chapel.
Q. When meeting an officer outdoors, at what distance do you salute?
A. Six steps.
Q. When walking with an officer or person senior to you, what side do you walk on?
A. The left side.
Q. When entering a vehicle, who enters first?
A. The junior person present from the right side of the vehicle.
Q. Who exits a vehicle first?
A. The senior person then in descending order.
Q. When does the driver of a vehicle salute?
A. Only when the vehicle is at a halt and the motor is not running.
Q. What are the primary values of conducting ceremonies?
A. To render honors, preserve traditions and stimulate esprit de corps.
Q. If you are in uniform and the National Anthem is played outdoors, what should you do?
A. Face the flag or music, stand at attention and salute.
Q. If you are indoors, what do you do if the National Anthem is played?
A. Face the flag or music and stand at attention. Persons under arms should salute.
Q. What is the correct position for troops when "Retreat" is playing?
A. Uniformed personnel in formation. Parade Rest. Uniformed personnel not in formation. Attention.
Q. What are the two bugle calls sounded at retreat?
A. Retreat and To the Colors.
Q. What bugle call signals the beginning of a formal review?
A. Adjutant's Call.
Q. When do you salute inside a building?
When reporting to your commander.
When reporting to a pay officer.
When reporting to a military board.
At an indoor ceremony.
At sentry duty indoors.
Q. What is the proper way to answer a military telephone?
A. State your unit or section, rank and name, and "How may I help you sir or ma'am?"
Q. What should you do when the National Anthem of a foreign country is played?
A. If outdoors, render the hand salute; indoors, stand at attention.
Q. What should you do in civilian clothing and driving a car and you hear "To the Colors" being played?
A. Stop the car, get out, and face the direction of the music or flag and stand to attention. If wearing a hat, take it off, hold in your right hand over your heart.
Q. Three examples of when you are not required to salute an officer?
When engaged in a work detail.
When actively engaged in athletics.
When driving a vehicle.
Q. When addressing a female officer, what term is used other than rank?
Q. What is the purpose of displaying courtesy to a senior?
A. Recognition of the position he or she holds.
Q. What is the meaning of a salute to the flag of the United Federated Planets?
A. A declaration of loyalty to the United Federated Planets and to the principles of liberty and justice on which the nation was founded.
Q. When you observe an Military vehicle approaching and you see that it has a red tag with two (2) silver stars on it, what do you do?
A. You salute the vehicle.
Q. What is meant by military courtesy?
A. Military courtesy is the respect and consideration shown to others.
Q. NCO's are referred to as follows:
A. Command Sergeant Major and Sergeant Major are both called Sergeant Major; First Sergeant is called First Sergeant; Master Sergeant, Sergeant Firs Class, Staff Sergeant and Sergeant are called Sergeant; Corporals are called Corporal.
Q. What is considered the most important of all military courtesies?
A. The salute.
Q. Under what condition does one not have the privilege of giving and receiving the salute.
A. When a prisoner.
Q. What is the origin of the salute?
A. In early Roman History, persons meeting would raise their hand in the air, palm forward, to show they held no weapons and were friendly. This has evolved into the present day salute.
Q. What does the salute mean?
A. It is a gesture of respect and confidence exchanged by fighting men. It is a privilege possessed only by marines in good standing.
Q. What is the longest bugle call?
A. Tattoo - 28 bars long.