Washington. Supplementation. page 3 *This regulation supersedes AR – customs. and Visits of Courtesy Guard of the United States. but does not identify. For more information on Customs, Courtesies and Traditions see Army Regulation , Army Command Policy, paragraph ; AR , Salutes, Honors. Study 33 AR Customs and Courtesies flashcards from Cherie K. on StudyBlue.

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Some unit traditions are- Ceremonial duties.

From its colors to its heraldic devices, the Army flag is rich in symbolism that cuxtoms of our nation’s and the Army’s origin and heritage. The concept of campaign streamers came to prominence in the Civil War when Army organizations embroidered the names of battles on their organizational colors. A salute is also rendered: Remember the salute ag not only prescribed by regulation but is also recognition of each other’s commitment, abilities, and professionalism.

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Chapter 4 Customs, Courtesies, and Traditions The Army is an organization that instills pride in its members because of its history, mission, capabilities, and the respect it has earned in the service of the Nation. Your upper arm elbow to shoulder is horizontal to the ground. Units display their unit history and battle honors on their colors. As weapons became more lethal, with longer ranges, and required greater dispersal of units, bugles lost effectiveness in controlling units.

United States Army flags traditionally have been used for purposes of identification and the fostering of esprit de corps. At other custo,s where the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, a soldier in uniform silently stands at attention facing the flag and renders the hand salute if outdoors. The first Army National Color was blue custlms the design of an eagle displayed somewhat similar to that in the coat of arms adopted for the United States and the name of the regiment. During the sounding of honors.


They are not outright gifts. Military courtesy is not a one-way street. It draws strength from the past and offers some of that strength to you through symbols.

Most forms of military courtesy have some counterpart in civilian life. Distinctive items couresies clothing worn in your unit such as headgear, belt buckles, and tankers’ boots. If you are with a group in a military vehicle or bus, remain in the vehicle. When you are dismissed, or when the officer departs, come to attention and salute.

When in a formation or a group, the senior soldier present will call the group to “Attention” and then “Parade, Rest” at the first note of “Retreat.

A soldier in civilian clothing recites the pledge while standing at attention, facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. In any case not covered by specific instructions, render the salute. An interesting thing about traditions is that many of our Army traditions started out as something quite different from what they are now. All Army installations will display the flag of the United States outdoors.

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The colors derive from the campaign ribbon authorized for service in that particular war. In general, flags incorporate design elements that are identical to or relate to the insignia worn by the members of the organization. Those customs that endure stand on their own merits. The way you salute says a lot about you as a soldier. Modern armies now carry colors only in ceremonies. When dropping the salute, bring your hand directly down to its natural position at your side, without slapping your leg or moving your hand out to the side.


Many of the words we use in the Army are unique and have been added to our vocabulary from different parts of the world and at different times in history. The union of the flag and the flag itself, when in company with other flags, are always given the honor position, which is on the right.

With the Declaration of Independence and the formation of troops, came the need for items to identify the soldiers and military units.

Either the senior or the subordinate is wearing civilian clothes. Some of the Army’s more common courtesies include rendering the hand salute, standing at attention or parade rest, or even addressing others by their rank.

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Bugles were first used for signaling in America by the British army during the Revolutionary War. Violations of other Army customs, however, will bring official censure or disciplinary action.

Some consider anc to be a gesture of servility since the junior extends a salute to the senior, but we know that it is quite the opposite. The acceptance of greater responsibility merits greater compensation to be chstoms.

A reflection of that pride is visible in the customs, courtesies, and traditions the Army holds. Soldiers still proudly learn and remember the history, customs, and traditions behind the regiments.

Bugle calls told troops when to go to bed, when to wake up, when to eat, when to attack, and when to retreat. It is a fact that most people respond positively to genuine politeness and courtesy.