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Question:
As a civilian, what do I do if I hear a bugle call when visiting a military installation?

Answer:
Civilians should stand quietly and respectfully facing the flag (if in a car, stop the car until the bugle call is finished) if within sight or sound of the bugle.

Question:
How and when should an individual salute the colors?

Answer:
Uniformed personnel are expected to salute the colors when passing by in a parade or during the rising or lowering of the flag. Civilian personnel should place their right hand over their hearts at these times to honor our nation.

Question:
What is "Honors?"

Answer:
Rendering honors means to stand quietly and respectfully. When required, a salute is given by military persons in uniform. If you are in civilian clothing, you should place your right hand over your heart. Honors are given to the Nation, to certain individuals, and to the uniformed services, often represented by a flag or a song. When in doubt, follow the lead of the senior people present.

Question:
What is a Change of Command ceremony?

Answer:
A Change of Command ceremony is a symbolic passing of authority and responsibility from one command to the next. All are invited to attend the ceremony, which is typically followed by a reception with punch and cake.

Question:
What is a military "dining out" function?

Answer:
A "dining out" is the similar to a dining in, however, spouses, guests and friends are invited to attend.

Question:
What is Army protocol and how is it different from civilian social etiquette?

Answer:
Army protocol is a combination of etiquette and good manners blended with the rich heritage of traditions and courtesies of military life and is designed to let us know what to expect in a given situation.

Question:
What is the correct protocol for military weddings?

Answer:
As with other military ceremonies, military weddings are rich in tradition. It is a formal affair, with military personnel in dress uniform and commanding officers seated according to rank. One of the most memorable traditions is the "crossed sabers," also known as the "arch of sabers." It is tradition for the bride and groom to walk through the arch of swords, formed by an honor guard made up of members of the military who would normally wear a sword or saber when in dress uniform. This is meant to ensure the couple’s safe transition into their new life together. Contact the chaplain in your military community for more information on military weddings. There are also a variety of books available on military protocol and resources on the Internet.

Question:
What is the correct protocol for parades?

Answer:
Official marches and reviews may include soldiers, vehicles, and a band and may be included as part of a change of command, an honors ceremony, a retreat ceremony, a retirement, or to observe a special holiday. Certain areas will be reserved for invited guests, and additional seating may not be available for everyone. These parades are official functions, and appropriate dress and behavior are expected.
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