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A 5 page research paper that examines and discusses the history of various military customs and courtesies, such as the hand salute, bugle calls and the use of flags. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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the course of American history and the Armys service to the Nation (U.S. Army 4-1). The customs, courtesies and traditions that the Army upholds and values connect the soldiers of
today with their comrades throughout history, as they reflect the organizational pride that is a part of this military institution. The following examination of Army history focuses on the Armys
customs and courtesies. Customs: The Army honors numerous customs and traditions, some of which have evolved from the distant past and others are quite recent in origin. A "custom"
is defined as "an established practice" and this includes both positive actions and taboo actions, which are avoided (U.S. Army 4-2). The customs of the Army constitute its "common law"
and some examples include: * Never criticize the Army or a leader in public. * Never go over the heads of superiors-dont jump the chain of command. * Never
offer excuses. * Never wear a superiors rank by saying something like, the first sergeant wants this done now, when in fact the first sergeant said no such thing. Speak
with your own voice. * Never turn and walk away to avoid giving the hand salute. * Never run indoors or pretend you dont hear (while driving, for example)
to avoid standing reveille or retreat. * Never appear in uniform while under the influence of alcohol. * If you dont know the answer to a superiors question, you will
never go wrong with the response, I dont know sir, but Ill find out (U.S. Army 4-2). Courtesies: The Armed Forces still the need for courtesy as courteous
behavior is the foundation for formulating good human relations (U.S. Army 4-2). Some of the Armys most common courtesies include "the hand salute, standing at attention or parade rest...(and) addressing