Back to Basics: Customs and courtesies are at unit’s forefront

| April 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Command Sgt. Maj. Mary L. Brown
Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army-Pacific



ALIAMANU MILITARY RESERVATION — Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army-Pacific, conducted “back-to-basics” training at the Aliamanu Military Reservation Chapel, here, March 30.

The focus of the unit’s noncommissioned officer professional development was on “Military Customs, Courtesies and Traditions,” found in Field Manual 7-21.13, Chapter 4 (“Personal Appearance Policies and Uniform Appearance”) and Army Regulation 670-1, Paragraph 1-7 and 1-9.

Befitting for the topics being discussed, the duty uniform for the NCOPD was Army Service Uniform or Class As.

Discussion topics covered general guidelines in the wear and appearance of the uniform and proper conduct while wearing the uniform.

The class also discussed military customs, courtesies and traditions, including the definitions of a custom and a courtesy. Briefers gave plenty of examples and held discussions.

The consensus of those in attendance was that, over the past decade of persistent conflict, the Army has lost some of its basics in terms of discipline, some of its customs have fallen by the wayside, and there is a lack of emphasis on military courtesy.

Some points of intense debate were the importance of the hand salute, why a salute is provided, and reasons behind Soldiers avoiding saluting and returning salutes.

Trainers discussed the seven Army values in depth, and Staff Sgt. Luis Hernandez and Spc. David Vasquez, both with HHBN, USARPAC, gave a class on their personal experiences with the Army’s values.


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