Why do some soldiers salute like they do?
September 13, 2012 1:09 PM Subscribe
Other than the few people I know who have gone through military training; and haven't been able to give an explanation regarding this to me, I'm curious as to why some army-men/navy-men/airmen salute as they do?
By that I mean what goes into the use of the two types of salutes I've seen: the vertical back-of-the-hand forwards (seems more common with British soldiers) raised to the eyebrow salute vs. the horizontal flat hand with the index touching the brow, pinky forward (seems more common with American and other soldiers)?
posted by pyrex to law & government (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Does it have to do with whatever branch you're in? Is it a cultural thing? Is it a respect-depending-on-the-situation thing? I'd just love to understand this!