The senior returns the salute,
answering Carry on or Very well. Then
end the salute.
SALUTING ABOARD SHIP
The following rules pertain to saluting when you
board or leave a ship:
When boarding a ship that is flying the national
ensign, stop on reaching the upper platform of
the accommodation ladder or the shipboard
end of the brow, face the national ensign, and
salute; then, salute the officer of the deck
When leaving the ship, salute in reverse order;
first to the OOD and then to the national
When wearing civilian dress with a hat,
remove the hat when boarding and leaving a
When boarding and leaving foreign ships, the
same rules apply as for American ships.
The following rules apply to saluting aboard ship:
Aboard Navy ships juniors salute all flag
officers (officers above the grade of captain),
the commanding officer, and visiting officers
senior to themselves on every occasion of
meeting, passing near, or being addressed.
On the first daily meeting, salute all senior
officers who are attached to the ship.
Salute whenever addressing or being addressed
Salute inspecting officers during official
SALUTING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
The following guidelines pertain to saluting the
STAND AT ATTENTION.
FACE THE APPROPRIATE DIRECTION AS
1. Face the national ensign if displayed during
the playing of the national anthem.
2. Face the music when the national anthem is
played and the national ensign is not
SALUTE IN THE APPROPRIATE MANNER
1. If in uniform and wearing the headgear,
salute at the first note of the anthem. End
the salute on the last note.
2. If not in uniform and wearing headgear,
remove the headgear at the first note of the
anthem; hold the headgear over the heart
until the last note of the anthem.
inclement weather, raising the headgear
slightly over the head is permitted.)
3. If not in uniform and not wearing headgear,
place the right hand over the heart.
4. If in an automobile and within sight of the
displaying of the national ensign or within
hearing distance when the national anthem
is played, stop the car and sit at attention.
Remain at attention until the last note of the
anthem is played or the display ceremony is
Your headgear (capsometimes referred to as a
hat or cover) is an integral part of your uniform. The
Regulations, NAVPERS 15665, apply to the wearing
1. You need not wear uniform headgear on
ships at sea outside harbor limits, except on specific
watches specified by the commanding officer. The
commanding officer may also specify the wearing of
headgear at sea on ceremonial occasions.
2. Wear uniform headgear in port, unless
prevented by safety precautions.
3. Outdoors, remain covered at all times
except during a religious service not associated with a
military ceremony or unless ordered to uncover.
Remain covered during invocations or other religious
military ceremonies such as changes of command,
ships commissionings and launchings, and military
burials. Chaplains conducting religious ceremonies
will guide participants following the customs of the