Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: salute
Tue, 29 Sep 1998 09:56:21 -0400
In the military one salutes the uniform, not the person. The same would be
true in Scouting. In uniform, the US Flag is visible. If one wants to make
this the point of the salute, it seems OK. The PLC should make the decision
though, and without pressure.
Actually, in the military the salute is directed at the RANK of the person
in the uniform, not the uniform itself. More often than not, saluting in the
military (at least in my experience) was not so much a sign of respect, or
even courtesy, as it was simply a chore.
I'm sorry, but I simply can't see a reason to REQUIRE Scouts to salute adult
leaders. There is nothing wrong with using a salute as a sign of respect, or
courtesy, but requiring the salute takes that concept away. If I require a
Scout to salute me because I'm an SM, the salute very quickly becomes a
chore to the Scout. It loses any significance as a sign of respect because
he's no longer saluting to show respect. He's saluting because I told him
to. Even when there is a genuine feeling of respect, the salute would still
be seen as a chore.
I can guarantee that, in my eight years in the military, no one I saluted
could tell whether I respected them or not. The salutes I gave were the same
in either case. Only I knew which officers I respected and which I was
saluting because I HAD to.
A. J. Mako, firstname.lastname@example.org , Scoutmaster Troop 381
Home of the Unofficial Win95 Boy Scout Desktop Theme,
Old Portage District, Great Trail Council, BSA
"I used to be an Eagle (C-7-97), but I'll always be an Eagle (1981)"