GUN Officer gave us a medal... shook our left hand? wtf?

WildBull

I don't know what he was trying to do. There was like 15 of us getting the good cookie ribbon certification, and the Major was giving the award cert with his right hand and shaking our left hand. Was this a sign of disrespect? I don't know if he's got something wrong with his other hand or what but I thought it was interesting, or just a retarded reservist mistake.
 

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Made a mistake, should be handing you the award folder with his left hand, while shaking with the right, and then to the salute.
 

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WildBull

Yeah, I know he should shake with his right, which is why I was confused. He did the left handed thing with everyone.
 

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i've noticed a lot of officers don't know anything about basic military customs and courtesies other than "i rate a salute." do they not teach this shit at OCS and TBS?
 

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i've noticed a lot of officers don't know anything about basic military customs and courtesies other than "i rate a salute." do they not teach this shit at OCS and TBS?
How much professional military education have you had there, champ?:ugh:
 

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i've noticed a lot of officers don't know anything about basic military customs and courtesies other than "i rate a salute." do they not teach this shit at OCS and TBS?

not once ever, your completly right officers are taught nothing other then enlisted have to salute us....:ugh:
 

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not once ever, your completly right officers are taught nothing other then enlisted have to salute us....:ugh:
As much as I hate it, I have to side with Accord on this one. It seems that many butter bars do not know military customs and courtesies with the exception of the ones that apply to them. In the AF I attribute it to them not having to read the PDG like all NCOs.
 

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i've noticed a lot of officers don't know anything about basic military customs and courtesies other than "i rate a salute." do they not teach this shit at OCS and TBS?

I can only speak for my own experience. At Army OCS we spent A LOT of time on drill and ceremony, customs, courtesies, etc. I would make the assumption that the service academies do the same. Can any ROTC grads comment on this? of course Im sure it will vary from program to program. As much as mos of you like to bust out officers for stuff, maybe this guy made a simple mistake....god knows enlisted/nco's never do amirite? :rolleyes:
 
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WildBull

I can only speak for my own experience. At Army OCS we spent A LOT of time on drill and ceremony, customs, courtesies, etc. I would make the assumption that the service academies do the same. Can any ROTC grads comment on this? of course Im sure it will vary from program to program. As much as mos of you like to bust out officers for stuff, maybe this guy made a simple mistake....god knows enlisted/nco's never do amirite? :rolleyes:


This is a Major, and seems pretty squared away. It's under my assumption that he knows what he is doing and knows policies and procedures.... which is why I think there was either something wrong with him or he did it on purpose. His grip was solid too which made me think he was confident in what he was doing. Either way it had me confused. :dunno: Promotions and awards always crack me up when people don't remember how to present stuff and how the procedure goes. :o
 

JSin

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i've noticed a lot of officers don't know anything about basic military customs and courtesies other than "i rate a salute." do they not teach this shit at OCS and TBS?
They do not teach how to give awards in OCS.

But, they did teach us some basic military customs and courtesies in basic training. College option FTW!

I can't vouch for those ROTC officers though.
 

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A lot of times it depends if they're doing pictures. Sometimes we have a retarded person doing photos that doesn't take them from the right angle, so in order for it to seem "natural" when holding the certificate and shaking they do the opposite hand.
 

mbh819

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We were taught several times how to give and receive awards in ROTC and most other customs and courtesies. None of the stuff is hard so I don't really see how people forget or mess it up.
 

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