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1 Military Customs and Courtesies
MIDN 2/C Smith, R. MIDN 2/C Broadwater, Z. 31 AUG 2006

2 Objectives Know rank structures among all 4 branches of service and how they are related. Recognize Midshipmen ranks, as well as those of Army and Air Force Cadets Know the Importance of following Chain of Command (CoC) Briefly describe the two branches of the Chain of Command (CoC)

3 Objectives Briefly describe the roles & responsibilities of key battalion billets. Be able to identify and exhibit professionalism Be able to exhibit proper etiquette around the unit Become familiar with Military Customs

4 RANK STRUCTURES “Never trust a private with a loaded weapon, or an officer with a map.” -Anon


6 Rank Structures Midshipmen officer ranks are indicated by gold bars worn on the collar or shoulder-boards Army and Air Force cadet ranks can be found in the East Passageway Rule of Thumb: If it is shiny, then salute! Salute all Officers, Colors & Standards not cased.

7 Army Cadet Ranks Army Cadets wear their rank on their collars EXCEPT while in BDU’s. Rank is worn on the cover while in BDU’s

8 Army Cadet Ranks

9 Air Force Cadet Ranks Air Force Cadet Insignia will be worn on either the collar or the shoulder-boards.


11 Chain of Command “You know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat you with 'til you understand who's in ruttin' command here.” -Jayne, Firefly

12 What is Chain of Command?
The sequence of leadership in an organization who have direct authority and primary responsibility for accomplishing the assigned unit’s mission while caring for personnel and property in their charge.

13 Importance of Chain of Command
Essential for effective management, accountability, and a strong means of operation. It  provides  a  method  of showing respect to the next senior person in the chain as well as a method of maintaining the integrity of the organization.


15 ADMINISTRATIVE CoC BNCO BNXO Department Head Department Head
Billet Billet Billet Billet Billet Billet Billet Billet Billet

16 Professionalism

17 What is Professionalism?
The standing, practice, or methods of a professional, as distinguished from an amateur.

18 Entering Staff Offices
Stand at attention and knock three (3) times “Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Sir/Ma’am/Gunnery Sergeant/ Senior Chief, MIDN (Your Name) request permission to enter/reporting as ordered/(state your purpose).” SOUND OFF!!! Wait till granted permission to enter, then come to attention in front of his desk. If waiting outside, stand at parade rest.

19 Being Addressed By Staff
When addressed by a staff member, stand up at parade rest!!!

20 Addressing Staff MIDN or Active Duty, address all staff and those appointed over you at every occasion. Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Sir/Ma’am/Gunnery Sergeant/ Senior Chief.

21 Answering the Phone “Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening University of Florida Navy ROTC, MIDN (your name), how may I help you?”

22 Raising and Lowering of the Flag
As soon as flag detail starts marching, stop where you are and stand at attention. When the flag is raised or lowered, if in uniform salute until detail has stepped off. If not in uniform stand at attention until detail has stepped off.

23 Send it up your chain of Command!
Any Questions???? Send it up your chain of Command!

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