I strongly endorse this letter from our National Commander, Major General Courter and our Command Chief, Chief Master Sergeant Walpus about military courtesy. Saluting is a unique military courtesy used to show respect between members of the profession of arms. It has been granted to us because of our unique and close association with the Air Force, but we are still a civilian organization and do not share the risks, hardships and long separations that are common to military life. It is appropriate for CAP members to render a salute to members of the Armed Forces who outrank them and failure to do so will reflect poorly on CAP. Member of the Armed Forces are not required to salute CAP members and we should not expect it, but if a salute is given, we should return it smartly with a greeting. We have an excellent relationship with our Armed Forces counterparts and it is important that maintain it through our professional and appropriate conduct.
Thanks for all that you do as professional volunteers in the New Jersey Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
Col David Mull CAP
New Jersey Wing