FM 7-21.13 PDF

Study Flashcards On The Soldier’s Guide (FM ) at Quickly memorize the terms, phrases and much more. makes it easy to get the . The Army is an organization that instills pride in its members because of its history, mission, capabilities, and the respect it has earned in the service of the. Field Manual No. , Headquarters Department of the Army Washington, DC, 15 October FM THE SOLDIER’S GUIDE.

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As you continue in your service, remember that these also help in unit and self-discipline, building the team and demonstrating your professionalism. With the Declaration of Independence and the formation of troops, came the need for items to identify the soldiers and military units. The present policies stem from ideas and practices dating back to the Revolutionary War. Bythe motion was modified to touching the hat, and since then it has become the hand salute used today.

The term “Colors” means the national and organizational colors. Enlisted personnel are expected to be courteous to officers and likewise officers are expected to return the courtesy.

It is a privileged gesture of respect and trust among soldiers. It’s a privilege, not a chore,” said 1LT Thompson. Male soldiers should remove headgear with their right hand and hold it over the left shoulder so that the right hand is over the heart. That responsibility is for the performance of the team and the very lives of the soldiers in it. Units display their unit history and battle honors on their colors.

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Speak with your own voice. Some other simple but visible signs of respect and self-discipline are as follows: In the evening “Retreat” is played prior to “To the Colors. On February 20,General Washington’s headquarters issued an order on flags. Courtesy among members of the Armed Forces is vital to maintain discipline. Tradition is a customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior help by an identifiable group of people. Never “wear” a superior’s rank by 7-21.31 something like, “the first sergeant wants this done now,” when in fact the first sergeant said no such thing.

Fn you report to an officer of superior rank, approach the officer to whom you are reporting and stop about two steps from him, assuming the position of attention. When a number of flags are displayed from staffs set in a line, the flag of the United States will be at the right; to the left of an observer facing the display.

Simple courtesy is an important indicator of a person’s bearing, discipline, and manners. The green berets of the Army’s Special Forces.

Knights in armor raised visors with the right hand when meeting a comrade. The Army flag reflects our history and touches the lives of generations of Americans. Bugler from the Army Band When dropping the salute, bring your hand directly down to its natural position at your side, without slapping your leg or moving your hand f, to the side.

Many of the words we use in the Army are unique and have been added to our vocabulary from different parts of the world and at different times in history. Our military 721.13 are really the “Army Way” of doing and thinking. When the flag is being raised in the morning, you should stand at attention on the first note of “Reveille” and salute. As late asthe designs of regimental and national colors to be carried by Army organizations were the subject of correspondence between Washington and the Board of War.


Also, leaders of the colonists were familiar with military traditions and particularly those of England and France.

Many Army customs compliment procedures required by military courtesy, while others add to the graciousness of garrison life. Bythe stars and stripes design adopted by the United States in was generally known as the marine maritime flag used extensively at sea, but no Army National flag had been adopted prior to For example, we train soldiers to say sir or ma’am when gm to a higher ranking officer.

When I walk up to a soldier he should go to parade rest. Traditions are expressed in the things we do, the uniform we wear, and the things we say. Drums also served f military purposes in the eighteenth century, such as the regulation of firing in battle by the drummer’s beat. At other functions where the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, a soldier in uniform silently stands at attention facing the flag and renders the hand salute if outdoors. This flag was designed to meet the need for one banner to represent the entire Army.

Leaders willingly accept this responsibility as a privilege in itself. Some unit traditions are- Ceremonial duties.

7-12.13 the conclusion of the music, resume your regular duties. That National Color of the Army was carried until when it became the regimental color. In all color-bearing Army organizations were authorized to use the large campaign streamers currently displayed.

That sound means soldiers are ready and willing to accomplish the mission at hand.

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The concept of campaign streamers came to prominence in the Civil War when Army organizations embroidered the names of battles on their organizational colors. An interesting thing about traditions is that many of our Army traditions started out as something quite different from what they are now.


Customs include positive actions-things you do, and taboos-things you avoid. The most important thing to remember in any discussion about the “privileges of rank” is that with them come profound responsibilities. Consistent and proper military courtesy is an indicator of unit discipline, as well.

Continuous recognition of the significance of flags to the soldiers’ morale resulted in a well-defined system of flags for organizations at all echelons. When you are passing or being passed by colors that are being presented, paraded, or displayed, salute when the colors are six paces from you.