Why don't gate guards salute officers?

@LH-CaptainText:Question: Why aren’t the gate guards saluting officers when they come through the gates? It seems disrespectful.

Answer: As the commanding officer of Naval Base Ventura County, let me assure you that the pride and professionalism of our security personnel is paramount. Our civilian security personnel are the “front line” for the installation, and they literally have the safety and security of our Sailors, their families, our dedicated civilian personnel and critical missions in their hands.

To directly answer your concerns, CNIC policy has recently changed regarding salutes rendered by civilian contract security and Department of the Navy civilian police officers. This policy is in line with U.S. Navy regulations.

Salutes are a custom between military members dating back as far as Roman times when soldiers approached each other in a manner to indicate they were not armed. The custom evolved over many centuries in many militaries, but it has always been a custom between military members. It is also important to understand that the salute is a custom of mutual respect. That is why both members salute when each is recognized.

Two key points here: One is that salutes are between military members. At NBVC, our gate guards are civilian security personnel and not required or expected to salute military members. Second, on the occasion that a military member is standing the watch at our gates, they will salute active duty officers — and as a courtesy, retired officers — when recognized either by being in uniform and/or by providing their military ID card. DoD vehicle stickers, while a form of corroborating identification, are not proper military identification. If you have ever left your ID card at home and tried, unsuccessfully, to gain access to the installation, you know this is true. In short, we salute people, not cars.

I expect that our civilian guards will continue to display outstanding professionalism and customer service at our gates. They will render a proper greeting, verify proper identification, allow access to our installation and state, “Welcome to Naval Base Ventura County.” While no one is perfect, and we may fall short of expectations, we will always strive to do our very best in representing our installation and our Navy.

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