Chief Spouse’s position

Significance of a Chief Spouse’s position:


Transaction from E-6 to E-7 is quite possibly the biggest step in an enlisted person’s career.  This is also important for the Spouse.  The chief’s wife is a role model, has more responsibility and higher expectations.  This may include support of the Command’s policy, and involvement with the community.  You must decide how much involvement is right for you! The example you set, negative or positive will have an impact on the other spouses.


Social Protocol:

Rules of etiquette are very important to follow.

Know how to introduce other people is a basic part of good manners.  Generally there are no hard and fast rules, except in military and diplomatic protocol.

Some steps:

When you introduce members of the military to someone, use their rank or title.  by giving titles, rates, and ranks you provide the necessary information.  When meeting other spouses you should do what comes natural.  However, when first introduced to a spouse older than you, it is best first to address them by Mr or Mrs.



~Sea Service etiquette As the spouse of a chief petty officer, other spouses may lookup to you for guidance.  If you are in doubt, as to the proper protocol, look to a senior spouse for guidance.


~Flag Etiquette During a ceremony, when the flag is being hoisted or lowered, or passed in a parade or review, all persons present, except those in uniform, should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over their heart.   Uniform should render the military salute.  (when all else fails look around and see what the others are doing).

During an honor ceremony, uniform show respect to flags of other countries with a salute and others should stand at attention.


~National Anthem Etiquette Went the flag is displayed during the playing of the national anthem all present, except those in uniform should stand at attention with their right hand over their heart.  Men NOT in uniform should remove their hat with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the right hand over their heart.

Uniform stand at attention and render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and hold their salute until the last note is played.  If no flag is displayed, those present should face the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag was displayed.   The same respects should be shown during the playing of a foreign national anthem.


~Service Song Etiquette It is customary for service members to stand when their service song is played.  Family members may also rise.  On some occasions all service member may stand during the playing of  all the service songs.  Take your cue from those around you.



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