Probably no one ever noticed that the Indian Army, Navy & Air Force salute styles are different from each other. The gesture of respect comes with such modest reasons that you will be amazed at the chivalry of the Defence Forces. When they raise their hands for the salute, they don’t just greet but honor. Dated back to Roman times with origins from Medieval Europe, this tradition is a mark of institutional graciousness. You will surprised to know the meaning behind the salutes of our three Defence Services.
Here is why the salutes of the forces differ and the reasons are so reasonable-
Indian Army – Open palm facing the person in front
In Indian Army, a salute is executed by an open palm gesture with the weapon hand, with fingers and thumb together and the middle finger almost touching the hatband or the eyebrow. It not only establishes trust among the personnel but also proves that the person saluting has no immoral intentions and no weapons hidden up anywhere.
Indian Navy – Open palm facing the ground
In Indian Navy, a salute is executed with the palm facing the ground at a 90 degree angle to the forehead. Basically, the reason behind this is to hide the hands of sailors that get dirty due to oil or grease stains while working on the ship.
Indian Air Force – Open palm at a 45 degree angle to the ground
Indian Air Force issued new salute norms to its personnel in March 2006. This salute involves the palm at a 45-degree angle to the ground and the right arm being sharply raised from the front by the shortest possible way. It is a mid-way between the Army and Navy salute and was standardised to make it more convenient for the IAF. Earlier, IAF hand salute was just like the Army.
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