Originally Posted by Cut-Throat
Now this is truly hilarious!
Almost as silly as making military pedestrians stop and salute the flag officer's, er, flag waving on his car bumper as he drives by.
I think it's embarrassing to drive through a base gate and get saluted by the security teams-- especially if they're civilian contractors. Only the military should have to do that, and then only if you're in uniform and wearing your cover to return the salute. I know they're only saluting the car's officer sticker, but the effect appears to be the saluting of a ponytailed surfer dude.
On second thought maybe they're just rendering honors to the lifestyle.
My kid asked me why they do that, and I explained it and added "Either that or they can recognize a steely-eyed killer of the deep when they see one." But if I was really that good then I'd still be granted access to torpedoes & missiles...