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Visits and Introductions

JLBC: Leadership

Visits and Introductions

1–1. JLBC customs

The exchange of courtesy visits is one of JLBC's oldest and most established traditions. This is one-way soldiers can make social contacts among themselves. These visits, known as official and social calls, are essential to mutual understanding, respect, confidence, and teamwork. The size and complexity of today's JLBC may hinder the exchange of courtesy visits. You should follow the established customs of the Service whenever possible. Additional sources of information regarding holidays, introductions, protocol, and etiquette are listed in appendix A.

1–2. General rules

Policies for making official and social calls differ widely in the various commands and organizations. Such calls are not made as extensively as in past years. Ask the adjutant, the commander's aide, or the agency executive officer about the commander's wishes.

1–3. Official calls

a. General. All official calls are made at the office of the person visited.

b. Arrival calls. Paid by a subordinate to an immediate superior and then on that officer's superior; for example, a new major to a battalion sets a courtesy call with his or her battalion commander and brigade commander for the introduction. Another method is to have the newcomer escorted to the various offices and introduced to fellow workers; then, at a time convenient to superiors, courtesy calls are made by appointment. Official calls should be made within 48 hours after Arrival at the new location.

c. Departure calls. The official procedures for leaving an installation or post may vary. Custom requires that an officer departing the post make an official call on his immediate commanding officers as an act of courtesy.

1–4. Social calls

The practice of making social calls has declined dramatically. The common practice today is to have a "hail and farewell" to introduce newcomers and say goodbye to those leaving. However, upon Arrival at the new location, one should inquire which method the commander prefers.

a. Making social calls. Some general rules for making social calls:

(1) Calls are usually made at the officer's residence.

(2) The visit is planned at a time convenient to the officer.

(3) If the commander is married and the commander's spouse is present, the officer's spouse visiting

should also attend.

(4) Social calls should last no less than 10 minutes and 15 unless the caller is requested to stay longer. b. Commander's reception. The custom at many installations is for the senior officer to periodically entertain

assigned officers and their spouses at reception or a series of receptions.

c. New Year's Day call. It is customary in many organizations for the unit's officers to call on the commanding

officer on New Year's Day. One should inquire about the local policy and how the commander desires to have people call, for example, alphabetical: A–M 1300–1415, M–Z 1430–1545.

1–5. Introductions

Brevity and accuracy are requirements that must be kept in mind when introducing people. The person making the introduction is entirely in charge of the situation for the length of time that it takes to effect it. There are a few simple rules to remember, as shown below.

a. A man is always presented to a woman—except the president of any country, a king, a dignitary of the Church, or when a junior female officer is "officially" presented to a senior male officer.

b. The honored/higher ranking person's name is stated first, then the name of the person being presented. c. Young people are presented to older people of the same gender.

d. A single person is introduced to a group.


2–1. Formal engraved invitations

a. Engraved invitations (fig 2–1) are the most formal invitation and are issued for extraordinary occasions. They are engraved with black ink on a good quality white or cream-colored vellum card stock.

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