A guide to protocol and etiquette.PDF
Practices developed among nations in the course of their contacts with one another
define the essence of protocol. Protocol is the combination of good manners and
common sense, which allows effective communications between heads of state and their
representatives. It is not static. Rather, it is an evolving science that, over the years, has
lost much of its traditional pomp and picturesque ceremony. Changes in accepted
protocol, however, are best left to the highest policy-forming officers in the Department
of State. Errors in protocol may be mistaken as a signal of a change in the international
climate. Persons using this pamphlet are cautioned that unauthorized innovations in
protocol, however well intentioned, are improper.
Etiquette encompasses the body of manners and forms prescribed by custom,
usage, or authority. It is accepted as correct behavior when people deal with one
another. Etiquette preserves respect for the rights and dignities of others. In short,
etiquette represents good manners. Today, many of the old established customs are
blended with less restricted ways of life—of entertaining with little or no help, in
communicating with others, and in coping with everyday problems that once were
handled by a staff. The full integration of women and divergent cultures into the
Services brought more changes. Service people now have a more knowledgeable way of
life. Still, as in bygone years, there are certain rules to be followed in order to reach the
goal of easier, gracious living.
As with any rule of the road, a charted course will get you to a specific place at a
given time for a certain occasion. Proper etiquette is not artificial. It is a practical set of
rules. When learned, these rules save time that would be wasted in deciding what is
proper. Etiquette helps people proceed with the more important phases of social interaction.
The intent of this pamphlet is to provide you with the basics of proper protocol and
etiquette. Using this information as a foundation, you should feel at ease in such matters
as calling cards, introductions, invitations and responses, official dinners, seating and
precedence, forms of address, and arranging visits for important visitors. With practice,
protocol and etiquette will not be difficult but will be instead a natural, courteous way
to properly greet and entertain civilian and military visitors and colleagues.