Working around the Pentagon, there are a LOT of silver oak leaves and eagles (i.e. senior officers). You will see a lot of complacency in junior guys blowing them off and not saluting them because there are so many of them everywhere. I try not to blow them off and usually make an effort to show proper military courtesies.
Sometimes you just can't win.
So there I was, standing on the street corner waiting for the DoD shuttle bus. This guy is approaching from down the street on my left. I saw him coming. He had the Army digital camouflage pants on. It was BUTT cold outside. He was wearing one of the old dark camouflage pattern heavy winter jackets and a black knit cap.
No rank insignia on the knit cap like you would normally see on the beret.
No rank insignia on the heavy winter jacket that I could tell. It doesn't help that the Army guys wear a "subdued" (black) insignia for O-5 and O-6 on their camouflage uniforms. At least on the newer digital camouflage uniforms, the black rank insignia stand out a little better. Anyway, I digress. In this case, if he was wearing a rank insignia, then I couldn't see it.
As he approached me, he said good morning. I said good morning in return. Then, as he was passing me, he made a snide comment to me about, "I guess Navy guys don't have to salute anymore."
What can you do?
The dude kept walking down the street, so I just bit my tongue and let it slide.