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    Have a seat…but not there: Protocol rules for precedence, seating, and dining

    Have a seat…but not there: Protocol rules for precedence, seating, and dining

    Photo By Haley Walker | Following the internationally recognized precedence system will ensure order at...... read more read more

    PANAMA CITY, FL, UNITED STATES

    08.15.2019

    Story by Susan H. Lawson 

    Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division

    Did you know there is an order to who goes first, who goes last, and what order people are seated? Nothing speaks louder than showing respect for position and rank. Following the internationally recognized precedence system will ensure order at functions and create a memorable event.

    The United States Department of Defense has established a formal Order of Precedence that determines the order of precedence for official visit activities, assignment of government quarters and seating arrangements for official functions. A shared ride, whether a hired car or personal vehicle has a seating protocol. In a personal car, the place of honor is directly to the right of the driver. This seat is given to highest-ranking person. The place of honor in a taxi or chauffeured vehicle is the rear passenger seat – the seat closest to the curb when getting out of the car. Of course, in all instances, consideration should be given to an altered seating arrangement for any honored guest who may have difficulty sitting or getting up from their seat.

    When seating arrangements are made for a conference room or dining table, the position of honor is to the right of the host.

    When taking your seat at the table approach the right side of the chair and enter from your left side. At the end of the meal, push your chair back from the table and exit from the right side, then push the chair back up to the table. While dining, guests are to order first whereas the host is to begin dining first.

    Napkins should not be picked up until the host does so. When temporarily leaving your seat, place the napkin in your chair. At the end of the meal, place the napkin on the table. Refrain from re-folding the napkin.

    The bread plate is located on your left side and your drink is on the right. With silverware, work your way in from the outside through each course.

    As a common courtesy, cell phones are to be kept off the table. If a phone call is necessary, excuse yourself from the table and take the call elsewhere.

    We hope that these tips are helpful for any event you may attend or host. If you have questions about protocol services, contact the NSWC PCD Public Affairs Office’s Protocol Officer at (850) 230-7400.

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    Date Taken: 08.15.2019
    Date Posted: 08.15.2019 17:12
    Story ID: 336081
    Location: PANAMA CITY, FL, US 

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