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It is appropriate for the President to retun a salute from a service member. However, since he makes the rules, it is his choice.

Since the Commander in Chief is the highest ranking person, he does not initiate a salute. However, some presidents have initiated a salute to those who have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

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Yes. The president is the Commander in Chief of all military personnel, and as such should return a military salute just as all other officers should.

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