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Hey everybody. Any idea what "officer on deck" means when used as a salutation?

Any help would be greatly appreciated...
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Hi Coffeecustard,

Can you give a little more context? Are you on a naval ship? More information would be helpful. Could it have been "officer of the deck"?
Actually they're a bunch of federal marshals from the Witness Protection Agency transporting a witness (the bad guys are trying to kill him before he testifies)... They're sort of stranded and their leader jumps into another car and drives off so they think he got cold feet on them. When he eventually returns he is greeted with "officer on deck" by one of them.

It's a scene from this stupid horror flick, Route 666.
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I'm guessing the person you are talking about is a superior officer of the people and of the person who saluted him with the "officer on deck".

If that is the case, then the person who said "officer on deck" was the one who was informing everybody else in the room or vicinity that a superior officer has just entered the vicinity. "Officer on deck" is used to call everyone in the vicinity to stop and drop whatever they are doing and stand in attention to give respect to the officer who has just entered.

Hope this helps. =D

C/COL H. WONG
Battalion Commander
Citizen Army Training
Philippines
brilliant reply, I couldn't agree more
keep in mind...you drop everything if it can be done so in a safe manner
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you say it when you see an officer higher than your rank and your units under you command know to rise and salute
"Officer on deck is" is whenever a higher ranked officer comes to any group of army personnel. They will basically show them the respect by giving the officer his/her attention.
you say it when you see an officer higher than your rank and your units under you command know to rise and salute.
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