The Salute is unique for Salvationists, with the first finger of the right hand raised above the shoulder, pointing upwards. The salute reminds each other that only the heaven is our everlasting home, and testifies the resolve to make our way heavenwards. The Army salute also helps to identify us as Salvationists.
The Salvation Army Uniform reflects the military principles upon which the Army is organised. It serves three purposes: internally its use provides a sense of identity and indicates membership; externally it provides a widely recognised symbol of availability and service; internationally it is the most recognised and recognisable cultural icon for Salvationists, part of the glue that holds the denomination together.