OK, to throw a bit of a wrench in the gears - To you Officers...
You are out and about, on foot, and are approached by an NCM, you can tell he's trying to spot your rank and is getting a bit apprehensive, would you initiate contact with something like "Lovely Morning, isn't it?" or "How do you like this weather?"
I have always found that the more "seasoned" Officers used to give us this little hint. Is this something you consider a practice or was I just dreaming it all? Having said this I only ever observed this happening in Gagetown, Greenwood and Shearwater, the latter two being air bases.
Inch's comments struck a chord, I once had to escort a buddy to Greenwood to see the Dentist and was very surprised to be asked my first name by a Colonel and then have him shake my hand and give me his! Upon the standard, "Nice to meet you, Sir" I got back a big grin and, "No, it's Mike!" Took me a while to get used to that. Good thing I was thinking when I got back to Aldershot, it would have been a good one to see the Duty Officer's face when I called out, "Back with your man, Dave!!" I'm sure someone would have gotten a laugh out of it.
Sorry for the small hijack.