For Families Attending
an Arlington National Cemetery Service
1 Dependent Services
When a spouse or other dependent of a current or former member of the Armed Forces is buried at Arlington, the military service in which the primary party served will provide a casket team and a chaplain. No other military funeral honors will be rendered unless the spouse also served in the military.
2 Standard Honors Services
Enlisted service members interred/inurned at Arlington National Cemetery will receive honors provided by the decedent’s branch of service.
These honors include:
A casket team (body bearers / pall bearers)
A firing party
3 Full Honors Services
In addition to the standard military funeral honors, Commissioned and Warrant officers and senior non-Commissioned Officer with a pay grade of E-9:
ARMY: Sergeant Major (SGM), Command Sergeant Major (CSM), Sergeant Major of the Army (SMA),
NAVY & COAST GUARD: Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO), Fleet/Command Master Chief Petty Officer, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON), or Coast Guard (MCPOCG),
MARINES: Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt), Sergeant Major (SgtMaj), Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (SgtMajMC),
AIR FORCE: Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt), First Sergeant, Command Chief Master Sergeant, Chief Master Sergeant
of the Air Force (CMSAF),
are eligible for full military funeral honors at Arlington National Cemetery including:
An escort platoon (size varies according to the rank of the deceased)
A military band
Additionally, those eligible for full military funeral honors at Arlington National Cemetery may use the caisson, if available. Officers in the rank of colonel and above in the Army and the Marine Corps may be provided a caparisoned (riderless) horse, if available. General/flag officers may receive a cannon salute (17 guns for a four-star general, 15 for a three-star, 13 for a two-star, 11 for a one-star), if available.