Full Military Honors

Military band

Commissioned officers, warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers (pay grade E-9) interred/inurned at Arlington National Cemetery will receive honors provided by the decedent's branch of service. These honors include standard military honors, and may also include:

  • An escort platoon (size varies according to the rank of the deceased)

  • A military band

Additionally, those eligible for full military 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 of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps 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. Minute Guns may be used for general officers/flag officers of the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. The President of the United States is entitled to a 21-gun salute, while other high state officials receive 19 guns.

The cemetery staff will make arrangements for military funeral honors when requested by the next of kin. A military chaplain may also be requested.

Please note: In accordance with guidance from the Secretary of the Army (SecArmy Memorandum, Subject: Funeral Honors at Arlington National Cemetery for Soldiers Who Die as a Result of Wounds Received in Action, dated 2 January 2009), all service members who die from wounds received as result of enemy action and are being interred, inurned or memorialized at Arlington National Cemetery, are eligible to receive full military honors.