Face Covering Policy

All personnel entering the cemetery will be required to provide proof of having face coverings in their possession during entry screening. Personnel not able to provide proof of having face coverings or masks in their possession will not be allowed to enter the cemetery. Visitors will wear their face coverings at all times while in the cemetery.

 
Published on Thursday, August 6, 2020
Website Maintenance

Several services across the ANC website and ANC Explorer are currently unable to send emails. This includes the Initiate Ceremony Request, Lost and Found, and Feedback Forms. We are working to restore this functionality and appreciate your patience.

 
Published on Monday, August 3, 2020

Establishing Eligibility

Arlington National Cemetery's eligibility requirements for burial and inurnment are different from other national cemeteries that are maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Eligibility for in-ground burial at Arlington National Cemetery is the most stringent of all U.S. national cemeteries. However, most veterans who have at least one day of active service (other than for training) and an honorable discharge are eligible for above-ground inurnment. Eligibility is determined at the time of need. 

 

 

 

 

Service  Member
with Honorable Discharge


Eligibility*

Inurnment in Columbarium Court or Niche Wall

In-Ground Burial (Casket)

Dies on Title 10 federal active duty (other than for training)

Yes

Yes

Dies on active duty for training only under Title 10

Yes

No

Veteran – retired from active duty and receiving retirement pay

Yes

Yes

Veteran – at least one day of active duty other than for training

Yes

No

Veteran – received Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross (Air Force or Navy), Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star or Purple Heart

Yes

Yes

Any member of a Reserve component of the Armed Forces, and any member of the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard, whose death occurs under honorable conditions while on active duty for training or performing full-time service

Yes

No

Any former prisoner of war who, while a prisoner of war, served honorably in the active military, naval or air service; whose last period of service terminated honorably; and who died on or after Nov. 30, 1993

Yes

Yes

 

 *Reflects current eligibility criteria in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 32, Part 553, Sections 12 and 13.