Burial in Arlington National Cemetery

Regular Army: Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

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Summary:

For the four million people who visit annually, Arlington National Cemetery represents many different things. For some, it is a chance to walk among headstones that chronicle American history; for many, it is an opportunity to remember and honor the nation's war heroes; and for others, it is a place to say a last farewell during funeral services for a Family member or friend.

Eligibility:

Service Members who die while on active duty, retired members of the Armed Forces, and certain Veterans and Family members are eligible for burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Benefit Highlights:

Eligibility for Interment (Ground Burial of Casketed or Cremated Remains)

The persons specified below are eligible for ground burial in Arlington National Cemetery. The last period of active duty of former members of the Armed Forces must have ended honorably. Interment may be casketed or cremated remains.

  • Any active duty member of the Armed Forces (except those members serving on active duty for training only).

  • Any Veteran who is retired from active military service with the Armed Forces. This includes any Veteran who is retired from the Reserves is eligible upon reaching age 60 and drawing retired pay; and who served a period of active duty (other than for training). If, at the time of death, a retired member of the Armed Forces is not entitled to receive retired pay stemming from his service in the Armed Forces until some future date (gray area retiree), the retired member will not be eligible for ground burial. However, most Veterans, who have at least one day of active service for other than training and an Honorable Discharge, are eligible for above-ground inurnment.

  • Any former member of the Armed Forces separated honorably prior to October 1, 1949 who has served on active duty (other than for training) and who would have been eligible for retirement under the provisions of 10 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1201 had that statute been in effect on the date of his separation.

  • Any former member of the Armed Forces who has been awarded one of the following decorations:

    1. Medal of Honor

    2. Distinguished Service Cross (Navy Cross or Air Force Cross)

    3. Distinguished Service Medal

    4. Silver Star

    5. Purple Heart

  • Persons who have held any of the following positions provided their last period of active duty (other than for training) as a member of the Armed Forces terminated honorably:

    1. An elective office of the United States Government.

    2. Office of the Chief Justice of the United States or an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

    3. An office listed in 5 U.S.C. 5312 or 5 U.S.C. 5313.

    4. The Chief of a mission who was at any time during his/her tenure classified in class I under the provisions of Section 411 of the Act of 13 August 1946, 60 Stat. 1002, as amended (22 U.S.C. 866, 1964 ed.).

  • Any former Prisoner of War (POW) who, while a Prisoner of War, served honorably in the active military, naval, or air service, whose last period of military, naval or air service terminated honorably and who died on or after November 30, 1993.

  • The Spouse, Widow or Widower, minor Child(ren), or permanently dependent Child(ren), and certain unmarried adult Children of any of the above eligible Veterans.

  • Widows or Widowers of Service members who are interred in Arlington National Cemetery as part of a group burial may be interred/inurned in the cemetery, but not in the same gravesite as the group burial.

  • The surviving Spouse, minor Child(ren), or permanently dependent Child(ren) of any person already buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

  • The parents of a minor Child(ren), or permanently dependent Child(ren) whose remains, based on the eligibility of a parent, are already buried in ANC. A Spouse divorced from the primary eligible, or Widowed and remarried, is not eligible for interment.

Eligibility for Inurnment in the Columbarium or Niche Wall

The following persons are eligible for inurnment in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery. The last period of active duty (other than for training) of former members of the Armed Forces must have ended honorably.

  • Any member of the Armed Forces who dies on active duty.

  • Any former member of the Armed Forces who served on active duty (other than for training) and whose last service terminated honorably.

  • 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 he is on active duty for training or performing full-time service; performing authorized travel to or from that duty or service; or is on authorized inactive duty training including training performed as a member of the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard. Also included are those members whose deaths occur while hospitalized or undergoing treatment at the expense of the United States for injury or disease contracted or incurred under honorable conditions while on that duty or service or performing that travel or inactive duty training.

  • Any member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps of the Army, Navy, or Air Force whose death occurs under honorable conditions while attending an authorized training camp or on an authorized practice cruise, performing authorized travel to or from that camp or cruise, or hospitalized or undergoing treatment at the expense of the United States for injury or disease contracted or incurred under honorable conditions while attending that camp or cruise, performing that travel, or undergoing that hospitalization or treatment at the expense of the United States.

  • 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 active military, naval, or air service terminated honorably and who died on or after November 30, 1993

  • Any citizen of the United States who, during any war in which the United States has been or may hereafter be engaged, served in the Armed Forces of any government allied with the United States during that war, whose last active service terminated honorably by death or otherwise, and who was a citizen of the United States at the time of entry on such service and at the time of death.

  • Commissioned officers, United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (now National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) who die during or subsequent to the service specified in the following categories and whose last service terminated honorably:

    1. Assignment to areas of immediate military hazard.

    2. Served in the Philippine Islands on December 7, 1941.

    3. Transferred to the Department of the Army or the Department of the Navy under certain statutes

  • Any commissioned officer of the United States Public Health Service who served on full-time duty on or after July 29, 1945, if the service falls within the meaning of active duty for training as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(22) or inactive duty training as defined in 38 U.S.C. 101(23) and whose death resulted from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty. Also, any commissioned officer of the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service who performed active service prior to July 29, 1945 in time of war; on detail for duty with the Armed Forces; or while the service was part of the military forces of the United States pursuant to Executive order of the President.

  • Spouses, minor Children, and dependent adult Children of the persons listed above. (Army Regulation 290-5 defines an adult dependent Child as an adult permanently incapable of self-support because of physical or mental disability incurred before age 21.)

Additional Information:

For more information on burial in Arlington National Cemetery, including provisions for military honors, burial flags, headstones, and grave markers, please visit the ANC web site at:

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/

Arlington National Cemetery Brochure:
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Portals/0/Web%20Final%20PDF%20of%20Brochure%20March%202015.pdf

Document Review Date: 23 May 2016