SGT. SHAFT: Who can be buried at Arlington Cemetery?

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Dear Sgt Shaft:

What are the requirements for a veteran to be laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery?

J.C.,
Via the Internet

Dear J.C.:

The requirements for ground burial at Arlington National Cemetery are as follows:

• 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.

• 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).

• Any former member of the Armed Forces separated honorably prior to Oct. 1, 1949, for medical reasons and who was rated at 30 percent or greater disabled effective on the day of discharge.

• Any former member of the Armed Forces who has been awarded one of the following decorations:
— Medal of Honor.
— Distinguished Service Cross (Navy Cross or Air Force Cross).
— Distinguished Service Medal.
— Silver Star.
— Purple Heart.

• The president of the United States or any former president of the United States.

• Any former member of the Armed Forces who served on active duty (other than for training) and who held any of the following positions:

• An elective office of the U.S. government.

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

• An office listed, at the time the person held the position, in 5 USC 5312 or 5313 (Levels I and II of the Executive Schedule).

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