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Department of Defense Directive number 1300.15 states that Military Funeral Honors details will be standardized. Three variations of the details are authorized:

a. Two Soldier Detail.  The two soldier detail will of a detail leader and second team member who will act as the bugler and the fold man.  A two soldier detail will be authorized to provide Funeral Honors for Veterans.  Eligible Veterans are defined as former Service Member who received and Honorable Discharge.

b. Nine Soldier Detail. Nine Soldier Detail will consist of an Officer in Charge/Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, six soldiers, Bugler and a Chaplain (if available).  A nine soldier detail will be authorized to provide Funeral Honors for the following:

  1. Retired Service Members.
  2. National Guard & Reserve Service Members not killed in action.
  3. Active Duty Service Members not killed in action.

c. Full Honors Detail. The Full Honors detail consists of twenty one Service Members. This detail will consist of 1 Non-commissioned Officer in Charge/ Officer in Charge, 6 Pallbearers, a 7 Soldier Firing Party with a Firing Party Commander, 1 Bugler, 4 Soldier Color Guard, and a Chaplain. A full honors details are authorized to provide Funeral Honors for the following:

  1. A Service Member killed in action.
  2. Medal of Honor recipient.
  3. A General Officer.
  4. An E-9 or above.

Letter to Funeral Directors. (PDF File)

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Nine Soldier Detail.  Nine Soldier Detail will consist of an Officer in Charge/Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, six soldiers, Bugler and a Chaplain (if available).  A nine soldier detail will be authorized to provide Funeral Honors for the following:

      1. Retired Service Members

      2. National Guard and Reserve Service Members not killed in action

      3. Active Duty Service Members not killed in action

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