Any person serving on active duty at the time
of his or her death is eligible for burial at any open
(active) national cemetery.
Exceptional or unusual circumstances will be
referred to the COMNAVMEDCOM for a
Military honors for interment in national
cemeteries are the responsibility of the members
service. Honors for services at Arlington National
Cemetery are coordinated by the superintendent
of the cemetery with the COMNAVMILPERS-
COM or the CMC, as appropriate.
A metal, asphalt, or concrete vault may be
procured at the NOKs expense if it is preferred.
If the vault is privately procured, the
superintendent/director must be notified of the
outside dimensions to ensure the proper prepara-
tion of the grave. The contractor furnishing the
vault must also provide necessary equipment
and personnel for placing the vault in the grave
prior to the funeral service and for placement of
the vault lid after the service.
National cemeteries no longer have facilities
for viewing remains and as such, if the NOK
desires a viewing prior to interment, the remains
must be consigned to a local funeral director.
Unless it can be conclusively proven that
extraordinary circumstances exist with respect to
the condition of remains, interment in national
cemeteries will not be made on Saturdays,
Sundays, or holidays.
NAVAL PLOTS AND CEMETERIES
With two exceptions, the COMNAVMED-
COM exercises technical direction of naval
plots and cemeteries. Individuals eligible for
interment in a national cemetery will not be
authorized interment in a naval plot or cemetery.
When remains cannot be individually
identified, message reports shall be submitted in
accordance with BUMEDINST 5360.1. Depart-
mental action will be taken to designate the
collective remains for group interment. Group
interments will be made in a national cemetery,
within the 50 United States, as close to the
midpoint of the two most widely separated homes
of records of known deceased individuals involved
or as otherwise directed by the program managers.
The COMNAVMEDCOM will coordinate with
the other services as required.
Unidentified remains will be prepared,
wrapped, and placed into the minimum number
of caskets possible without overcrowding.
Partially segregated but unidentifiable remains
will be wrapped separately.
One or more escorts will be provided as long
as the number of escorts does not exceed the
number of deceased persons.
The PNOK and two blood relatives of each
deceased member in a group interment are
authorized round trip transportation to the place
of interment at government expense.
The ceremonies will be conducted with full
military honors and be in accordance with the
religious preferences applicable to all denomina-
tions represented within the group. Photographs
will be provided to the PNOK if desired.
The headstone or headstones will be in-
scribed with the names of all known deceased
1. NAVMED P-117, Manual of the Medical
Department, Chapter 17
2. NAVPERS 15560, Naval Military Personnel
3. BUMEDINST 5360.1, Decedent Affairs