This post covers the requirements are for in-ground burial as well as inurnments at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The requirements for in-ground burials at Arlington National Cemetery are the most stringent in the country. The requirements for burial at Arlington National Cemetery have been tightened in recent years as more and more veterans want to be buried at Arlington. There are between 25 and 30 funerals every week day at Arlington, and at the current rates the Cemetery will be completely full in 2025, although there are plans to extend Arlington’s time as an active military cemetery until 2065. One of the most popular questions that visitors have about the Cemetery is how does one qualify to be buried there.
Here are the basic qualifications for in-ground burial (interment):
Arlington National Cemetery also has a large columbarium, which houses cremated remains. The requirements for inurnment, as it is called, are much less stringent. Obviously, anyone who qualifies for burial can also be inurned in the columbarium, but essentially anyone who has served in the military, including the reserves, and has been honorably discharged can be inurned in the columbarium. All fees associated with either internment or inurnment, including the funeral costs, are paid by the Army, so there is no cost to a veteran.
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