(c) "Not To Be Opened" when health requirements preclude opening the
d. Clothing. Uniform clothing authorized for burial of deceased military
personnel consists of currently prescribed uniforms including underwear, hose, necktie,
and shoes (if requested). It also includes complete insignia of grade, organization and
service, company ribbons, and ribbons indicating decorations and awards. The uniform
must be satisfactory and complete in every detail for size and fit.
(1) The uniform of the deceased may be used if it is in serviceable condition.
If a serviceable uniform is not available, the government will furnish the uniform at no
expense to the deceased.
(2) Civilian clothing is furnished at government expense, if requested by next
(3) Identification tags are attached securely to the remains. These tags are
e. Cremation. Cremation may be arranged by Army authorities or by next of
kin. Services provided include the crematory charges, an urn, and transportation to the
(1) Cremation is authorized only upon written or telegraphic requests of next
of kin. Army authorities are not permitted to suggest cremation as an expedient in
effecting disposition of remains. If there is any doubt about the legal right of cremation,
remains will not be cremated.
(2) When arrangements for cremation are made by military authorities, the
commercial crematory will prepare a receipt for the remains and upon completion of the
cremation, furnish a release indicating that the remains were cremated and the ashes
placed in the receptacle delivered to the Army representative.
(a) Cremated remains are handcarried by escort via air or surface
transportation to next of kin.
(b) Army authorities responsible for cremation procure a suitable urn for
the cremated remains and provide for engraving the urn. The urn is inscribed with the
following information: name, grade, SSN, branch of service, year of birth, and year of
f. Transportation of Remains. Transportation is authorized at Government
expense for shipment of remains. The remains may be transported by means other
than common carrier when a common carrier is available, provided that expenses do
not exceed that of common carrier transportation. Commanders arranging for shipment
of remains determine the method of shipment. Shipment may be made by surface