transportation, water or air transportation. Information on the shipping schedule is
forwarded to the next of kin as far in advance as possible so the family can plan for the
g. Escorts. One escort is authorized to accompany the remains of a deceased
military member (more than one may be assigned if not used concurrently).
(1) Travel. The escort is provided round trip transportation and other
appropriate expenses to accompany the remains to the final destination.
(2) Escort qualifications. The escort may be military or civilian. Any member
of the Army on active duty may be selected for escort duty. Military escorts are
generally selected by the responsible commander at or near the place of death.
Selection of an Army escort is extremely important because the escort is in direct
contact with the bereaved relatives and he represents the Army in dealing with them.
The appearance, character, and sobriety of the escort should be above reproach. Not
only should he have a pleasing personality, he also should be tactful and capable of
taking appropriate action in an emergency. If practicable, he should be of the same
rank, branch of service, and religion and should speak the same language as the next
h. Flag and Flag Case. A flag of the United States, with plastic flag case, is
authorized for the primary next of kin and the parent or parents of the deceased military
member (if parents are other than primary next of kin).
(1) Next of kin flag. The next of kin flag is used to drape the casket at the
funeral home and during interment services. After interment services, the flag is folded,
placed in the flag case, and presented to the primary next of kin.
(2) Parent's flag. When the parents are not the primary next of kin, they are
authorized to receive a flag and flag case. This flag may also be presented at the
interment service or if they are not present at the interment, it is mailed to them.
(3) Display flag. The display flag is carried by the escort and upon arrival at
the final destination terminal, the escort immediately drapes and secures the flag onto
the shipping container or casket cover. This flag is returned to the shipping installation
i. Interment Allowance. Interment may be made in a Government cemetery
or a civilian cemetery, in accordance with the desires of the next of kin. The NOK or
funeral director arranges for the interment whether it is a Government cemetery or
civilian cemetery. An interment allowance is paid by the Army toward burial expenses.
The NOK designates the consignee (funeral director or superintendent of a national
cemetery) who receives the remains.