Happy Birthday U.S. National Guard
The first militia regiments in North America organized in Massachusetts on December 13, 1636. In the time since, the United States National Guard (Army and Air Force) has grown to include the militias in every state and territory of the United States. The National guard serves as the first line of defense in the continental U.S., and as part time and full time reserves for our military branches. Additionally, the National Guard provides supplies, personnel, and expertise in response to domestic emergencies.
On December 13 each year, we celebrate almost four centuries of the United States National Guard.
Flying Your National Guard Flag Outdoors
The Department of Defense Directive 1005.8 asserts the order of precedence of military personnel, which we can safely assume mirrors that of military flags on an Outdoor Flagpole. That order is as follows: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. However, the Coast Guard Flag moves up right behind Navy when the Coast Guard operates as a service of the Department of the Navy during a time of war. As of this writing, the D.O.D. Directive has not been updated to include the Space Force flag (current as of 2003).
The recent addition of the Space Force flag has, therefore, generated some confusion. Most visible examples show the Space Force flag placed between the Air Force and Coast Guard flags. However, though it meets with historic precedent and follows the same guiding reasoning, this precedence has not been documented in writing that we have found.
In a mandatory directive from the Secretary of The Air Force (downloadable here) in August of 2020, the Space Force flag is ordered to be flown in the sixth position, after the Coast Guard flag (as pictured throughout our website).
When the flags are being flown on multiple Outdoor Flagpoles, the American Flag should always be flown first in line. If you are flying the Army National Guard Flag or Air Force National Guard Flag on the same pole as your American Flag, it should be of equal size or smaller and flown below the American Flag.
Displaying Your National Guard Flag Indoors
When displaying Indoor Ceremonial Flags, the order of precedence remains the same as when they are displayed outdoors. The Indoor American Ceremonial Flag is always displayed first in the order. It’s also important to remember that when a Military Ceremonial flag is presented by a color guard, either indoors, during a parade, or on the playing field, a Parade Carry Belt must be worn.
Military Desk Flags and sets are another way to show your support for U.S. Armed Forces. Desk flags are small and versatile; they can be displayed on a podium, a desk, or even a window sill. These small flags can also be waved during a parade or celebration for the U.S. National Guard.
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