In What Order Should United States Military Flags be Displayed?


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In what order should United States Military Flags be displayed?

Department of Defense Directive 1005.8

The Department of Defense Directive 1005.8 asserts the order of precedence of military personnel when in formation, which we can safely assume mirrors that of military flags: display military flags in this order.

  1. Army
  2. Marine Corps
  3. Navy
  4. Air Force
  5. Coast Guard

In what order should you display your Military Flags with other flags?

Whether they are being marched in a parade or flown outside a home or Government building, there is a specific order in which all flags must be displayed.

According to the Department of Defense guidelines, the order of precedence for flag display is as follows:

  • First: The Flag of the United States of America. If displayed with other flags, the American Flag should always be larger than the other flags or relatively the same size as the largest flag. If the flags are displayed together on poles or display stands, the American flag should always be flown higher than the other flags or displayed on the (flag’s own) right
  • Second: State Flags are flown in alphabetical order
  • Third: Military Flags are flown in order of establishment: (1) Army Flag, (2) Marine Corps Flag, (3) Navy Flag, (4) Air Force Flag, and (5) Coast Guard Flag.
  • Fourth: Other flags representing municipalities, cities, organizations, etc.