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Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard are selectively chosen to represent Airmen serving in the U.S. Air Force. Through their precise drill movements, immaculate uniform appearance and attention to detail, these Airmen display the integrity, service and excellence expected of airmen around the world. To be selected for the USAF Honor Guard means you are chosen to be the face of the Air Force to American and global audiences as you represent the Air Force in ceremonies, special events and performances across the nation and around the world.

What to Expect

All ceremonial guardsmen of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard have the responsibility of representing the U.S. and the Air Force in a variety of ceremonies conducted throughout the capital area, including ceremonies at the White House, Pentagon, National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and sacred Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The USAF Honor Guard also travels across the country representing the Air Force at hometown events, high schools and some of the biggest major-league sporting events.

U.S.Air Force Honor Guard RecruitingAs an Airman in the USAF Honor Guard, you are entrusted to uphold the standards of all Airmen in the Air Force -- you represent them. You must epitomize perfection in dress and appearance, customs and courtesies and drill and ceremonies. You are responsible for ensuring that you, and your fellow wingmen, are physically and mentally prepared to flawlessly execute the USAF Honor Guard's mission.

Noncommissioned Officers U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Recruiting
Junior NCOs can serve in leadership positions as NCOs in charge or element leaders in the only selectively manned 210-member squadron with a full-time ceremonial mission. NCOs perform in all unit ceremonies while also executing a variety of ancillary responsibilities, including mission scheduling, standardization/evaluation and U.S. Air Force Drill Team operations. All NCOs ensure subordinate ceremonial guardsmen maintain mission readiness and will have immediate supervision of between five and 10 Airmen.

Senior Noncommissioned Officers
U.S. Air Force Honor Guard RecruitingSNCOs are responsible for day-to-day operations of a flight as superintendent or NCOIC, supervising flight-level operations for as many as 50 to 60 Airmen. SNCOs advise flight commanders on planning, operational matters, mission readiness and ceremonial standards. SNCOs are ceremonial guardsmen and perform in all unit ceremonies and ensure subordinate guardsmen maintain mission readiness. Ceremonies include presidential inaugurations, joint-service state and Air Force funerals, joint-service and Air Force wreath ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, White House and Pentagon arrival and departure ceremonies and Air Force and joint-service parades throughout the National Capital Region. 

Company Grade Officers U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Recruiting
In addition to standard flight commander duties, the USAF Honor Guard officers provide mission briefs to senior DoD and Air Force leadership -- routinely briefing the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and other Air Force general officers. Company grade officers primarily lead ceremonial formations in two functions: commanding Air Force formations in joint-service ceremonies honoring the President of the United States, foreign heads of state and senior DoD leaders; and leading Air Force ceremonies during military honors funerals, performing as many as 10 full-honors funerals each week at Arlington National Cemetery.

Commander's Statement

Vowing to stand sharp, crisp and motionless, members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard practice every day to represent the Air Force in events in the nation's capital, around the country and across the world. Throughout their tour on the USAF Honor Guard, ceremonial guardsmen display the excellence and precision of all Airmen as they participate in ceremonies for the President, Secretary of Defense, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, among other national and international dignitaries. However, the duty they train for the most is also the most somber - they honor Airmen and their families every day during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery.

The USAF Honor Guard is always looking for sharp Airmen with a deep devotion to duty and a strong sense of dedication. If you want to have a memorable and rewarding assignment; if you exhibit the highest professional military standards; if you look forward to the challenge of leading Airmen and representing all others serving your nation, then you are exactly the Airman the USAF Honor Guard is looking for - come join "The Chief's Own."

- Lt. Col. Thurston

How to Join the Honor Guard

There are two ways to join the USAF Honor Guard: as a basic trainee or as a prior-service Airman.

Have you not yet joined the Air Force?
Basic trainees are recruited regularly from Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. If you are interested in joining the Air Force and becoming a member of the USAF Honor Guard, your recruiter can contact us and assist you in the process. Click here to learn more about how to join the Air Force.

Already an Airman who has fulfilled your minimum time-on-station requirement?
If you are considered a prior service applicant, ensure you meet the minimum qualifications. Your chain of command will have to recommend you via Developmental Special Duty. After being recommended, you will need to fill out an application electronically.

The USAF Honor Guard does not have any positions for those serving in the Air National Guard or AF Reserve.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Members must be eligible for a permanent change of station reassignment.  Reference AFI 36-2110, Assignments Quality Control, paragraph 2.40, for specific requirements.

2. Performance reports must show the applicant has consistently demonstrated high standards of character, discretion, loyalty and performance.

3. No physical disqualifiers, to include history of posture, back, knee, feet, joint or equilibrium problems.

4. 20/20 vision is required, or it must be correctable via contact lenses.

5. Must present impeccable military image and conform to exacting grooming standards; no shaving waivers allowed.

6. No fear of firearms or have a history of anxiety, emotional or nervous system disorders.

7. Ability to speak clearly and distinctly with no speech impediment.

8. Desired height requirement for males is 5'10" and for females it is 5'6".

9. Have no conviction under the uniformed code of military justice during current enlistment.

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Permissive TDY Shadows Program
(available to E6 and above)
This program allows approved individuals to travel (at their expense) to Washington, D.C., and setup a shadow program with a current USAF Honor Guard guardsmen.  The USAF Recruiting section will handle the schedule of the day. This offers first-hand experience for those considering this assignment.  This program is available right now for E6 and above applicants.  If you are on a government TDY in Washington, D.C., consider contacting us to arrange a one-day extension to participate in this program.

PCS Sponsor Program
The USAF Honor Guard has a sponsor package prepared to send to every approved applicant. Depending on rank, a military training leader or technical training course supervisor will be the applicant's official sponsor. The USAF Honor Guard is committed to ensuring that everyone has a smooth transition to the unit, so please contact us if you are experiencing delays in receiving information (choose the "URGENT - I have PCS sponsor issues!" recipient choice). 

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BATAAN DAY | Members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard participate in a joint service wreath laying ceremony commemorating Bataan Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., April 9, 1963. During World War II, approximately 78,000 Allied troops (12,000 Americans and 66,000 Filipinos) surrendered to the Japanese at the tip of the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines on April 9, 1942. The troops fought under extremely adverse conditions for nearly five months prior to the surrender as they ran out of food, medical supplies, and ammunition. #throwbackthursday #tohonorwithdignity
AIR FORCE MEMORIAL | Members of the drill team perform in front of an honor flight at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., April 11, 2019. In 2017 the Honor Flight Network escorted over 200,000 veterans to various military memorials free of cost. #tohonorwithdignity
ONE OF OUR OWN | Ceremonial guardsmen had the honor of laying to rest former U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Commander Capt. Marcel Mayer on March 15, 2019. Mayer served as commander from 1974 to 1977 and among his many contributions, led the charge in bringing women into the unit. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Deion Franklin)
DRILL TEAM | At the request of our followers, here is an uninterrupted video of the drill team unveiling their newest routine in front of hundreds of spectators at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., Feb. 8, 2019. Enjoy!
TRAINING | Senior Airman Jeremy Luning trains fellow members of the colors element on military funeral sequences at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Feb. 28, 2019. It's important for guardsmen to be familiar with the sequences and be open to feedback before they obtain qualifications for different positions. Note: The reason the U.S. national flag is replaced with a state flag is to ensure the respect and dignity of the national is maintained, and to not impede the training of the other elements. During training there's potential for the flag to be dropped or damaged
NOT OUR FIRST RODEO | Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard showcased expert military precision in front of hundreds of spectators at the 94th Annual Rodeo Parade in Tucson, Az., February 21, 2019. This annual event celebrates a diverse and robust community and is the longest running non-motorized parade in the country. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Jalene A. Brooks)
ON THIS DAY | Members of the Air Force Honor Guard participate in a joint service parade to celebrate President George Washington’s birthday in Alexandria, Va., Feb. 22, 1969. (Credit U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Alumni Association)
Please enjoy this video of the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performing their latest routine in front of hundreds of Airmen at Keesler Air Force Base earlier today. (Note: The video has some disruptions due to technical difficulties during the live feed)
FINAL HONORS | Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and Band lay to rest Lt. Gen. Gary H. Mears (Retired) in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Feb. 1, 2019. Mears served as director for logistics, J-4, for the Joint Chiefs of Staff upon retiring from 35 years of honorable and faithful service to our country. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Joshua Freely)
APOLLO 1 | Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard participate in a Joint Service Dignified Arrival Ceremony for Astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Roger B. Chaffee at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Jan. 30, 1967. These astronauts, along with Edward H. White II, tragically lost their lives 52 years ago when a fire erupted in their command module during preflight testing on Apollo 1. #throwbackthursday #tohonorwithdignity
TBT | Members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard participate in a Joint Service Full Honors Arrival Ceremony in honor of Abdirashid Ali Shermarke, prime minister of the Somalia, hosted by President John F. Kennedy at the White House South Lawn, Nov. 27, 1962. (Credit U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Alumni Association) #ThrowBackThursday
HONOR THE FALLEN | Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and Band perform military funeral honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Dec. 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Joshua Freely)
TBT | Members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard participate in a Joint Service Full Honors Arrival Ceremony in honor of Gen. Abdul Hossein Hedjazi, chief of the supreme commander's staff of the armed forces of Iran, hosted by Army Gen. Earle Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Dec. 28, 1964. (Credit U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Alumni Association) #ThrowBackThursday
WIND ADVISORY | Guardsmen in both the Colors and the Continuous Training Element prepare for various qualifications during windy conditions at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Jan. 10, 2019. Guardsmen see adverse weather, such as yesterday's gusty winds and frigid temperature, as unique opportunities to build strength so they are prepared to execute their duties flawlessly, no matter the elements. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Joshua Freely) #NeverFailFriday
TBT | Members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard render honors to President John F. Kennedy as he walks from Marine One to Air Force One on Andrews Air Force Base, January 25, 1962. The first use of helicopters for transporting the President was in 1957 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower traveled on a Bell UH-13J Sioux. #ThrowBackThursday #JointBaseAndrews
RECOGNITION | Air Force Honor Guard Commander Lt. Col. Jason Harris presents guardsmen with certificates of promotion, quarterly awards, and decorations during a ceremony on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Dec. 18. Congratulations to all of our award winners and promotees! #NeverFailFriday
TBT | Members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard participate in a Joint Service Full Honors Arrival Ceremony in honor of South Korean Prime Minister Chung ll-kwon, hosted by President Lyndon B. Johnson, at the White House South Lawn, March 14, 1967. (Credit U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Alumni Association) #ThrowBackThursday
GRADUATION DAY | Members of Alpha Flight 2019 graduate the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard’s 8 week technical training course in Ceremonial Hall, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, December 14, 2018. Congratulations to our newest guardsmen!
HONOR | U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Firing Party members render a three round volley prior to the playing of Taps during a full honors funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, December 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Joshua Freely) #NeverFailFriday #ToHonorWithDignity #THWD
ON THIS DAY | Members of the Air Force Honor Guard participate in a joint service full honor arrival ceremony in honor of Chilean President Jorge Alessandri at Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va., December 13, 1962. The arrival was hosted by George McGhee, U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs. (Credit U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Alumni Association) #ThrowBackThursday

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