Over 800,000 National Guard and Reserve service members have been activated since post-9/11. These members put their civilian careers on hold, assume risks in training for their missions, and share the same risks as their counterparts in the Active Components on the battlefield. It is ironic that they no longer become eligible for burial at Arlington National Cemetery upon returning to Selective Reserve status. In addition, those who retired with 20 years of satisfactory federal service are not eligible either. National Guard and Reserve members must be retired in pay to be burial eligible.
Given these conditions, ROA supports in-ground burial eligibility for:
- Any Reserve Component member who has served on active duty honorably in a combat or hazardous duty zone, but who has not been killed in the line of duty.
- National Guard and Reservists who are killed in the line of duty whether on Active Duty for Training (ADT), Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW) for less than 30 days, or Individual Duty Training (IDT).
- Deceased gray-area retirees, if entitled to retirement pay under Title 10.
- Spouses, surviving spouses, or dependent children of any group of eligible National Guard and Reserve members.