Military Flag Order of Precedence

Have you ever wondered where the Marine Corps flag should stand next to the service flags of the other military branches?

Although Marines think we’re better than everyone else, the Marine Corps flag is not the ranking flag when all U.S. military flags are displayed (but it’s close).

Here’s the order of precedence:

  1. American Flag
  2. Army Service Flag
  3. Marine Corps Flag
  4. Navy Service Flag
  5. Air Force Service Flag
  6. Coast Guard Service Flag
Military Flag Order
Correct Order of Precedence for military service flags; ranked by seniority from left to right.

 

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Correct order of precedence for American Flag and U.S. military service flags.
Correct order of precedence for American Flag and U.S. military service flags.
A joint color guard carries the U.S. Flag, Army Service Flag, Marine Corps Flag, Navy Service Flag, Air Force Service Flag, Coast Guard Service Flag.
A joint color guard carries the U.S. Flag, Army Service Flag, Marine Corps Flag, Navy Service Flag, Air Force Service Flag, Coast Guard Service Flag.

Correct order of precedence

4 Comments

  1. Michael Sivers

    where would the Pow/Mia and the American Legion Post flags be in the precedence order?

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    • Precedence is American, then in order of importance, so generally POW would be next, then state, then organizational.

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  2. Earl F,. Suchomelly

    Do you know why the Coast Guard flag is after the Air Force flag since the Coast Guard was founded before the Air Force.

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    • We do know that:

      “The order of precedence when displaying military flags together is Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. Except that Coast Guard moves up right behind Navy when the Coast Guard serves as a service of the Dept of the Navy in time of war. The basic citation is Department of Defense Directive 1005.8”

      In regards to the reason – some say its because the Coast Guard was not “part of the big four” – even though they are older than the Air Force.

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