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Department of Defense


NUMBER 1005.8

October 31, 1977

Certified Current as of November 21, 2003


SUBJECT:  Order of Precedence of Members of Armed Forces of the United States When in Formations

References: (a) DoD Directive 1005.8, subject as above, October 8, 1957 (hereby cancelled)

(b) Title 10, United States Code, Section 133


This Directive reissues reference (a) to update the listing of organizations and to change the order of precedence.  Reference (a) is hereby superseded and cancelled.


The provisions of this Directive apply to the Military Departments.


By virtue of the authority vested in the Secretary of Defense, under the provisions of reference (b), and pursuant to agreement with the Secretary of Transportation and the Secretary of Commerce, members of the Armed Forces of the United States and Merchant Marine midshipmen shall take precedence in the following order when in formations:

3.1.  Cadets, United States Military Academy.

3.2.  Midshipmen, United States Naval Academy.

3.3.  Cadets, United States Air Force Academy.

3.4.  Cadets, United States Coast Guard Academy.

3.5.  Midshipmen, United States Merchant Marine Academy. *

3.6.  United States Army.

3.7.  United States Marine Corps.

3.8.  United States Navy.

3.9.  United States Air Force.

3.10.  United States Coast Guard.

3.11.  Army National Guard of the United States.

3.12.  Army Reserve.

3.13.  Marine Corps Reserve.

3.14.  Naval Reserve.

3.15.  Air National Guard of the United States.

3.16.  Air Force Reserve.

3.17.  Coast Guard Reserve.

3.18.  Other training organizations of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, in that order, respectively.

Provided, however, that during any period when the United States Coast Guard shall operate as part of the United States Navy, the Cadets, United States Coast Guard Academy, the United States Coast Guard, and the Coast Guard Reserve, shall take precedence, respectively, next after the Midshipmen, United States Naval Academy, the United States Navy, and the Naval Reserve.

* Added


This Directive is effective immediately.  Forward two copies of implementing regulations to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower, Reserve Affairs, and Logistics) within 30 days.

Signed by: C. W. Duncan, Jr., Deputy Secretary of Defense