MILITARY HONOR GUARD SPECIALIST SUPERVISOR (3703)
I. NATURE OF WORK:
A Military Honor Guard Specialist Supervisor is the supervisory level of work
serving as a uniformed honor guard at burial services for military veterans in the State of
Maryland. Employees in this classification supervise Military Honor Guard Specialists.
Employees receive general supervision from a Military Honor Guard Manager.
Work is performed throughout the State in all kinds of weather and at irregular hours,
including weekends. The work requires standing for long periods of time and lifting 50
pounds or more. Work involves working with rifles and other weapons.
The Military Honor Guard Specialist Supervisor and the Military Honor Guard
Specialist Lead are differentiated on the basis of supervisory responsibility. The Military
Honor Guard Specialist Supervisor has full supervisory responsibility for Military Honor
Guard Specialists. The Military Honor Guard Specialist Lead assigns, reviews and
approves the work and trains lower-level Military Honor Guard Specialists. The Military
Honor Guard Specialist Supervisor and the Military Honor Guard Specialist Manager are
differentiated on the basis of the scope of supervisory responsibility. The Military Honor
Guard Specialist Supervisor is a first line supervisor of Military Honor Guard Specialists.
The Military Honor Guard Specialist Manager manages Military Honor Guard Specialists
through the direct supervision of Military Honor Guard Specialist Supervisors.
II. EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Examples are illustrative only)
Assigns, reviews, approves and evaluates the work of Military Honor Guard
Ensures proper staffing levels, approves leave requests and prepares work
schedules for maximum use of time and resources;
Maintains time and attendance records;
Inspects area facilities to ensure necessary team uniforms, equipment, vehicles,
weapons and supplies are available, assigned, maintained and safeguarded;
Prepares and conducts drill and ceremonial training and instruction for funeral
Reviews and prepares records and reports on the Military Funeral Honors Program
policies, objectives, and standard operating procedures to determine effect on operations
and need for revisions and additions;
Represents the State of Maryland and the Military Department as a member of the
honor guard at burial services of veterans;
Performs specialized team positions such as pall bearing, folding and presenting of
the United States flag, casket bearing, casket watch and firing detail in accordance with
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Executes military drill and ceremonial maneuvers;
Operates, maintains and safeguards military weapons;
Maintains exceptional standards of Military bearing and appearance;
May perform taps at military funerals and ceremonies;
Performs other related duties.
III. REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of basic military drill and ceremonial techniques;
Knowledge of the Honor Guard program, policies, procedures, objectives and
Skill in executing military drill and ceremonial maneuvers;
Skill in operating, maintaining and safeguarding military weapons;
Skill in inspecting and maintaining assigned uniforms, equipment and supplies;
Skill in preparing accurate records and reports;
Ability to instruct, plan, direct and evaluate the work of Military Honor Guard
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other
team members, the National Guard and the public;
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively;
Ability to operate standard office equipment.
IV. MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high
school equivalency certificate.
Experience: 18 months of experience serving as a uniformed honor guard at
burial services for veterans.
Note: Additional experience as described above may be substituted on a
year-for-year basis for the required education.
V. LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND CERTIFICATES:
Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the
operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess
a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.
MILITARY HONOR GUARD SPECIALIST SUPERVISOR
VI. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE CLASSIFICATION:
1. Pursuant to National Guard Bureau regulations, employees in this classification,
with the exception of those functioning as buglers, are required to meet the following
a) Employees are required to be active or retired members of the National
Guard or retired from the Armed Forces of the United States.
b) Employees are required to successfully complete an eight hour gun safety
and usage weapons class.
c) Employees are required to successfully complete one hundred and forty
hours of honor guard training including eighty hours of attendance at the
Army or Air Force Honor Guard School.
2. Candidates may be given a medical examination to determine physical ability to
do the job.
3. Employees may be required to take a physical fitness test and medical
examination each year to determine their physical ability to perform the job.
4. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in
accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of
5. Employees are subject to initial and periodic satisfactory background
investigations, including a check of criminal history.
DATE REVISED: September 13, 2002
Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various
State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using
department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.
Director, Division of Salary Administration
and Position Classification