the show of respect on the part of servicemen or military units. In the USSR military honors are rendered in meeting the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, the chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, the generalissimo of the Soviet Union, the USSR minister of defense, marshals of the Soviet Union, and admirals of the fleet of the Soviet Union, as well as the chairmen of the presidiums of the supreme soviet and the chairmen of the councils of ministers of the Union republics where the particular military garrison is located. Military honors may also be rendered in meeting and seeing off representatives of foreign states.
To render military honors an honor guard from platoon to company size (or corresponding dismounted formation of another combat arm) and an orchestra are appointed. An honor guard may also be composed of officers or sergeants only. Special military honors are rendered at funerals of servicemen or civilians who have performed special services to the state. To render these honors, troops making up an escort of honor are detailed. The procedure for rendering military honors at funerals is determined by the Garrison and Guard Duty Regulations of the USSR Armed Forces. Various forms of military honors are also rendered in foreign states.
A. S. MAKSIMENKO