VIP Codes

VIP Code Chart

Air Force Protocol
from 'Til Wheels are Up'

VIPCODE
DV CODE 1
President of the United States
Heads of State/Reigning Royalty
DV CODE 2
Vice President of the United States
Governors in Their Own State
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Former Presidents of the United States
US Ambassadors When at Post
Secretary of State
President, United Nations General Assembly
Secretary General of the United Nations
Foreign Ambassadors, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary accredited to the US (in order of presentation of their credentials)
President, International Court of Justice
Widows of Former Presidents of the United States
Ministers and Envoys of Foreign Powers accredited to the US (in order of presentation of their credentials)
Associate Justices of the Supreme Court
Retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
Retired Associate Justices of the Supreme Court (Associate Justices who resign have no rank)
The Cabinet:
(other than the Secretary of State) ranked according to the date of establishment of department;
Secretary of the Treasury
Secretary of Defense
The Attorney General
Secretary of the Interior
Secretary of Agriculture
Secretary of Commerce
Secretary of Labor
Secretary of Health & Human Services
Secretary of Housing & Urban Development
Secretary of Transportation
Secretary Energy
Secretary of Education
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Permanent Representative of the US to the United Nations
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
US Trade Representative
Director, Office of Management & Budget
Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors
Chief of Staff to the President
Director, National Drug Control Policy
President Pro Tempore of the Senate
United States Senators (by seniority of Senate service; alphabetically when equal)
Governors when not in their own State (by State admission to the Union or alphabetically)
Former Vice Presidents of the United States
Former Governors*
Acting heads of Cabinet level departments
House of Representatives (by seniority of House House service; alphabetically when equal)
Delegates to the House of Representatives from the District of Columbia, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Ameri-can Samoa
Governor of Puerto Rico
President's National Security Advisor
Counsellor and Assistants to the President and the Presidential Press Secretary
Charges D’Affaires of Foreign Powers
Charge's ad interim of Foreign Powers
Former Secretaries of State
Former Cabinet Members

Deputy Secretaries or Under Secretaries of executive departments or the number two person in each department as follows:
Deputy Secretary of State
Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
Deputy Secretary of Defense
Deputy Attorney General
Under Secretary of the Interior
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Deputy Secretary of Commerce
Under Secretary of Health and Human Services
Under Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Deputy Secretary of Energy
Deputy Secretary of Veterans' Affairs
Deputy US Trade Representative
Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget
Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Solicitor General
Administrator, Agency for Int’l Development
Director, U.S. Arms Control & Disarmament Agency
Director, U.S. Information Agency
Under Secretaries of State and Counsels (Political Affairs, Economic Affairs)
Under Secretaries of executive departments or the number three person in each department whatever the title, including the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology (on acquisition matters only - DOD Precedence List)
U.S. Ambassadors at Large
Secretary of the Army
Secretary of the Navy
Secretary of the Air Force
Postmaster General
Chairman, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System
Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality
Former Secretaries of the Armed Services*
Chairman, US Export-Import Bank
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology (ranks above Service Secretaries on acquisition matters), followed by Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, DOD Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (DOD Precedence List. Department of State places with all other Under Secretaries of Departments just after Under Secretaries of State.)
Retired Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Chiefs of Staff of the Army & Air Force; Chief of Naval Operations; Commandant, Marine Corps (by date of appointment)
Commandant of the Coast Guard
Commanders-in-Chief of Unified and Specified Commands of four-star grade
Retired Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Retired Service Chiefs
Retired Commanders-in-Chief in four-star grade
Five-star Generals and Admirals
Retired five-star Generals and Admirals
Lieutenant Governors/Acting Governors
Chairman, Permanent Council of the Organization of American States
Secretary General, Organization of American States
Representatives to the Organization of American States
Heads of International organizations (i.e., NATO, CENTO, SEATO, IMF, WORLD BANK, etc.)
Other Under Secretaries of Executive Departments not covered above (Department of State places them just after Under Secretaries of State.)
Foreign non-accredited diplomats with Ambassador rank
Apostolic Delegates
Administrator, General Services Administration
Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Chairman, Merit Systems Protection Board
Director, Office of Personnel Management
Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
Chairman, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Director, ACTION
Director, Peace Corps
American Ambassadors (on State and Official visits to the US, Washington DC area only)
Chief of Protocol, Department of State
American Ambassadors (on State and Official visits to the US, outside Washington DC)
Ambassadors of career rank on duty in the US
State Secretary of State, in own state*
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition (DOD Precedence List. Department of State places in DV Code 4 status just after Special Assistants to the President.)
DV CODE 3
Chief Judge/Judges of US Court of Appeals, Washington DC
Chief Judge/Judges of US Court of Appeals
Chief Judge and Associate Judges, US District Court for District of Columbia
Governor of Guam
Governor of Virgin Islands
Mayors of Cities (by date state admitted to the Union or alphabetically)
Acting Chief of Protocol at the White House
Cardinals*
Deputy United Nations Representative
Deputy Director, Environmental Protection Agency
Deputy Administrator, Agency for International Development
Deputy Administrator, US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
American Charge's d'Affaires
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (DOD Precedence List. Department of State places after Special Assistants to the President.)
Director Defense Research and Engineering (DOD Precedence List. Department of State ranks with other Directors of Executive Departments.)
Assistant Secretaries, Counselors, and Legal Advisors of Executive Departments (in DOD, following Assistant Secretary are General Counsel; DOD Inspector General; and Director, Operational Test and Evaluation)
Judges on Court of Military Appeals (DOD Precedence List. Department of State ranks them just after Chief Judge and Associate Judges, US District Court for DC.)
Under Secretaries General of the United Nations
Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Administrator, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
Deputy Director, General Services Administration
Deputy Director, US Information Agency
Deputy Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Deputy Director, Office of Personnel Management
Deputy Director, ACTION
Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Assistant Administrator, Agency for International Development
Assistant, US Trade Representative
Deputy Director, Peace Corps*
Vice President, WORLD BANK*
Deputy Assistants to the President
Comptroller General
Members of the Council of Environmental Quality
Members of the Council of Economic Advisors
Chief and Associate Justices of a State Supreme Court
American Ambassadors (either designate or in the US on leave or under normal orders)
Representatives of US Missions to EEC and OECD
Archbishops*
High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands*
Under Secretaries of Military Departments (Army, Navy, and Air Force)
Ministers of Career Rank
Vice Chiefs of the Services*
Assistant Secretaries and General Counsels of the Army, Navy, and Air Force (DOD Precedence List. Department of State places them after Generals and Admirals.)
Generals and Admirals
Retired Generals and Admirals
Director, Selective Service System
Attomey General of a State*
The Special Assistants to the Secretary of Defense*
The Special Assistants to the Deputy Secretary of Defense*
Assistants to the Secretary of Defense*
Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense Administration and Management (DOD Precedence List. Department of States places with Directors of Executive Departments.)
Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense Program Analysis and Evaluation (DOD Precedence List. Department of State places with Directors of Executive Departments.)
Commanders-in-Chief of Unified and Specified Command (three-star), by date of appointment (FLIP Precedence List. Department of State places with other three-stars.)
SES Four-star equivalents (Level 6)*
DV CODE 4
Other Directors of Defense Agencies, e.g. DLA, DMA, NSA, DCA, DARPA (DOD Precedence List. Department of State places with other Directors of Executive Departments.)
Deputy Under Secretaries of Executive Departments (non-statutory) (In DOD, followed by Deputy Directors of Defense Research and Engineering, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Defense, Principal Deputy General Counsel, Deputy Inspector General, Principal Deputy Comptroller, Director of Net Assessment, Director of Defense Procurement, and Director Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization) (DOD Precedence List. Department of State places just after Deputy Under Secretaries of the Executive Departments.)
Administrative Assistants for the Army, Navy, and Air Force*
Lieutenant Generals and Vice Admirals
Retired Lieutenant Generals and Vice Admirals
President of the Senate of a State*
State Senators in own state
Former American Ambassadors and Ministers (Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions) in order of presentation of credentials
Heads of Independent Agencies not mentioned previously including; Chairman, Federal Maritime Commission; Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency; and Chairman of Board of Contract Appeals
Acting Assistant Secretaries of Executive Departments
President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Treasurer of the United States
Director of the Mint
Treasurer, Comptroller or Auditor of a state*
Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Delegates, or Assembly of a State*
Chairman, United Services Organization, Inc.*
Other Chairmen of Bureaus, Boards and Commissions not previously mentioned
Chairman, National Institute of Standards and Technology*
Librarian of Congress
Vice Chairmen and members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Secretary of the Senate
State Representative, Assemblyman, or Delegate in own state*
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute
Director, National Science Foundation
Surgeon General, Public Heath Service
Chairman of the American Red Cross
Bishops of Washington D.C.*
Non-Accredited Ministers of foreign powers assigned to foreign diplomatic missions in Washington DC
Deputy Chief of Protocol, Department of State
Commissioner, US Customs Service
Other Commissioners, (Executive Level IV)
County Judges, District Court Judge for county*
Special Assistants to the President
Deputy Under Secretaries of the Executive Departments (Department of State Precedence List. DOD Precedence List places above Assistant Secretaries of Executive Departments.)
Deputy Under Secretaries of Executive Departments (Non-statutory). (Department of State Precedence List. DOD Precedence List Places them after Other Directors of Defense Agencies.)
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretaries and Principal Deputy General Counsels of the Army, Navy, and Air Force (DOD Precedence List. Department of State places just after Major Generals/Rear Admirals.)
Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Executive Departments (In DOD, followed by Deputy General Counsels, Defense Advisor US Mission NATO, Secretary of Defense Representative to international Negotiations, Deputy Comptrollers, and Assistant Inspector Generals) (DOD Precedence List. Department of State places just after Major Generals/Rear Admirals.)
Deputy Under Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force
Assistant Chiefs of Protocol, Department of State
Directors of Executive Departments (Department of State Precedence List. DOD Precedence List places them at bottom of DV Code 3 and top of DV Code 4.)
National Security Council Senior Staff Member*
Defense Attache's*
Counselors of Embassies
Counsels General of Foreign Powers
Members of Secretary of Defense Boards*
SES Three-star equivalent*
DV CODE 5
Major Generals & Rear Admirals (Upper Half)
Retired Major Generals & Rear Admirals (Upper Half)
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretaries and Principal Deputy General
Counsels of the Army, Navy, and Air Force (Department of State Precedence List. DOD Precedence List places them just above Deputy Under Secretaries of the Military Departments.)
Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Executive Departments (Department of State Precedence List. DOD Precedence List places them just above Deputy Under Secretaries of the Military Departments.)
Deputy Assistant Secretaries and Deputy General Counsels of the Army, Navy, and Air Force
Chief Judge and Judges, US Court of International Trade
Chief Judge and Associate Judges, US Court of Claims
Chief Judge and Associate Judges, US Tax Court
Chief Judges and Associate Judges, Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
OSD Historian*
State Chairman, National Commission for Employer Support of the National Guard and Reserve*
US Attorneys*
District Attorneys*
County Sheriffs*
Board President, County Commissioners*
Deputy for (positions in the Air Force)*
Assistant General Counsel of the Air Force*
Scientific and Technical Advisors to the Air Staff*
Directors of the Air Staff (SES Level)*
Other SES Major General equivalents (Levels 3 & 4)/GS-17*
DV CODE 6
Brigadier Generals & Rear Admirals (Lower Half)
Retired Brigadier Generals/Rear Admirals (Lower Half)
County Clerks*
City Council Member*
Assistant Surgeon General, Public Health Service*
US Consuls General*
Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense and Principal Directors*
Doorkeeper of the House of Representatives
Chaplain of the Senate
Members of Bureaus, Boards, and Commissions
White House Executive Directors*
Assistants to the Vice President (only Assistant to Vice President for National Security Affairs has official ranking)*
Indorsing Agents for Military Chaplains*
City Attorneys*
Deputy Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force (SES Level)*
Division Chiefs of the Air Staff*
Other SES Brigadier General equivalents (Levels 1 & 2)/GS-16*
Administrative Law Judges*
DV CODE 7
Captains (USN, USCG) and Colonels (Army, Air Force), by date of rank*
US Counsels, Counselors of Foreign Powers*
GS-15*
Justice of the Peace*
City Clerk*
DV CODE 8
Senior Enlisted Advisors of the Armed Services (Master Chief Petty Officers of the Navy and Coast Guard, Sergeants Major of the Army and Marine Corps, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force)*
Retired Senior Enlisted Advisors of the Armed Service (as above)*



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