The Honor Guard is the formal representative of the Executive Office of the Sheriff and the Sheriff's Department at all types of functions in Stanislaus County including funerals, graduations, parades, major and minor league sporting events, and other special activities. The deputies who comprise the Honor Guard come from military and non-military backgrounds. Each deputy must have discipline and stamina and present a professional appearance on a daily basis. Joining the Honor Guard is voluntary but very competitive. The Honor Guard practices monthly and drills before every event. In rain or shine, heat or cold, the Honor Guard maintains its strict composure, precise military bearing, and meticulous attention to detail.