PERMANENT MARINE CORPS UNIFORM BOARD (PMCUB)

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CHAPTER 5

 

 

AWARDS

 

 

SECTION 1:  GENERAL

 

 

PARAGRAPH

AUTHORIZATION ....................................

 

5100

DEFINITION OF TERMS ..............................

 

5101

PRECEDENCE .......................................

 

5102

AWARDS OF MILITARY SOCIETIES
AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS ..........................

 

5103

SENIORITY OF COLORS ..............................

 

5104

DECORATIONS, MEDALS, RIBBON BARS,
AND LAPEL BUTTONS WORN ON CIVILIAN CLOTHING ......

 

5105

SECTION 2:LARGE AND MINIATURE MEDALS

GENERAL ..........................................

 

5200

MOUNTED MEDALS ...................................

 

5201

WEARING LARGE MEDALS .............................

 

5202

WEARING MINIATURE MEDALS .........................

 

5203

 

SECTION 3:  RIBBON BARS AND FOURRAGERE

 

GENERAL ..........................................

 

5300

WEARING RIBBONS ..................................

 

5301

FOURRAGERE .......................................

 

5302

 

SECTION 4:  ATTACHMENTS

 

GENERAL ..........................................

 

5400

STARS ............................................

 

5401

LETTERS/NUMERALS .................................

 

5402

CLASPS ...........................................

5403

MISCELLANEOUS DEVICES

 

5404

 

SECTION 5:  MARKSMANSHIP BADGES

 

PRECEDENCE .......................................

 

5500

REGULATIONS FOR WEAR .............................

 

5501

 

 

FIGURE

 

 

TABLE

 

 

 


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SECTION 1:  GENERAL

 

 

5100.  AUTHORIZATION

 

1.  Marines may wear those awards described in the Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual (SECNAVINST 1650.1), when authorized by competent authority.

 

2.  Marines who receive awards from other services, or departments of the United States Government; or from foreign governments or other agencies may wear such awards on the Marine Corps uniform only as authorized herein.

 

3.  Marines who served in or were attached to another branch of the U.S. military services and received a decoration, unit award, or service award of comparable criteria to one issued by the naval service may wear the award on Marine Corps uniforms, unless otherwise prohibited by these regulations.

 

4.  Examples of other U.S. service awards which are not authorized include:  marksmanship medals/ribbons (Navy/Coast Guard/Air Force), USAF Outstanding Airman of the Year, USAF Recognition Ribbon, USAF Longevity Service Award, NCO Professional Development/Education ribbons (Army/Air Force), Army Service/USAF training ribbons.

 

5.  The Combat Infantryman's Badge or the Combat Medical Badge is not authorized for wear on the Marine Corps uniform.  Upon submission of evidence to their commanding officer, personnel who earned the Combat Infantryman Badge or Combat Medical Badge may be authorized to wear the Combat Action Ribbon.

 

6.  Officers suspended from grade and command, and enlisted personnel serving sentence of confinement will not wear any awards.

 

7.  >CH 5 7.  Marines will not wear awards on the boat cloak, cape, tanker jacket, AWC, service or dress sweater, utility uniform, or the maternity work uniform.

 

 

5101. DEFINITION OF TERMS

 

1.  Award.  An all-inclusive term covering any decoration, medal, badge, ribbon bar, or attachment bestowed on an individual.

 

2.  Decoration.  An award bestowed on an individual for a specific individual act or acts of gallantry or for meritorious service.

 

3.  Unit Award.  An award made to an operating unit for outstanding heroism or achievement and worn only by members of that unit who participated in the cited action.  Marines who were assigned to the cited unit while in a civilian status must be specifically included by name in the recommendation or citation to be eligible to wear the award on the uniform.

 

4.  Service Award.  An award issued to an individual to denote participation in a campaign, war, national emergency or expedition, or to denote service requirements fulfilled in a creditable manner.

 

5.  Medal.  An award issued to an individual for performance of certain  duties, acts or services, consisting of a medallion hanging from a suspension ribbon of distinctive colors.

 

6.  Miniature Medal.  A replica of a standard size medal, made to 1/2 original scale.  Foreign medal miniatures will not exceed the size of American miniatures.  The Medal of Honor will NOT be worn in miniature.

 

7.  Badge.  An award to an individual for some special proficiency or  skill, which consists of a medallion, or a medallion hung from a bar or bars.

 

8.  Ribbon Bar.  A portion of the suspension ribbon of a medal, worn in lieu of the medal.  The dimensions of all ribbons shall be 1-3/8 by 3/8 inches, except as specified in subparagraph 5300.2.  Ribbon bars are also authorized for certain awards which have no medals; e.g., Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, etc.

 

9.  Rosette.  Lapel device made by gathering the suspension ribbon of the medal into a circular shape.

 

10.  Lapel Button.  A miniature enameled replica of the ribbon bar.

 

11.  Attachment.  Any appurtenance such as a star, letter, clasp, or other device worn on the suspension ribbon of a medal or on the ribbon bar.

 

5102.  PRECEDENCE

 

1.  U.S. personal decorations, U.S. unit awards, U.S. nonmilitary decorations, U.S. campaign and service awards, U.S. nonmilitary service awards, foreign personal decorations, foreign unit awards, non-U.S. service awards, foreign service awards, marksmanship badges (see paragraph 5500), and awards of military societies and other organizations will be given precedence in the order listed.

 

2.  When Marines are entitled to similar awards from two or more services; e.g., good conduct awards, the Marine Corps award will take precedence.  After the Marine Corps award, similar awards of other services will be worn in the following precedence:  Navy, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

 

3.  All ribbons and medals must be mounted and worn according to the precedence listed herein.

 

4.  Awards shall be worn in order of precedence from top down and from the wearer's right to left, unless otherwise specified herein.

 

5.  Personal Decorations.  (Listed in order of precedence.)

 

a.  Medal of Honor

 

b.  Navy Cross

 

c.  Defense Distinguished Service Medal

 

d.  Distinguished Service Medal

 

e.  Silver Star Medal

 

f.  Defense Superior Service Medal

 

g.  Legion of Merit

 

h.  Distinguished Flying Cross

 

i.  Navy and Marine Corps Medal

 

j.  Bronze Star Medal

 

k.  Purple Heart

 

l.  Defense Meritorious Service Medal

 

m.  Meritorious Service Medal  

 

n.  Air Medal

 

o.  Joint Service Commendation Medal

 

p.  Navy Commendation Medal    

 

q.  Joint Service Achievement Medal

 

r.  Navy Achievement Medal

 

s.  Combat Action Ribbon (no medal authorized)

 

6.  Navy Unit Awards.  (Listed in order of precedence and worn after all personal decorations) (No medals authorized.)

 

a.  Presidential Unit Citation

 

b.  Joint Meritorious Unit Award

 

c.  Navy Unit Commendation

 

d.  Meritorious Unit Commendation

 

e.  Navy "E" Ribbon

 

7.  U.S. Nonmilitary Decorations

 

a.  Listed below, not necessarily in order of precedence, are certain nonmilitary decorations worn after all unit awards.

 

(1) Presidential Medal of Freedom

 

(2) National Security Medal

 

(3) National Sciences Medal

 

(4) Life Saving Medals (Gold and Silver)

 

(5) Medal of Merit

 

(6) National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal

 

(7) National Intelligence Medal of Achievement

 

(8) Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award

 

(9) Navy Award for Distinguished Achievement in Science

 

(10) President's Distinguished Federal Civilian Service Medal

 

(11) Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service  Medal

 

(12) Navy Distinguished Public Service Award

 

(13) NASA Distinguished Service Medal

 

(14) NASA Flight Medal

 

(15) NASA Medal for Exceptional Bravery

 

(16) NASA Medal for Exceptional Service

 

(17) Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal

 

(18) Merchant Marine Meritorious Service Medal

 

(19) Merchant Marine Mariners Medal

 

(20) Selective Service Distinguished Service Award

 

(21) Selective Service Exceptional Service Award

 

(22) Selective Service Meritorious Service Award

 

(23) Congressional Space Medal of Honor

 

(24) United States Public Health Achievement Medal

 

b.  When an individual is authorized to wear more than one nonmilitary decoration, they will be worn in the order of acceptance date, except that when two or more decorations from the same agency are worn, the order of precedence will be established by the awarding agency regardless of acceptance date.

 

c.  Nonmilitary decorations will not be worn unless at least one military award is worn at the same time.

 

8.  Campaign and Service Awards.  (Listed in order of precedence and worn after all U.S. nonmilitary decorations.)

 

a.  Prisoner of War Medal

 

b.  Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal

 

c.  Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal (formerly the Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal)

 

d.  Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

 

e.  China Service Medal

 

f.  American Defense Service Medal

 

g.  American Campaign Medal

 

h.  European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

 

i.  Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

 

j.  World War II Victory Medal

 

k.  Navy Occupation Service Medal    

 

l.  Medal for Humane Action

 

m.  National Defense Service Medal

 

n.  Korean Service Medal 

 

o.  Antarctica Service Medal   

 

p.  Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

 

q.  Vietnam Service Medal

 

r.  Southwest Asia Service Medal

 

s.  Kosovo Campaign Medal (per MC Awards Br guidance)

 

t.  Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (per MC Awards Br)

 

u.  Korean Defense Service Medal (per MC Awards Br guidance)

 

v.  Armed Forces Service Medal

 

w.  Humanitarian Service Medal

 

x.  Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

 

y.  Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (no medal authorized)

 

z.  Navy Arctic Service Ribbon

 

aa.  Overseas Service Ribbon (no medal authorized)

 

ab.  Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon

 

ac.  Drill Instructor Ribbon (no medal authorized)

 

ad.  Marine Security Guard Ribbon (no medal authorized)

 

ae.  Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon (no medal authorized)

 

af.  Armed Forces Reserve Medal

 

ag.  Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon (no medal authorized)

 

9.  Nonmilitary Service Awards.  (Listed in order of precedence and worn after all campaign and service awards)

 

a.  Merchant Marine Gallant Ship Unit Citation

 

b.  Merchant Marine Defense Bar

 

c.  Merchant Marine Combat Bar

 

d.  Merchant Marine War Zone Bars (worn in order earned)

 

(1) Atlantic War Zone

 

(2) Mediterranean-Middle East War Zone

 

(3) Pacific War Zone

 

e.  Merchant Marine World War II Victory Medal

 

f.  Merchant Marine Korean Service Bar

 

g.  Merchant Marine Vietnam Service Bar

 

10.  Foreign Personal Decorations.  Marines who have been specifically authorized by law to accept decorations from foreign governments may wear them after all U.S. campaign and service awards in the order of their receipt.  When an individual is authorized to wear more than one award from the same country, the order of precedence of those particular awards will be determined by the rules of the country concerned.

 

11.  Foreign Unit Awards.  (Listed in order of precedence and worn after all foreign personal decorations.)

 

a.  Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (no medal authorized)

 

b.  Korean Presidential Unit Citation (no medal authorized)

 

c.  Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation (no medal authorized)

 

d.  Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Gallantry Cross Color (no medal authorized)

 

e.  Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Civil Actions Color (no medal authorized)

 

12.  Non-U.S. Service Awards.  (Listed in order of precedence and worn after all foreign unit awards.)

 

a.  Philippine Defense Ribbon (no medal authorized)

 

b.  Philippine Liberation Ribbon (no medal authorized)

 

c.  Philippine Independence Ribbon (no medal authorized)

 

d.  United Nations Service Medal

 

e.  United Nations Medal

 

f.  NATO Medal

 

g.  Multinational Force and Observers Medal

 

h.  Inter-American Defense Board Medal

 

13.  Foreign Service Awards.  Listed below in order of precedence are the only foreign service awards authorized for wear on the Marine Corps uniform without individual legislative authority.  These awards are worn after all non-U.S. service awards.

 

a.  Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

 

b.  Kuwait Liberation Medal

 

c.  Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)

 

d.  Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

 

e.  Republic of Korea War Service Medal

 

5103.  AWARDS OF MILITARY SOCIETIES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

 

1.  Miscellaneous awards and badges may be worn on the Marine Corps uniform at the holder's option, unless otherwise ordered, and provided no awards, decorations, badges, or breast insignia are worn at the same time.

 

2.  Those organizations which issue awards and badges recognized by the Department of the Navy for wear under conditions noted above, include the following:

 

a.  Military societies of persons who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during various wars, campaigns, or expeditions in which the U.S. has been engaged.

 

b.  Medical scientific societies.

 

3.  Medals, ribbons, and badges adopted by these societies may be worn only while actually attending meetings or conventions or while participating in parades or other ceremonies as a member of these organizations.

 

5104.  SENIORITY OF COLORS

 

1.  Based on heraldry, blue, the senior color, will be uppermost and/or to the wearer's right.

 

2.  Awards which do not have a symmetrical color design, or which have stars as part of the design, will be worn as follows:

 

a.  Medal of Honor.  The stars will form an "M" with the single ray of all stars pointing up.

 

b.  Navy and Marine Corps Medal.  The blue stripe will be to the wearer's right.

 

c.  Presidential Unit Citation.  The blue stripe will be uppermost.

 

d.  Merchant Marine Mariner's Medal.  Blue stripe will be to the wearer's right.

 

e.  World War II Theater/Campaign Medals.  The blue stripe in the center will be to the wearer's right.

 

f.  Navy Occupation Service Medal.  Black stripe will be to the wearer's right.

 

g.  Merchant Marine Combat Medal.  The light blue stripe will be uppermost.

 

h.  Philippine Defense Ribbon.  The stars will form a triangle, base down.

 

i.  Philippine Liberation Ribbon.  The blue stripe in the center will be to the wearer's right.

 

j.  Philippine Presidential Unit Citation.  Blue stripe will be to the wearer's right.  The ribbon bar is worn with a gold frame.

 

k.  Korean Presidential Unit Citation.  The red portion of the circular device in the center will be uppermost; ribbon bar is worn with a gold frame.

 

l.  Combat Action Ribbon.  The large blue field will be to the wearer's right.

 

m.  Inter-American Defense Board Medal.  The red stripe will be to the wearer's right.

 

5105.  DECORATIONS, MEDALS, RIBBON BARS, AND LAPEL BUTTONS WORN ON CIVILIAN CLOTHING

 

1.  Decorations, medals, appropriate ribbon bars, or lapel buttons may be worn on civilian clothes at the individual's discretion, per the guidance provided below.  Individuals should ensure that the occasion and the manner of wearing will not reflect discredit on the award.

 

2.  Miniature medals may be worn with civilian evening dress (see paragraph 5203).

 

3.  The Medal of Honor may be worn with civilian evening dress.  It will be worn around the neck with the ribbon under the coat jacket and the medallion hanging one inch below the bow tie.

 

4.  Miniature replicas of ribbons made in the form of enameled lapel buttons, or ribbons made in rosette form, may be worn on the left lapel of civilian clothes except civilian evening dress.  Enameled lapel buttons should be worn with the long axis parallel to the ground.

 

5.  Honorable discharge, retirement, and FMCR buttons may be worn on the left lapel of civilian clothes except civilian evening dress.  Those buttons manufactured with prong and clutch fasteners may be worn as tie tacs.

 

 

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SECTION 2:  LARGE AND MINIATURE MEDALS

 

 

5200. GENERAL

 

Figure Hyperlinks:

 Fig 5-1      Wear of lapel pins on civilian coats.

 Fig 5-2      Mounted Large Medals.

 Fig 5-3      Mounted Miniature Medals.

 Fig 5-4      Placement of Large Medals.

 Fig 5-5      Placement of Miniature Medals.

 

Table Hyperlinks:

 Table 5-1    Wearing of Medals by Male Personnel.

 Table 5-2    Wearing of Medals by Female Personnel.

 

1.  With the exception of those decorations worn pendent from the neck, medals will be arranged in a horizontal line in order of precedence from the wearer's right.  The bottom edge of all medallions will be aligned.

 

2.  Hamilton Wash large and miniature medals, also known as "anodized," may be worn at the individual's option.  Marines who exercise this option will have their own medals anodized at the individual's expense.  Anodized medals will not be worn together with non-anodized medals by the same individual; however, Marines with anodized medals may wear them in formation with Marines who have standard non-anodized medals.

 

3.  Medals with suspension ribbons bonded to a plastic backing instead of a metal bar are approved for wear at the option of the individual.  These medals lie flatter than the standard medals and may include magnetic fasteners in lieu of clutches for attaching to the uniform.  These medals will bear Marine Corps approval identification.

 

4.  Marines will wear all large medals to which they are entitled on dress  "A" coats.

 

5.  Miniatures of all medals entitled are required for officers/SNCO's when evening dress uniforms are worn.  The Medal of Honor will NOT be mounted nor reproduced in miniature.

 

6.  A person in receipt of an award from a foreign government which includes stars, sashes, orders, or devices (except the Fourragere) dissimilar to, or required to be worn differently than United States awards, may wear the medal or ribbon bar as a courtesy to that country only when attending a public function in the country, or in the house of or in honor of a public official or other distinguished citizen of that foreign country.  Foreign medals and ribbon bars will be worn as similar to the foreign country's regulations as is practicable; however, at least one U.S. award must be worn when a foreign award is worn.  Marines awarded a foreign medal, which, under the rules of the country concerned, is required to be worn at the neck, will so wear it.  A Marine awarded both the Medal of Honor and a foreign medal worn at the neck, will wear the foreign award so that it shows below the Medal of Honor.

 

5201.  MOUNTED MEDALS.  (See figs. 5-1 and 5-2)

 

1.  When only one medal is worn, it will be worn as issued through the DoD Supply System, or purchased in miniature.

 

2.  When more than one medal is worn, they will be suspended from a holding bar of sufficient stiffness to support the weight of the medals.

 

3.  When more than one row of medals is worn, the medals will be worn overlapped and in rows arranged according to tables 5-1 and 5-2.  Upper or first row of medals will be mounted so that the medallions of the upper row cover the holding bar and suspension ribbons of the medals below.

 

4.  For men, the maximum width of the holding bar for large medals will be 5-3/4 inches, and the length of the medals from top of holding bar to bottom of medallions will be 3-1/4 inches.  A maximum of four large medals side by side will fit on the maximum width of holding bar; however, a maximum of seven medals will fit on the holding bar if overlapped.  The overlapping on each row will be equal (not to exceed 50 percent).  The right or inboard medal will show in full.

 

5.  Women will wear no more than three large medals side by side on a single holding bar not to exceed 4-1/4 inches; however, a maximum of five medals will fit on the holding bar if overlapped.

 

6.  For men, the maximum width of the holding bar for miniature medals will be 4-1/4 inches, and the length of the medals from the top of the holding bar to the bottom of medals will be 2-1/4 inches.  A maximum of five miniature medals side by side will fit on a 4-1/4 inch holding bar; however, a maximum of 10 medals will fit on the holding bar if overlapped.  The overlapping on each row will be equal (not to exceed 50 percent).  The right or inboard medal will show in full. MARADMIN 72/06

 

7.  For women, the holding bar for miniature medals will be no wider than 3-1/4 inches.  A maximum of four medals side by side will fit on this width-holding bar; however, a maximum of eight medals will fit on the holding bar if overlapped.

 

5202.  WEARING LARGE MEDALS. (See fig. 5-3.)

 

1.  Medal of Honor.  On the officer's evening dress and all other dress "A" uniforms, the Medal of Honor will be worn around the neck with the ribbon under the coat or jacket collar.  The medallion will emerge at the opening between the collar hook and the top button of the coat or jacket, and hang 1 inch below the bottom edge of the collar.  On the SNCO evening dress uniform, the Medal of Honor will be worn around the neck with the ribbon under the jacket collar.  The medallion will hang 1 inch below the men's bow tie.

 

2.  Large Medals

 

a.  On the men's blue dress and blue-white dress coats, large medals will be worn centered above the left breast pocket with the upper edge of the holding bar on a line midway between the first and second buttons of the coats.

 

>CH 6 b. On women's blue dress coats, one row of large medals will be placed centered over the left breast pocket with the top of the holding bar about 1 inch above a horizontal line tangent to the highest part of the pocket.  When two or more rows of medals are worn, the top of the holding bars of the bottom row of the medals will be approximately 1/4 to 1 inch above a horizontal line tangent to the highest point of the pocket.  On coats without the faux pocket, the top of the bottom row holding bar will be placed on a horizontal line 1 ˝ to 3 ˝ inches above the top of the first visible coat button and centered.  The holding bars of the top row of medals will be at least 1/8 of an inch below the collar.  If necessary the medals may be shifted from center towards the armhole seam between 1/4 and 1/2 inches so that no more than one-third of any medal is covered by the coat lapel. MARADMIN 704/09

 

3.  Wearing Ribbon Bars With Large Medals.  When large medals are worn, all unit citations and other ribbons with no medal authorized will be worn centered over the right breast pocket, the bottom edge of the lower row 1/8 inch above the top of the pocket.  Women will wear these ribbons on the right side of the coat front in about the same vertical position as worn with dress "B" and service "A" uniforms.  Ribbon bars are normally worn in rows of three in the order of precedence from the wearer's right to left and from top down (for example:  top row, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation; bottom row, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation).  Marines who have not been awarded large medals, but who are entitled to wear a ribbon(s) for which no medal is authorized will wear such ribbon(s) over the right breast pocket as described above.

 

5203.  WEARING MINIATURE MEDALS.  (See fig. 5-4)

 

1.  The Medal of Honor and miniature medals will be worn on all evening dress uniforms.  When miniature medals are worn, no ribbons will be worn.

 

2.  On male officers' evening dress jackets, miniature medals will be centered on the left-front panel of the jacket midway between the inner edge and the left armhole seam, with the top of the holding bar on line with the second blind buttonhole.

 

3.  On the male SNCOs evening dress jacket, the miniature medals will be centered on the left lapel with the top of the holding bar approximately 1 inch below the left lapel notch.  If regulation size holding bars will not fit on the lapel, medals may extend beyond the lapel edge onto the jacket's left breast.

 

4.  On the women's evening dress jacket, miniature medals will be placed centered on the left lapel with the top of the holding bar at the lapel's widest part.  If regulation size holding bars will not fit centered on the lapel, medals may extend beyond the lapel's edge onto the jacket's left breast.

 

5.  Wear on Civilian Evening Clothes   

 

a.  Males.  Miniature medals may be worn on the left lapel of the civilian evening coat on ceremonial occasions, but only when strictly appropriate to the occasion.  On the full dress and tuxedo coats, miniatures will be worn centered on the wearer's left lapel, placed horizontally and one inch below the end of the collar gorge.  The top edge of the holding bar will completely cover the buttonhole.  If current styles preclude wearing on the lapel, miniatures will be placed in the same relative position as if there was a lapel.

 

b.  Females.  Miniature medals may be worn on civilian evening attire on ceremonial occasions, but only when strictly appropriate to the occasion.   Miniatures will be worn in approximately the same position where they would be worn on the uniform.  If current styles preclude the wearing of miniatures in a place approximating the position where they would be worn on the uniform, miniatures will not be worn.

 

c.  If a second row of miniatures is worn, it will be placed 1 inch below the first row.  In no case will more than two rows of miniatures be worn on civilian attire.

 

 

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SECTION 3:  RIBBON BARS AND FOURRAGERE

 

 

5300.  GENERAL

 

1.  Ribbons for ribbon bars will be of the same material as the medal's suspension ribbon.  Ribbon bars authorized for awards that have no medal such as the Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, etc., will be of the material prescribed in applicable military specifications.

 

2.  Each U.S. ribbon bar will be 3/8 inch high and 1-3/8 inch wide (same as the width of the medal's suspension ribbon).  Foreign ribbon bars (including those with devices) that have been authorized by law may be worn only if they can be adapted to meet regulation height requirement and do not exceed twice the width of the standard U.S. ribbon bar.

 

3.  Ribbon bars will not be impregnated with preservatives which change the appearance of the ribbon, nor will they be worn with any type of transparent coverings.

 

4.  Ribbons bonded to a plastic backing instead of a metal bar are approved for wear at the option of the individual.  These ribbon bars lie flatter than the standard ribbon bars and may include magnetic fasteners in lieu of clutches for attaching to the uniform.  These ribbon bars will bear Marine Corps approval identification.

 

5.  Stars and other attachments will be worn as prescribed in section 4 of this chapter.

 

 

5301.  WEARING RIBBONS.  (See fig.  5-5.)

 

Figure Hyperlinks:

>CH6 Fig 5-6      Placement of Multiple Rows of Medals on Dress Blue Coat

>CH6 Fig 5-7      Placement of Ribbons

>CH6 Fig 5-8      Placement of Medals/Ribbons on Women’s Coats Without the Faux

                  Pocket and the Khaki Shirts  

 

1.  Marines will wear all ribbons to which they are entitled on service and dress "B" coats.  Ribbons will be worn on the dress "A" coats only as authorized in paragraph 5202.

 

2.  When the blue dress "C"/"D" or service "B"/"C" uniforms are worn the wearing of ribbons on khaki shirts is at the individual's option unless the commander prescribes that ribbons be worn.  If ribbons are worn on these uniforms, either all ribbons, or personal U.S. decorations with U.S. unit awards and the Good Conduct Medal, may be worn at the individual's option.  

 

3.  Ribbon bars will be worn on a bar or bars and pinned to the coat or shirt.  No portion of the bar or pin will be visible.

 

4.  Ribbon bars are normally worn in rows of three; however, rows of four may be worn when displaying a large number of awards.  Two-ribbon rows may be worn when ribbon bars are worn in successively decreasing rows per subparagraph 5301.5.  Female Marines may also wear two-ribbon rows when a three-ribbon row would not lay flat or would extend too close to the armhole seam.

 

>CH 5 5.  When more than one row of ribbon bars is worn, all rows except the uppermost will contain the same number of ribbons.  If the number of ribbons worn causes the ribbons to be concealed by the service coat lapel/khaki shirt collar (one-third or more of a ribbon concealed), ribbon bars will be placed in successively decreasing rows; e.g., four-ribbon rows, three-ribbon rows, two-ribbon rows, single ribbon.  The left (outer) edge of all decreasing rows will be in line vertically; except that when the top row presents an unsatisfactory appearance when so aligned, it will be placed in the position presenting the neatest appearance (usually centered over the row immediately below it).

 

6.  Parallel rows of ribbon bars will either be spaced 1/8 inch apart or placed together without spacing at the individual's option.

 

7.  Ribbon bars will be centered 1/8 inch above and parallel to the top edge of the upper left pocket of dress "B" coats, service coats, and men's khaki shirts.  When marksmanship badges are worn, ribbon bars will be centered over the pocket with the bottom edge of the ribbon bar 1/8 inch above the widest holding bar of the marksmanship badge(s).

 

>CH 6 8.  On women's coats with horizontal pockets, ribbons will be worn as prescribed above.  On women's coats with slanted upper pockets, a horizontal line tangent to the highest point of the pocket will be considered the top of the pocket (see fig. 4-3).  On women's khaki shirts ribbon bars will be placed even with or up to 2 inches above the top of the first visible button and centered.  On coats without the faux pocket, ribbon bars will be placed on a horizontal line with the bottom edge of the ribbon bar 1 ˝ to 3 ˝ inches above the top of the first visible coat button and centered so that they are in about the same position as when worn on the shirt.  On the maternity tunic, ribbon bars will be placed so that they are in about the same position as when worn on the service coats.  On the khaki maternity shirt, when worn as an outer garment, ribbon bars will be worn in the same manner as on the standard khaki shirt, except they will be placed 1/2 to 1 inch above the horizontal yoke seam stitching and may be adjusted to the individual to present a military appearance.  MARADMIN 704/09

 

5302.  FOURRAGERE.  (See fig. 5-6.)

 

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Fig 5-9       Wearing of Fourragere

 

 

1.  The Fourragere was awarded by the French Ministry of War to those units which were cited two or more times in the French Orders of the Army, and when awarded became part of the cited unit's uniform.

 

2.  The 5th and 6th Marine Regiments were so cited during World War I, and therefore, all Marines serving in these units are authorized to wear the Fourragere.

 

3.  Marines entitled to wear the Fourragere will wear it on all uniform service and dress coats/jackets when medals or ribbons are prescribed.  The Fourragere will not be worn on the tanker jacket or the AWC.

 

4.  The Fourragere will have a pencil attachment with a polished brass or black tip, will be of the same shades as the ribbon of the Croix de Guerre Medal, and will conform to applicable military specifications per direction from CMC (MMAA).

 

5.  The Fourragere will be worn over the left shoulder with the left arm passing through the large loop of the cord; the small loop will engage the button under the shoulder strap, except on the enlisted men's blue dress coat when it will engage the button above the strap, and the metal pencil attachment will hang naturally to the front.

 

 

 

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SECTION 4:  ATTACHMENTS

 

5400.  GENERAL.  (See fig. 5-7.)

 

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Fig 5-10     Award Attachments

  

1.  Stars, clasps, numerals, letter devices, and other miscellaneous devices will be worn on the suspension ribbon of large and miniature medals, and on the ribbon bars prescribed herein.

 

2.  Anodized ribbon attachments (stars, clasps, numerals, letter/miscellaneous devices) and ribbon frames are authorized for optional purchase and wear.  Oxidized and anodized attachments and ribbon frames will not be mixed.

 

3.  Multiple Attachments

 

a.  The following ribbon attachments of a one-piece construction in multiples of two, three, and four are authorized for optional purchase and wear:

 

(1) 3/16-inch bronze stars

 

(2) 5/16-inch gold stars

 

(3) Bronze oak leaf clusters

 

b.  The above ribbon attachments are available through Marine Corps exchanges and approved commercial sources.

 

c.  These multiple attachments are worn centered on ribbon bars and will not be worn on the same ribbon in combination with single stars or other devices.  They will not be worn on suspension ribbons of large or miniature medals.

 

5401.  STARS

 

1.  Placement of Stars

 

a.  On suspension ribbons of large/miniature medals, stars are placed with one ray of each star pointing up.  If one star is authorized, it will be centered on the suspension ribbon.  For more than one star, they will be evenly spaced in a vertical line at the center of the suspension ribbon with the senior star uppermost.

 

b.  On ribbon bars, stars are placed with one ray of each star pointing up.  If one star is authorized, it will be centered on the ribbon bar.  For more than one star, they will be evenly spaced in a horizontal line on the ribbon bar, except when multiple star attachments are worn.  Silver star(s) worn with a bronze or gold star(s) will be worn as stated above, except the first bronze or gold star is placed to the wearer's left of the silver star(s) with additional stars alternating to the right of the silver star and so on.

 

c.  When stars are worn with other devices such as the bronze letter "V," paragraph 5402 applies.

 

2.  Gold Stars.  A gold star is worn on suspension ribbons of large/miniature medals and on the ribbon bars for all personal decorations in lieu of a second or subsequent award, except for strike/flight awards of the Air Medal (see subparagraphs 5402.4 and 5402.5).  The gold star worn on the suspension ribbons of large medals and ribbon bars will be 5/16 inch in diameter.  Those worn on suspension ribbons of miniature medals will be 1/8 inch in diameter.  For regulations on wearing oak leaf clusters in lieu of gold stars see subparagraph 5404.1.

 

3.  Silver Stars.  A silver star is worn on suspension ribbons of large/miniature medals and on ribbon bars in lieu of five gold stars, or in lieu of five bronze stars, except for strike/flight awards of the Air Medal (see subparagraphs 5402.4 and 5402.5).  The 5/16-inch silver star will replace five 5/16-inch gold stars.  The 3/16-inch silver star will replace the five 3/16-inch bronze stars.  The silver star worn on suspension ribbons of miniature medals will be 1/8 inch in diameter.

 

4.  Bronze Stars

 

a.  Bronze stars are worn on suspension ribbons of medals or ribbon bars of the following awards to indicate a second or subsequent award or to indicate major engagements in which the individual participated:

 

(1) Presidential Unit Citation

 

(2) Navy Unit Commendation

 

(3) Meritorious Unit Commendation

 

(4) Prisoner of War Medal

 

(5) Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal

 

(6) Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal

 

(7) Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal

 

(8) China Service Medal

 

(9) World War II Campaign Medals

 

(10) National Defense Service Medal

 

(11) Korean Service Medal

 

(12) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

 

(13) Vietnam Service Medal

 

(14) Southwest Asia Service Medal

 

(15) Humanitarian Service Medal

 

(16) Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

 

(17) Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

 

(18) Overseas Service Ribbon

 

(19) Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon

 

(20) Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon (ALMAR 262/97)

 

(21) Marine Security Guard Ribbon (ALMAR 262/97)

 

(22) Marine Corps Reserve Medal

 

(23) Philippine Defense Ribbon

 

(24) Philippine Liberation Ribbon

 

(25) NATO Medal

 

(26) Armed Forces Service Medal

 

b.  Bronze stars worn on the suspension ribbon of large medals and on ribbon bars will be 3/16 inch in diameter.  Stars worn on the suspension ribbon of miniature medals will be 1/8 inch in diameter.

 

c.  A bronze star is also worn on the initial award of the Air Medal to denote a single mission/individual award (see paragraph 5402.5).

 

5402.  LETTERS/NUMERALS

 

1.  Manner of Wearing.  A letter device is worn centered on the ribbon.   These devices are block letters 1/4 inch high for large medal suspension ribbons or ribbon bars, and 1/8 inch high for miniature medal suspension ribbons.

 

2.  Bronze Letter “M.”  Authorized Marines will wear the bronze “M” device, positioned on the ribbon and medal along with a number indicating the number of times the “M” Device has been awarded on the ribbon and suspension ribbon of the AFRM medal.  Multiple periods of service during one contingency operation shall count as one “M” Device award.  Appropriate wear of the AFRM and “M” Device shall be as follows:

 

a.  Not entitled to “M” Device, but entitled to the AFRM:  the AFRM with appropriate bronze/silver/gold hourglass is centered on the ribbon bar and suspension ribbon.

 

b.  Entitled to “M” Device and AFRM based upon qualifying years of service: the “M” Device is centered on the AFRM with the appropriate hourglass device positioned on the wearer’s right.

c.  Entitled to “M” Device, but not otherwise entitled to the AFRM: The “M” Device is centered on the ribbon bar and suspension ribbon.  The ribbon is authorized upon receipt of the “M” Device despite having served less than ten years.

 

d.  Entitlement to numerous “M” Devices and AFRM:  the “M” Device is centered on the ribbon bar and suspension ribbon with the appropriate hour glass to the wearer’s right and a bronze Arabic numeral to the wearer’s left.  Numerals will begin with the second award (2).

 

3.  Bronze Letter "V" (Combat Distinguishing Device)

 

a.  The bronze letter "V" may be authorized for wear on the following combat decorations if the award is approved for acts or services involving direct participation in combat operations:

 

(1) Legion of Merit

 

(2) Distinguished Flying Cross

 

(3) Bronze Star Medal

 

(4) Air Medal

 

(5) Joint Service Commendation Medal

 

(6) Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal

 

(7) Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal

 

b.  The approved bronze letter "V" is gold in color.  Black or darkened devices may continue to be worn until the individual's awards require remounting, at which time the appropriate gold-colored "V" will be worn.

 

c.  Whenever the "V" device is authorized, the citation must contain a statement of authorization.  The bronze letter "V" awarded under previous criteria may continue to be worn on all awards if the citation specifically authorizes its wear.

 

d.  Only one "V" will be worn.  Gold, bronze, or silver stars, or oak leaf clusters worn to indicate subsequent awards are evenly spaced in a vertical line above the "V" at the center of suspension ribbons of large and miniature medals.  They will be evenly spaced in a horizontal line on the ribbon bar with the "V" at the approximate center and the stars arranged symmetrically in relation to the "V"; the first star to the wearer's right, the second to the left, and so on.

 

4.  Silver Letter "E."  Individuals awarded the Navy "E" Ribbon will wear a silver block letter "E," 1/8-inch high, centered on the ribbon.  Subsequent awards are indicated by an additional silver "E" attachment for each award.  When more than one "E" attachment is worn, they are placed in a horizontal line evenly spaced, centered on the ribbon.  For four or more awards, only one 1/8-inch silver-wreathed "E" attachment centered on the ribbon is worn.

 

5.  Strike/Flight Numerals.  Personnel receiving strike/flight awards of the Air Medal will wear a bronze Arabic numeral 3/16-inch in diameter to indicate the total number of awards of this type after 9 April 1962.  Numerals are placed on the ribbon bar as far to the wearer's left as possible without overlapping the edge of the ribbon.  On the suspension ribbons of the large and miniature medals, the numerals are placed symmetrically immediately below the center of the suspension ribbon.

 

6.  Single Mission/Individual Numerals.  By order of the Secretary of the Navy, the use of numerals to represent single mission/individual awards of the Air Medal was discontinued effective 22 November 1989.  However, personnel who received single mission/individual awards of the Air Medal prior to that date will continue to wear 3/16 inch gold Arabic numerals to indicate the total number of awards of this type received.  If any subsequent awards are received after the effective date, stars will be used to indicate all awards received before and after 22 November 1989.

 

a.  Awards Prior to 22 November 1989.  Gold Arabic numerals are placed on the ribbon bar as far to the wearer's right as possible without overlapping the edge of the ribbon.  Bronze letter "V" (Combat Distinguishing Device), if authorized, is centered on the ribbon bar.  On suspension ribbons of large and miniature medals, the bronze letter "V" is centered directly below the Single Mission/Individual numeral.

 

>CH6   b.  Awards Between 22 November 1989 and 22 August 2006.  Bronze stars, 3/16 inch in diameter, are worn to denote the first award.  Subsequent awards will be indicated by 5/16-inch gold stars (Note:  If the individual is entitled to subsequent awards, the bronze star indicating the first award will not be worn).  A 5/16-inch silver star will be worn in lieu of five gold stars.  Bronze, gold, and silver stars and the bronze letter "V" are worn on the ribbon bar/suspension ribbon as indicated in the paragraph above.  SECNAVINST 1650.1H of 22 Aug 2006

>CH6    c.  Awards After 22 August 2006. By order of the Secretary of the Navy, the use of numerals to represent single mission/individual awards
of the Air Medal was reauthorized effective 22 August 2006. However, personnel who received single mission/individual awards of the Air Medal prior to that date will continue to wear the 3/16 inch in diameter bronze star or the 5/16 inch in diameter gold star, as appropriate to denote the total number of awards of this type received. If any subsequent awards are received after the effective date, gold Arabic numerals will be used to indicate all awards received before and after 22 August 2006. See Figure 5-8 for the arrangement of the gold and bronze numerals, and "V" on the suspension ribbon and ribbon bar.  SECNAVINST 1650.1H of 22 Aug 2006

 

5403.  CLASPS

 

1.  General.  Clasps or bars are worn on suspension ribbons only.  A single clasp is worn in the center with additional clasps equally spaced according to dates during which earned, earliest date uppermost.  If worn with other attachments, however, clasps are worn below such attachments.   Miniature clasps or bars, when available are similarly worn with appropriate miniature medals.

 

2.  Navy Occupation Service Medal.  Appropriate clasps marked "EUROPE" and "ASIA" are worn on suspension ribbons of large and miniature medals to denote service in Europe and Asia, respectively.

 

3.  Antarctica Service Medal.  Personnel who stay or have stayed on the Antarctic continent during the winter months are eligible to wear a bronze clasp with the words "Wintered Over" on the suspension ribbon of the large medal.  A gold clasp is authorized for the second wintering over period, and a silver clasp is worn for the third or subsequent wintering over period.  Only one bronze, gold or silver clasp is worn on the suspension ribbon of the medal.

 

4.  Gold/Silver Life Saving Medals.  Gold or silver bars awarded in lieu of a second or subsequent award are worn at the bottom of the suspension ribbon, the first award uppermost.

 

5404.  MISCELLANEOUS DEVICES

 

1.  Oak Leaf Cluster.  If a second or subsequent award of a personal military decoration or the Joint Meritorious Unit Award is bestowed upon a Marine by the Department of Defense, Army, or Air Force, a bronze (or silver) twig of four oak leaves with three acorns on the stem, 13/32 inch in length is worn on the suspension ribbon of the large medal, and a 5/16-inch twig is worn on the ribbon bar.  A 7/32" inch twig is worn on miniature medals.  Oak leaf clusters are worn with the stem of the oak leaves toward the wearer's right, stem down.  A silver oak leaf cluster is worn in lieu of five bronze oak leaf clusters for the same decoration.

 

2.  Gold Compass Rose.  A gold compass rose is authorized for the suspension ribbon of the medal and ribbon bar of the National Security Medal to denote each subsequent award earned.

 

3.  Planet Symbol.  A ball-shaped object symbolizing a planet, with wing configuration is authorized for the suspension ribbon of the medal and ribbon bar of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal to denote each subsequent award earned.

 

4.  Space Oak Leaf Cluster.  An oak leaf cluster will be worn on the suspension ribbon of the medal and ribbon bar of the NASA Space Flight Medal to denote subsequent awards.  A silver cluster will denote each subsequent award for the second through the fourth awards.  A gold oak leaf cluster will denote the fifth award.

 

5.  Hour Glass.  Marines are awarded the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with the bronze hourglass device upon completion of 10 years of service.  A silver hourglass device is awarded upon completion of the second 10-year period, a gold device upon completion of the third 10 year period, and a gold hourglass device followed by a bronze Hour Glass device will be awarded upon completion of the fourth 10-year period of service.  This device represents an hourglass with the Roman numeral X superimposed thereon.  It is worn centered on the suspension ribbon and the ribbon bar.  The device for the suspension ribbon of the large medal and the ribbon bar will be 3/8-inch high.  The device for the suspension ribbon of the miniature medal will be 1/8-inch high.

 

6.  Antarctica Continental Disc.  Personnel who stay or have stayed on the Antarctic continent during the winter months will be eligible to wear a bronze disc 5/16 inch in diameter with the outline of the Antarctic continent, on the suspension ribbon of the miniature medal and on the ribbon bar of the Antarctica Service Medal.  A gold disc is authorized for a second wintering over period and a silver disc for three or more wintering over periods.  The disc is worn with peninsula pointing up.  Only one disc will be worn on the ribbon.

 

7.  Vietnam "60" Device.  Marines authorized to wear the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal will wear the silver banner device with the numerals "60" on the suspension ribbons and ribbon bar.  The device for the suspension ribbon of the large medal will be 1-1/4 inches in length; the device for the suspension ribbon of the miniature medal and ribbon bar will be 5/8 inch in length.

 

8.  Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Devices.  Marines authorized to wear the Gallantry Cross as a personal decoration will wear the award with appropriate devices designating the level for which the award was presented.  A palm indicates "cited before the Army," a gold star indicates "cited before the Corps," a silver star indicates "cited before the Division," and a bronze star indicates "cited before the Regiment."   No frame is worn with the ribbon bar.

 

a.  Only one medal and/or ribbon bar is worn regardless of the number of awards received.  In the event more than one award is authorized, an individual will wear as many of the authorized devices, using the most senior awards, that will fit onto one suspension ribbon or ribbon bar.  If more than one device is authorized, the senior device is worn to the wearer's right.  The palm is worn with the stem to the wearer's right and the stars are worn with the single ray pointing upward.    

 

b.  For the initial award, the size of the devices designating the appropriate level of the award are as issued by the government of South Vietnam (on the ribbon bar, the palm is 6/8 inch and the stars are 3/8 inch; on the suspension ribbon, the palm is 1-7/16 inches and the stars are 3/8 inch).

 

c.  The size of the palm device for subsequent awards is reduced to 6/8 inch for the suspension ribbon of the large medal and to 3/8 inch for the ribbon bar.  The star devices (gold, silver, or bronze) remain the same size as authorized for the initial award.

 

9.  Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation with Gallantry Cross Color and Civil Actions Color.  Authorized personnel wear the ribbon bars for the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation Gallantry Cross Color and Civil Actions Color with the palm and gold frame.  No medals are authorized for these citations.  The palm is 5/32 inch high and 9/16 inch wide, lightly oxidized with a satin finish.  The stem of the palm will be worn to the wearer's right.  No device is worn on the ribbon bar to indicate a subsequent award.

 

10.  Gold Frame.  A gold frame is worn on ribbon bars for foreign unit awards.  The frame is 7/16 inch high by 1-7/16 inches wide, gold-plated matte finish with polished highlights.  Unless otherwise specified by the awarding authority/nation, the frame is worn so that the leaves at either end will form a "V."


 


 

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SECTION 5:  MARKSMANSHIP BADGES

 

 

5500.  PRECEDENCE. (See figs. 5-8 and 5-9.)  Listed below, in order of precedence, are the only marksmanship awards authorized for wear on the Marine Corps uniform.

 

1.  U.S. Distinguished International Shooter Badge (Gold)

 

2.  Distinguished Marksman Badge (Gold)

 

3.  Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge (Gold)

 

4.  Lauchheimer Trophy Badge (Gold, Silver, and Bronze)

 

5.  Marine Corps Rifle Championship Badge (McDougal Trophy Badge) (Gold)

 

6.  Marine Corps Pistol Championship Badge (Walsh Trophy Badge) (Gold)

 

7.  Marine Corps Rifle Competition Badge (Gold)
National Trophy Rifle Match Badge (Gold)
Interservice Rifle Match Badge (Gold)

 

8.  Marine Corps Pistol Competition Badge (Gold)
National Trophy Pistol Match Badge (Gold)
Interservice Pistol Match Badge (Gold)

 

9.  Marine Corps Rifle Competition Badge (Silver)
National Trophy Rifle Match Badge (Silver)
Interservice Rifle Match Badge (Silver)

 

10. Marine Corps Pistol Competition Badge (Silver)
National Trophy Pistol Match Badge   (Silver)
Interservice Pistol Match Badge (Silver)

 

11. Marine Corps Rifle Competition Badge (Bronze)
National Trophy Rifle Match Badge (Bronze)
Interservice Rifle Match Badge (Bronze)

 

12. Marine Corps Pistol Competition Badge (Bronze)
National Trophy Pistol Match Badge (Bronze)
Interservice Pistol Match Badge (Bronze)

 

13. Inter-Division Rifle Competition Badge (Gold)

 

14. Inter-Division Pistol Competition Badge (Gold)

 

15. FMF Combat Infantry Trophy Match Badge (Bronze)

 

16. Annual Rifle Squad Combat Practice Competition Badge (Gold, Silver, and Bronze)

 

17. Division Rifle Competition Badge (Gold)
National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice (NBPRP) Rifle Competition Badge (Gold)

 

18. Division Pistol Competition Badge (Gold)
NBPRP Pistol Competition Badge (Gold)

 

19. Division Rifle Competition Badge (Silver)
NBPRP Rifle Competition Badge (Silver)

20. Division Pistol Competition Badge (Silver)
NBPRP Pistol Competition Badge (Silver)

21. Division Rifle Competition Badge (Bronze)
NBPRP Rifle Competition Badge (Bronze)

 

22. Division Pistol Competition Badge (Bronze)
NBPRP Pistol Competition Badge (Bronze)

 

23. San Diego, Wharton, Elliott, Wirgman, Lloyd, and Smith Trophy Rifle Team Match Badges (Gold)

 

24. Holcomb, Edson, Shively, and Pacific Trophy Pistol Team Match Badges (Gold)

 

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 Fig 5-11        Marksmanship (Competition)

 

25. Rifle Qualification Badges

 

a.  Expert (with last requalification bar)

 

b.  Sharpshooter

 

c.  Marksman

 

26. Pistol Qualification Badges

 

a.  Expert (with last requalification bar)

 

b.  Sharpshooter

 

c.  Marksman

 

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  Fig 5-12      Marksmanship (Qualification) Badges

 

5501.  REGULATIONS FOR WEAR

 

1.  Marksmanship badges will not be worn with the evening dress, blue dress "A," blue-white dress "A," utility, and camouflage maternity work uniforms.  Commanders may prescribe marksmanship badges for wear on all other uniforms.  Unless otherwise prescribed by the commander, wearing marksmanship badges is at the option of the individual.

 

2.  Badges are worn, according to seniority, centered above the left breast pocket, with the bottom edge of the highest holding bar 1/8 inch above the pocket's top edge (see fig. 5-5).  The top edges of all badges will be aligned.

 

3.  When men wear two badges, they are symmetrically placed on a line with about 3/4-inch space between holding bars, but in no case will they span more than 4 1/4-inches.  When three marksmanship badges are worn, they are symmetrically placed above the left pocket with 1/4-inch spacing between the holding bars of each badge. 

 

4.  When women wear two badges, they are symmetrically placed on a line so that their outermost edges are approximately even with the pocket edges.   However, there must be at least a 1/4-inch space between holding bars; in no case will the space exceed 1/2 inch.  When three marksmanship badges are worn, they are symmetrically placed above the left pocket with 1/8-inch spacing between the holding bar of each badge.

 

>CH 6 5.  On women's coats with horizontal pockets, ribbons will be worn as prescribed above.  To determine the proper location for marksmanship badges on women's coats with slanted upper pockets, a horizontal line tangent to the highest point of the pocket is considered the top of the pocket.  On women's khaki shirts badges will be placed even with or up to 2 inches above the top of the first visible button and centered.  On coats without the faux pocket, badges will be placed on a horizontal line 1 ˝ to 3 ˝ inches above the top of the first visible coat button and centered so that they are in about the same position as on the shirt (see figure 5-8).  On the khaki maternity shirt, badges are worn in the same manner as on the standard khaki shirt, except they are placed 1/2 to 1 inch above the horizontal yoke seam stitching and may be adjusted to the individual to present a military appearance. MARADMIN 704/09

 

6.  Only one qualification badge for a specific type of weapon may be worn at any time except that two competition badges for the same weapon may be worn.  No more than three marksmanship badges will be worn at any time.  Marines entitled to more than three awards may select the three to be worn.

 

7.  When ribbon bars are worn with the badges, the lowest row of ribbons is 1/8 inch above the top edge of the marksmanship badges.  If only marksmanship badges and breast insignia are worn, the insignia is centered 1/8 inch above the top edge of the marksmanship badge(s).

 

 

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