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Authorization. SECNAVINST 1650.36 of 1 September 1984.

Eligibility Requirements

(1) General. Qualification for the Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon signifies acquisition of specific professional skills, knowledge and military experience that result in qualifications above those normally required of Navy personnel serving with the Fleet Marine Force (FMF). This qualification must be obtained through a formal qualification program and successful completion of the written test prescribed below. Officer and enlisted personnel must:

(a) Be assigned to a FMF unit. Only those personnel assigned to Type II and Type IV sea duty are eligible.

(b) Successfully complete the following sections of the Marine Battle Skills Training Handbook (Books 1, 2, and 4):

  • Military Justice and Law of War
  • Marine Corps Organization, History, Customs, and Courtesies
  • Marine Corps Uniform, Clothing, and Equipment
  • Marine Corps General Leadership
  • Substance Abuse
  • Troop Information/Training Management
  • Combat Leadership
  • Individual Weapons: M16A2 Service Rifle M9 Service Pistol
  • Tactical Measures
  • Hand Grenades, Mines, and Pyrotechnics: Locating Mines Movement through Mine Field
  • NBC Defense
  • First Aid and Field Sanitation
  • Land Navigation
  • Communication: Operate the SINGARS RADIO Communicate Using a Radio
  • Maintain Physical Fitness

(c) Satisfactorily pass the USMC Physical Fitness Test (PFT). All applicants, regardless of age, must complete this requirement. Those individuals over 45 years of age, if found physically qualified by a medical officer, shall take the Marine Corps PFT under the age category 39-45.

(d) Be recommended for the award by the Marine Corps Battalion/Squadron Commanding Officer.

Specific

(a) Enlisted active duty members of the Navy must:

1. Serve a minimum of 12 months with a Fleet Marine Force (FMF) unit.

2. Graduate from Field Medical Service School (FMSS) or Chaplain and RP Expeditionary Skills Training (CREST) course and obtain the appropriate Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) (HM 8404/DT 8707/RP 2401). Navy personnel assigned to a FMF unit who have no Navy Enlisted Classification Code (NEC) producing pipeline school, (i.e., YN, PN, DK, etc.....) are also eligible.

3. Have no single performance trait mark below 3.0, and no promotion recommendation lower than promotable for the last two periodic evaluations.

(b) Enlisted members in Navy Reserve FMF units must:

1. Serve a minimum of 24 months in a Naval Reserve FMF unit with satisfactory drill attendance.

2. Obtain the appropriate NEC (HM 8404/DT 8707/RP 2401) for their billet.

3. Complete a 2-week Active Duty Training period in support of a Marine Corps field training exercise. 4. Have no single performance trait mark below 3.0, and no promotion recommendation lower than promotable for the last two periodic evaluations. (c) Navy Active Duty Officers must serve a minimum 12 months duty with the FMF.

(d) Navy Reserve Officers must serve a minimum of 24 months in a Naval Reserve FMF unit with satisfactory drill attendance.

The above requirements may be waived by the awarding authority in cases where Navy personnel demonstrate exceptional skill, knowledge, and leadership while providing support to the Marine Corps in a combat environment with concurrence of CMC/CNO.

Only Marine Corps battalion/squadron commanding officers may award the Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon. There are no subsequent awards and no citation or certificate will be issued. Commanding officers shall make appropriate service record entries for enlisted personnel, and issue letters of eligibility for officer personnel. Award of the ribbon shall be noted in the member’s next evaluation or report of fitness.

Advancement Credit. The award of this ribbon shall entitle enlisted personnel to be designated FMF and have two points applied on the E4 through E6 advancement exams.

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