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Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon
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Authorization. Established by SECNAV on 2 February 1989. SECNAV letter NDBDM/0087 of 21 February 1997 (NOTAL) made award retroactive to 1 July 1973.

Eligibility Requirements

(1) General. Awarded to officer and enlisted personnel of the United States Navy and Naval Reserve, to include Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW) personnel (formally TEMAC) in support of recruiting and Naval Reserve personnel assigned to those activities listed below.

  • Navy Recruiting Command, Washington, DC
  • Navy Recruiting Areas
  • Navy Recruiting Districts
  • Navy Recruiting Exhibit Center (disestablished May 97)
  • Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit, Pensacola, FL
  • National Training Team (formerly Mobile Inspection and Training Team (MITT))
  • Navy Recruiting Quality Assurance Team, Great Lakes, IL
  • Navy Recruiting Youth Program Field Representatives
  • Navy Recruiting, Recruit Training Center Liaison Offices
  • Navy Recruiting Command Liaison Team, Federal Records Center, St. Louis, MO
  • Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels)
  • Navy Balloon Team
  • Navy Parachute Team (Leap Frogs)
  • Bureau of Naval Personnel (PERS-23) Navy/Naval Reserve Recruiting Liaison Representatives (disestablished)
  • Naval Reserve Recruiting Command, New Orleans, LA
  • Naval Reserve Recruiting Command Detachment One, Alameda, CA
  • Naval Reserve Recruiting Command Detachment Two, Great Lakes, IL
  • Naval Reserve Recruiting Command Detachment Three, Dallas, TX
  • Naval Reserve Recruiting Command Detachment Four, Orlando, FL
  • Naval Reserve Recruiting Command Detachment Five, Silver Springs, MD
  • Naval Reserve Recruiting Command Detachment Six, Scotia, NY
  • Naval Reserve Recruiting Command Detachment Seven, Denver, CO
  • Commander, Naval Reserve Force, Recruiting Liaison Representatives
  • Director, Candidate Guidance Office, USNA, Navy Academy Information Officer Program

NOTE: Prior to February 1989, most eligible Naval Reserve Recruiting personnel were assigned to Unit Identification Codes (UIC’s) of Naval Reserve Readiness Commands, Naval Air Stations, Reserve Centers and Naval Air Reserve activities. Eligibility is maintained if personnel were assigned to billets specifically involving recruiting or recruiting support.

(2) Specific. Awarded to non-Career Recruiting Force (CRF) and non-Naval Reserve Canvasser Recruiter (CANREC) person­ nel upon completion of a successful tour of duty in recruiting and at the recommendation of their commanding officer or officer in charge. CRF personnel, Campus Liaison Officers and Recruiting District Assistance Council members will be eligible for the ribbon upon each completion of 3 consecutive years of recruiting duty. CANREC and Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW) recruiting personnel will also be eligible for the ribbon after completion of 3 consecutive years of combined recruiting duty provided no break in service of more than 60-days occurs during the period.

(3) Definitions. For the purpose of determining eligibility for this award, the following definitions will apply:

(a) Recruiting Duty. Duty performed at any one of, or a combination of, the Navy or Naval Reserve recruiting activities listed above.

(b) Prescribed Tour of Duty. The member’s projected rotation date from recruiting as established by the CHNAVPERS for officers and for enlisted, is considered the end of a qualifying tour of duty. Personnel who completed a minimum of 18 months on recruiting duty but who were transferred prior to their original projected rotation date to a non-recruiting activity may submit a waiver request to Commander, Navy Recruiting Command. In the case of Naval Reserve recruiting personnel having at least 2 consecutive years of recruiting duty who are recalled USN or TAR prior to completing 3 years of recruiting duty, a waiver request may be submitted, via the recruiting chain of command at the time of service, to Commander, Naval Reserve Recruiting Command. Personnel who were fault transferred from recruiting duty or who were not recommended for continuation and who were subsequently terminated in the case of Naval Reserve Canvasser Recruiters, are not eligible for the Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon and waivers will not be considered.

(c) Successful Tour. For the purpose of this in­ struction, a successful tour is defined as completing the pre- scribed tour of duty as outlined in (3)(b), with the exception that Naval Reserve CANREC and ADSW personnel may combine consecutive recruiting periods of either recruiting program provided that no break in service exceeding 60-days occurs during the 3-year period.

Subsequent Awards. Second and subsequent awards will be denoted by 3/16-inch bronze stars. A 3/16-inch silver star will be worn in lieu of a sixth award. The award consists of a ribbon bar only. No citation or certificate will be issued.

Awarding Authority. Commanding officers determine eligibility from service records, affidavits or upon completion of eligibility requirements at current command and make appropriate service record entries for enlisted personnel and issue letters of eligibility for officer personnel. Situations not covered in this article should be addressed to the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command.

Retroactive Awards. The Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon will be awarded retroactive to 1 July 1973.

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