|Navy & Marine Corps Awards and Decorations|
|Additional Information About Navy Unit Awards|
DEFINITION. A unit is any ship, aircraft squadron, shore command or military organizational element composed of military personnel under control of a military command and charged with carrying out a military mission or function.
GENERAL INFORMATION. To foster unit morale, incentive, and esprit de corps through prompt recognition of outstanding performance of group effort. Unit awards recognize entire organizations for outstanding heroism or achievement performed during periods of war, international tension, national emergencies, or extraordinary situations that involve national interests. They are restricted to the recognition of acts or services that clearly and distinctly, by nature and magnitude, place the unit's performance significantly above that of other units performing similar missions. They are not intended to recognize individual actions, but to acknowledge the combined efforts of the organization. The performance should be that which can be recognized adequately in no other way.
The Navy Unit Commendation (NUC) and Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) may be awarded to units of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard with concurrence of the parent service.
Personnel of the naval service may participate in unit awards tendered by the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, or U.S. Coast Guard, providing such awards have been concurred with by CNO/CMC.
Participation of Civilians in Military Unit Awards. Subsequent to 16 March 1969, civilian U.S. citizen employees of the Department of the Navy (DON), assigned to a unit recommended for a Presidential Unit Citation (PUC), NUC or MUC may be nominated for participation in the award provided the officer recommending the award certifies that they played a key role in the achievement for which the award is recommended.
ELIGIBILITY TO WEAR UNIT AWARDS. When a unit award is issued, component, reinforcing or supporting units, which are authorized to participate in the award will be designated. The Commanding Officer of the unit determines individual eligibility to participate in unit awards in accordance with Article 115. The criteria for personnel assigned to those units to wear the unit award is as follows:
Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, and Meritorious Unit Commendation
Navy "E" Ribbon
No unit or part thereof may be awarded more than one unit award, regardless of type (including Joint unit awards), for the same act or service.
Recommendations for PUC, NUC and MUC must be submitted within 3 years from the date of the action or service and the award must be made within 5 years thereof. When a recommendation has been initiated and placed in official channels within the time limits prescribed and has become lost, a certified copy of the original recommendation may be resubmitted. If a copy is not available, a statement may be submitted by the originator and the case will be considered on its merits.
AWARD ELEMENTS AND ATTACHMENTS
Ribbon bars and accompanying citation facsimiles to represent PUC, NUC and MUC are issued to eligible military personnel. Commanding officers will procure ribbon bars. Civilian personnel will be issued a 9/16-inch triangular lapel device and accompanying citation facsimile. There are no medals authorized for these awards.
Originals of the citations are held by the cited unit and copies by either CNO (N09B13) or CMC (MMMA). Either command will furnish copies upon request.
For officer and enlisted personnel, the appropriate page entry documentation is forwarded to the member for update to the service record.
Navy "E" Ribbons are issued to eligible military personnel. There is no medal, citation or certificate to accompany this award. Documentation for service records are made as appropriate.