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Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal


Description

Obverse: A fouled anchor displayed in the center of a rectangular bronze medallion with clipped corners, 1-1/4 inches wide. There is a five-pointed star (point up) in each corner of the medal. This design was suggested by the flag of the Secretary of the Navy, under whose authority it was established.
Reverse: The reverse of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal is blank for engraving the recipientís name.


Ribbon

The ribbon is myrtle green (suggested by the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal). A stripe of Indian orange inside each edge distinguishes the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal from the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.


Criteria
See SECNAVINST M1650.1H (Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual).

Background
The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal was originally established as a ribbon-only award by Secretary of the Navy John B. Connally on May 1, 1961. The current medal was authorized by the Secretary of the Navy on July 17, 1967. It may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces in the grades of 0-5 and below. The medal is awarded for meritorious service or achievement in either combat or noncombat, based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature, but which does not warrant a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. It may not be awarded for service involving participation in aerial flight after January 1, 1969.





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