USMC Recruiting Ribbon
Display Recognition

Site Index

      • Example Display Recognition
      • Display Types
      • Issue Requirements
      • Issue Regulations
      • Who May Apply
      • Administration Processing and Delivery
      • How To Apply For This Display Recognition and/or Medal
      • Mailing Address
      • Questions?
      • Other Display Recognitions
      • USMC Service Websites
      • USMC Discussion Forum
      • Example Display Recognition:
        Actual Size: 8 1/2 x 11



        Who May Apply

        • Veteran recipients
        • Active Duty recipients
        • Family Members of recipients
        • Estate Inheritors

        Display Types

        You have four display types to choose from:
        Black & White (No Color)
        Heavy Bond Enclosure

        Heavy Bond Enclosure
        Colors: Regal, Black, Navy
        Trimmed in Appearance Gold

        Ready for Mantle or Shelf Display

        Issue Requirements
        You must submit the following:

      • An unaltered photocopy of your DD-214, WD AGO, NAVPERS, NG or other military issued document clearly displaying your award of the USMC Recruiting Ribbon.
      • Contact The War Library if you do not have a DD-214, WD AGO, NAVPERS, NG or other Report of Separation: 1-562-422-4100.
      • NOTICE

        This Display Recognition is available ONLY to authorized recipients who possess orders, or authorization form, or release documentation that confirms award eligibility. (See "Issue Requirements"). To obtain either a Display Medal or a Display Recognition for your authorized award you will be required to provide military-issued documentation authorizing your award. There are no exceptions.

        WARNING!
        You must NOT submit a military issued document or photocopy that:

        • has been altered in any way by you after
          the original's official issue
        • contains information or corrections or
          additions that you entered
        • lists awards or training you knowingly did not receive
        • contains highlighting, colorizing or other markings you entered

        Be advised that on request any knowingly fraudulent document sent by you will be released to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that may result in prosecution and/or fine/imprisonment.

        Email Questions, or Phone / Fax: 1-562-422-4100

        Personnel Branch
        Processing and Delivery

        Style Admin Shipping Total
        Full Color .PDF (Printable) $7.50 Emailed $7.50
        Published Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $8.35 $22.35
        Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $8.35 $27.35
        Full Color Printable Certificates
        on CD-Rom (minimum 20 Certificates)
        $7.50 $7.50 By Count

      • *** USPS Shipping fee based on 1-3 Certificates shipped to any U.S. state, FPO or APO
      • ** USPS Shipping fee based on 1-10 Certificates shipped to any U.S. state, FPO or APO
      • Contact The War Library for international shipping cost
      • How to Apply

        You may apply for your Display Recognition using a...

      • Check Debit card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Charge card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Personal, Business, Bank or Cashiers Check ( Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • Money Order (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • (* Upon reception of required documentation)

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include an unaltered COPY of your DD-214, WD AGO 53-55 or other pre-arranged document(s).

        DISPLAY RECOGNITION and/or MEDAL APPLICATION FORM

        Mailing Address

        Records Chief (REC-AMW)
        The American War Library
        817 East Via Carmelitos Ste 319
        Long Beach CA 90805-7549

        Questions?

        Click here for answers to common questions

        Email: USMC Recruiting Ribbon Display Recognition Inquiry

        Telephone: 1-562-422-4100

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        Issue Regulations


        USMC Recruiting Ribbon

        Establishing Authority

        The Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon was established on June 7, 1995, by Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton.

        Effective Dates

        Award of the Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon may be made retro-actively to January 1, 1973 to any person who meets the criteria set forth below.

        Criteria

        1. Recruiters: Marines assigned to recruiting duty (MOS 8411) are eligible to receive the ribbon upon completion of a successful tour of duty (36 months of consecutive service in an 8411 billet). A Marine who extends beyond the basic tour of duty will be eligible for the award upon completion of the extension period. Marines returning for subsequent tours will be eligible for subsequent awards upon completion of each tour. A recruiter who becomes a career recruiter will be eligible to receive the ribbon upon assignment of the MOS 8412.

        2. Extended Active Duty (EAD) Recruiters: EAD recruiters (MOS 8411) will be eligible to receive the ribbon upon completion of 36 months of consecutive service in an 8411 billet. Subsequent awards will be issued for each successful 36 month period.

        3. Career Recruiters: A new award period for career recruiters will begin on the date which they receive the 8412 MOS. They will be eligible to receive subsequent awards upon the completion of each 36 month period following that date.

        4. Command recruiters and Recruiter Aides are not eligible for this award.

        5. For purposes of determining eligibility for this ribbon, the following definitions will apply: Recruiting Duty - duty in an 8411 or 8412 billet as set forth in the table of organization. Duty performed at the Recruiting Station level in the billet of USMC RS CO, XO, OPSO, OSO, or SGTMAJ.

        Order of Precedence

        The Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon is worn after the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon and before the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon.

        Restrictions

        This ribbon may not be worn on the Coast Guard uniform.

        Devices

        Second and subsequent awards are denoted by 3/16 inch bronze stars. A 3/16 inch silver star is worn in lieu of the sixth award.

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        /tel:cml (703) 696-2043/tel:dsn 226-2063/tel:cml (703) 696-2063//rmks/1. the purpose of this almar is to disseminate information regarding the establishment of a marine corps recruiting ribbon.

        2. the secretary of the navy, by the ref, approved the establishment of the marine corps recruiting ribbon.

        3. eligible personnel. marines possessing mos 8411 or 8412 who have served in an mos 8411 or 8412 billet are eligible to receive the subject ribbon. personnel who have served as a usmc rs co, xo, opso, oso, or sgtmaj are also eligible.

        4. eligible members must meet the following award criteria:

        a. recruiters. marines assigned to recruiting duty (mos 8411) will be eligible to receive the ribbon upon completion of a successful tour of duty. a marine who extends beyond the basic tour of duty will be eligible for the award upon completion of the extension period. marines returning for subsequent tours on recruiting duty will be eligible for subsequent awards upon completion of each tour. a recruiter who becomes a career recruiter will be eligible to receive the ribbon upon assignment of the 8412 mos.

        b. extended active duty (ead) recruiters. ead recruiters (mos 8411) will be eligible to receive the ribbon upon completion of 36 months of consecutive service in an 8411 billet. subsequent awards will be issued for each successful 36 month period.

        c. career recruiters. a new award period for career recruiters will begin on the date which they receive the 8412 mos. they will be eligible to receive subsequent awards upon the completion of each 36 month period following that date.

        d. command recruiters and recruiter aides are not eligible for this award.

        e. prior service recruiters (mos 8411) are eligible for this award upon completion of 36 months of consecutive service in an 8411 billet.

        5. for the purpose of determining eligibility for this award, the following definition will apply:

        a. recruiting duty. duty performed in an 8411 or 8412 billet as set forth in the table of organization. duty performed at the recruiting station level in the billet of usmc rs co, xo, opso, oso, or sgtmaj.

        b. prescribed tour of duty. a marine's date of detachment from recruiting duty is considered the end of a qualifying tour of duty. personnel who were transferred prior to their original projected rotation date are authorized to receive this award if they complete a minimum of 30 months on recruiting duty. personnel who were transferred due to relief for cause or relief for good of the service from recruiting duty are not eligible for the ribbon. requests for waivers of the 30 month requirement should be sent to cg mcrc,

        2 navy annex, washington dc 20380-1775, for decision. c. successful tour. completion of the prescribed tour of duty as outlined in par 5b.

        6. precedence and subsequent awards. the marine corps recruiting ribbon will be worn after the navy and marine corps overseas service ribbon and before the armed forces reserve medal. 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 the sixth award. the award consists of a ribbon bar only. no citation or certificate will be issued.

        7. retroactive awards. the marine corps recruiting ribbon will be awarded retroactive to 1 jan 73, reflecting the establishment of the all volunteer force.

        8. awarding authority. authority to award the marine corps recruiting ribbon is delegated to co's.

        9. action by co's. for those individuals currently on recruiting duty, ensure recruiters have met all criteria set forth above and record issuance of the award in the marine's srb/oqr. for those personnel not currently on recruiting duty, but who previously served on recruiting duty, determine eligibility from the members service record and, if eligible, award the ribbon.