USA Non-Commissioned Officer
Professional Development Ribbon
Display Recognition

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      • Sample Display Recognitions
      • Display Types
      • Issue Requirements
      • Issue Regulations
      • Issue Regulations, Changes
      • Who May Apply
      • Administration Processing and Delivery
      • How To Apply For This Display Recognition and/or Medal
      • Mailing Address
      • Questions?
      • Other Display Recognitions
      • Army Websites
      • Army 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

        Trimmed in Appearance Gold

        Ready for Mantle or Shelf Display

        Issue Requirements
        You must submit ONE of the following:

      • A photocopy of your DD-214
      • Or, a photocopy of general orders
      • Or, a photocopy of training record
      • 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.

        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: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

        Personnel Branch
        Processing and Delivery

        Style Price Shipping Total
        Full Color .PDF (Printable) $7.50 Emailed $7.50
        Published Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $10.50 USPS $24.50
        Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $10.50 USPS $29.50
        Full Color Printable Certificates
        on CD-Rom (minimum 20 Certificates)
        $7.50 $7.50 By Count

      • Total/Shipping prices, above, apply to 50 U.S. states
      • 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 in 6 weeks)
      • (* Upon reception of required documentation)

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include a copy of your DD-214 or other pre-arranged document(s).


        Mailing Address

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


        Email: NCO Professional Development Recognition Inquiry

        Telephone: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

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        Issue Regulations

        NCO Professional Development Ribbon

        Establishing Authority

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        The NCO Professional Development Ribbon was established on April 10, 1981, by Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh, Jr.

        Effective Dates

        The NCO Professional Development Ribbon has been in effect since August 1, 1981.


        The NCO Professional Development Ribbon is awarded to all enlisted members of the Army to include the Reserve Components (Army National Guard and Army Reserve), for successful completion of designated NCO professional development courses.


        The ribbon is automatically retroactive if the serviceperson served on active, NG or Reserve duty on or after 01 August 1981. However, veterans of prior service NCO leadership and advancement personnel are permitted to display the NCO ribbon.

        Order of Precedence

        The NCO Professional Development Ribbon is worn after the Armed Forces Reserve Medal and before the Army Service Ribbon.


        This ribbon may not be worn on the Navy or Coast Guard uniforms.


        The numerals "2" "3" and "4" are worn on the ribbon to indicate the highest level of training successfully completed. Army members who complete primary level NCO training (Primary NCO Course, Combat Army Course, and Primary Leadership Development Course) will wear the ribbon without a numeral, and those who complete higher levels will wear the appropriate numeral.

        The numeral "2" denotes the basic level (Basic NCO Course, Combat Arms; Basic Technical Courses, and Basic NCO Course).

        The numeral "3" denotes the advanced level (Advanced NCO Courses).

        The numeral "4" denotes senior level courses.

        The numeral "5" is obsolete and was formerly used to denoted completion of the U.S. Army Sergeants-Major Academy.

        1. Description: The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches in width. It is composed of the following vertical stripes: 3/16 inch Green 67129, 1/8 inch Yellow 67108, 3/16 inch Green, 1/16 inch Yellow; 1/4 inch Flag Blue 67124, 1/16 inch Yellow, 3/16 inch Green, 1/8 inch Yellow, and 3/16 inch Green.

        2. Components: Ribbon. MIL-D-11589/283. (There is no medal for this ribbon).

        3. Criteria: a. The NCO Professional Development Ribbon is awarded to members of the United States Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve for successful completion of designated Noncommissioned Officer professional development courses.

        b. A numeral is affixed to the ribbon to indicate completion of specific levels of subsequent courses. Primary level course is indicated by the basic ribbon; basic level course with the number 2; advanced level course with number 3; and senior level course (Sergeants Major Academy) with number 4.

        c. Specific criteria for award is contained in AR 600-8-22.

        4. Background: a. The NCO Professional Development Ribbon was established by the Secretary of the Army on April 10, 1981.

        b. The colors of the ribbon represent the colors of the chevrons worn by the non-commissioned officer and are on each side of a blue field representing support to the United States.

        Changes, Issue Regulations

        NCO Professional Development Ribbon
        March 2017

        2. References D through H direct changes to the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development System (NCOPDS).

        a. The Noncommissioned Officer Education System (NCOES) Basic, Advanced, Senior and Sergeant Majors Courses have been augmented with the addition of the Master Leaders Course (MLC) and Executive Leaders Course (ELC).

        b. Effective immediately, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (NCOPDR) is changed to include MLC and ELC, with corresponding numeral devices 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 to denote the satisfactory completion of the respective NCOES courses.

        3. Reference A, Table 5-1 is revised as follows:

        Table 5-1 Noncommissioned Officer Education System creditable courses for award of the Noncommissioned Officer's Professional Development Ribbon and devices