Navy Sea Service Ribbon
Display Recognition

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      Example Display Recognition:
      Actual Size: 8 1/2 x 11
      Displayed: Navy.

      Military Branches

      United States Navy, United States Marine Corps

      Who May Apply

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

      Display Types

      Heavy Bond Enclosure
      Trimmed in Appearance Gold

      Ready for Mantle or Shelf Display

      Issue Requirements
      You must submit one of the following:

      • An unaltered photocopy of your DD-214, OR WD AGO 53-55, OR other military issued document clearly displaying your Navy Sea Service 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 (Pacific Time Zone).


      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 Admin Shipping Total
      Full Color .PDF (Printable) $7.50 Emailed $7.50
      Published Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $12.60 USPS $26.60
      Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $12.60 USPS $31.60
      Full Color Printable Certificates
      on CD-Rom (minimum 20 Certificates)
      $7.50 $7.50 By Count

    • Total/Shipping fees, 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 an unaltered COPY of your DD-214, WD AGO 53-55 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


      Click here for answers to common questions

      Email: Navy Sea Service Ribbon Display Recognition Inquiry

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

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      Navy Sea Service Ribbon

      Establishing Authority

      The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon was established on May 22, 1980, by Secretary of the Navy Edward Hidalgo and announced in SECNAVINST 1650.35 of January 26, 1981.

      Effective Dates

      The ribbon issue (when available) and documentation eligibility commencement date for the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon is August 15, 1974.

      (NOTE: The above date was established for ribbon issue purposes so as not to encumber the extraordinary expense of retroactively correcting tens of thousands of individual personnel records of Seaman who would have qualified had the SSR Award been created at an earlier date, such as during the Revolutionary War. Pre-1974 Seaman may own and display the SSR. However, neither Navy issue of the ribbon nor update to the DD-214 via the DD-215 is eligible... again, due to the enormous monetary and manhour expense involved.)


      Awarded to members of the Navy and Marine Corps assigned to U.S. homeported ships, deploying units, or Fleet Marine Force commands for 12 months accumulated sea duty, or for duty with the Fleet Marine Force which includes at least one deployment of 90 consecutive days.

      The 12 month accumulated sea duty requirement is waived for those personnel who were called to sea duty or deployed for Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm. For personnel assigned to overseas homeported ships, deploying units, or Fleet Marine Force commands, 12 months accumulated sear duty or duty with the Fleet Marine Force qualifies for award of this ribbon.

      Order of Precedence

      The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon is worn after the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and before the Arctic Service Ribbon.


      Subsequent awards of the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon are denoted by bronze service stars three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter (a silver service star the same size denotes a sixth award).