a. Authorization. OPNAVNOTE 1650 of 3 June 1987.
b. Navy Arctic Service Medal Eligibility Requirements. Awarded to officers and enlisted personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps, or civilian
citizens, national or resident aliens of the United States who
complete 28 days, consecutive or non-consecutive, above the
Arctic Circle after 1 January 1982. For personnel working at
remote ice camps and divers working under the ice, each day of
duty counts as two days when determining award eligibility. No
more than one day's credit is allowed for flights in or out
during any 24-hour period. Marine Corps personnel undergoing
annual cold weather training above the Arctic Circle do not
qualify for the 2-for-1 credit.
c. Subsequent Awards. There is no subsequent award.
d. Awarding Authority. Commanding officers of ships or units
whose operations are above the Arctic Circle. Certification
data, to include dates of eligibility, will be forwarded to CNO
(DNS-35) for Navy personnel. Appropriate entries shall be made
in the official military records of Marines eligible to receive
e. Retroactive Awards. Type commanders and commanding
officers of Navy Laboratories will determine and certify
retroactive eligibility to 1 January 1982.
22. Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon
a. Authorization. SECNAV Note 5420 of 28 May 1986,
OPNAVNOTE 1650 of 3 June 1987.
b. Eligibility Requirements. Navy Arctic Service Medal is warded to officer and
enlisted personnel of the Navy and Navy Reserve who, after 15 August 1974, complete a cumulative total of 24 months of any
combination of active or Selected Reserve service aboard a Navy
Reserve ship or its reserve unit or an embarked active or
(1) To be creditable for the ribbon, periods of Selected
Reserve service must have been satisfactory service as defined
in BUPERSINST 1001.39(series); specifically, 90 percent
attendance at scheduled drills prior to 1 October 1997 and 85
percent thereafter, with annual active duty for training
(ACDUTRA) performed for each period of 12 months of Selected
(2) Qualifying ship duty includes duty in a self-propelled Navy Reserve ship, boat, or craft operated under the
operational control of fleet or type commanders. Selected
Reserve duty with staffs that regularly embark in such Navy
Reserve ships, craft, or boats, is also qualifying provided at
least 50 percent of the drills performed for each creditable
period have been underway drills. The individuall's
certification that such underway drills were performed is
considered acceptable verification.
(3) Qualifying service performed between 15 August 1974
and 1 January 1979 will be credited only toward the initial
award of the ribbon. Subsequent to 1 January 1979, one award is
earned for each qualifying period.
(4) CNO may waive the requirements in posthumous cases,
on a case-by-case basis. An individual cannot receive both the
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Naval Reserve Sea Service
Ribbon for the same service.
c. Awarding Authority. Commanding officers. All questions
regarding eligibility must be addressed via Commander, Navy
Reserve Force to CNO (DNS-35).
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