a. Authorization. SECNAV letter 1650 Ser NDBDM/482
15 July 1997.
b. Marine Corps Drill Instructor Eligibility Requirements
(1) Personnel. Marines possessing the 8511 MOS, who
have served in an 8511 billet, are eligible to receive the
Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon (MCDIR). In addition,
Marines in the following billets are eligible to receive the
(a) Recruit Training Regiment - CO, XO, Operations
Officer (S-3), SGTMAJ, Series Commander.
(b) Recruiting Training Battalion - CO, XO, S-3,
(c) Recruit Training Regiment Support Battalion -
CO, XO, S-3, SGTMAJ, Company Commanding Officers
(d) Drill Instructor School - Director and Assistant
(e) Officer Candidate Company - CO, XO, ISTSGT,
Company Gunnery Sergeant, and Platoon Commanders.
(2) Period of Service
(a) Drill Instructors. Marines assigned to drill
instructor duty (MOS 8511) are eligible to receive the Marine Corps Drill Instructo ribbon
upon completion of a successful tour of duty. A Marine who extends beyond the basic tour of duty is eligible upon
completion of the extension period. Marines returning for
subsequent tours as drill instructors are eligible for
subsequent awards upon the completion of each tour.
(b) Additional Billets. Marines assigned in those
billets listed in subparagraphs (a) through (e) above are
eligible to receive the Marine Corps Drill Instructo ribbon upon completion of a successful
assignment. Marines assigned as Assistant Marine Officer
Instructors are not eligible for this award.
(c) Posthumous Awards. On a case-by-case basis, the
MCDIR may be awarded posthumously without regard to period of
c. Definitions. For the purpose of determining eligibility
for the Marine Corps Drill Instructor award, the following definitions apply:
(1) Drill Instructor. Duty performed in an 8511 MOS
billet as set forth in the Table of Organization.
(2) Prescribed Tour of Duty
Drill Instructor. The Marine's projected
detachment date from drill instructor duty is considered the end
of a qualifying tour of duty. Personnel who transfer prior to
their original projected rotation date are authorized to receive
this award if they complete a minimum of 20 months (for those
who received their 8511 MOS before December 1996) or 30 months
(for those who receive their 8511 MOS on or after 1 December
1996) of drill instructor duty. Personnel who were transferred
due to Relief for Cause or Relief for the Good of the Service
are not eligible for this award.
(b) Marines serving in the additional billets
outlined in subparagraphs b. (1)
(a) through (e) above are
required to serve a total of 18 cumulative months in those
billets in order to be eligible for the Marine Coprs Drill Instructor Ribbon.
(3) Successful Tour. A successful tour is defined as
completing the prescribed tour of duty as outlined above.
d. Waivers. Requests for waiver of eligibility criteria,
or questions regarding a successful tour of duty, should be sent
to the Commanding General of the respective Marine Corps Recruit Depot, or in the case of Officer Candidate School, to the
Commanding General, Training Command, for decision.
e. Award Elements. The award consists of a ribbon bar
only. No citation or certificate will be issued.
f. Retroactive Awards. The Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon (MCDIR) may be awarded
retroactively to 6 October 1952.
g. Awarding Authority. Authority to award the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon (MCDIR) is
delegated to commanding officers.
Authorized Devices: Bronze Star, Silver Star