Effective 1 January 2014, Navy Reserve members are eligible for the navy Good Conduct Medal (NGCM) Additionaly, the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal will no longer be awarded. Reserve service prior to 1 January 2014 earned towards the naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal may be applied towards award of the Navy Good Conduct Medal.
For additional information select ALNAV 025/14(PDF)
a. Authorization. The Naval Reserve Meritorious Service
was authorized by SECNAV on 22 June 1964.
Originally SECNAV approved
a National Naval Reserve Policy Board
Item in 1960 for the award as a ribbon, in recognition of Navy
Reservists on inactive duty for fulfilling certain requirements
with distinction. The NRMSM is intended to provide Navy
Reservists an award equivalent to the Navy Good Conduct Medal.
b. Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal Eligibility Requirements. The
initial date for
computation of service is 1 July 1958. From 1 July 1958 through
31 December 1995, the period of eligibility was four years. Beginning 1
January 1996, the period of eligibility is three
years. The Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal may be awarded to an enlisted Navy Reservist
who meets the following minimum requirements:
(1) Performs three periods of active duty of not less
than 12 consecutive days each, unless Commander, Navy Reserve
Force or his delegated authority
waives any period or portion of
a period. Any combination of Annual Training (AT), Active Duty
for Training (ADT), and/or Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW)
satisfies the annual requirement. AT completed prior to 31
1994 must have been for periods of not less than 12
consecutive days, unless waived by competent authority for
reasons not initiated by the individual reservist.
(2) Attends a minimum of 90 percent of all scheduled
drills each year prior
to 1 October 1997, and a minimum of 85
percent thereafter, with an organized unit of the Navy Reserve,
for three consecutive years (authorized equivalent instruction
or duty may be credited in lieu of drills). Assignments to
Records Review of six months or less may be counted toward
eligibility for this award, provided the member maintains
eligibility for a satisfactory year toward
completing correspondence courses. A period of eligibility
interrupted for six months or more will result in a new three-
year period beginning with the date of return to a drilling
status. Situations not covered
in this article should be
addressed to NPC (PERS-913) for resolution.
(3) When a member of the Navy Reserve is ordered to
active duty, temporary active duty, or initial active duty for
training, such period(s) will be credited toward fulfillment of
the requirements prescribed in paragraphs 3b(l) and (2)
article under the following conditions:
(a) The active duty consists of at least 30 days;
(b) The member must have earned some credit toward an
award while in an inactive duty drilling status, except for
personnel enlisted in reserve programs with no drilling
obligation prior to reporting to active duty. These programs
include Two Year General Detail (GENDET), Three Year Enlistment
Apprenticeship, Sea/Air Mariner (SAM), or TAR Enlistment (TEP)
Programs. Personnel enlisted in these programs may receive
credit toward the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (NRMSM) for periods of active duty or active
duty for training (ACDUTRA) performed, provided such a period is
less than three years.
(c) Upon completion of the three-year eligibility
requirement for the award
while on continuous active duty, the
member may not qualify for subsequent awards without returning
to an inactive duty drill status. Continuous active
duty may be
applied toward the award of a Navy Good Conduct Medal.
(d) Active duty time credited toward the award of the
Navy Good Conduct Medal may not be credited toward eligibility
for the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (NRMSM). Active duty time not credited toward award of
the NGCM may be credited toward the NRMSM provided the member
with the Selected Reserve within 90 days of discharge
or release from active
duty and has met all other requirements
for the NGCM.
(4) Conduct and Performance
(a) Member must have a clear record for the period
of eligibility (no convictions by courts-martial or NJP). If
a member's service record indicates convictions by either court-
martial or NJP, the three-year period shall begin with the date
of completion of the court-martial sentence or NJP.
(b) No enlisted performance evaluation mark below
2.0 in any trait
c. Certificates. A certificate shall be prepared for each
award earned. The member's rate, name, branch of service, and
number of the award shall be centered in the appropriate spaces.
The ending date of the period of the service for which the award
was earned shall be centered after "Awarded for service
completed on." The commanding officer's name, rank, and branch
shall be typed above "Commanding Officer," and
his/her signature affixed.
subsequent to 31 December 1995, or below 3.0 in
military knowledge/performance, rating knowledge/performance,
military bearing, personal behavior, and directing
between 31 August 1983
and 31 December 1995 (or equivalent when
other than numerical values are assigned).
Authorized Devices: Bronze Star, Silver Star