Qualification for this ribbon signifies acquisition of specific professional skills, knowledge and military experience above those normally required of Navy personnel serving with the Fleet Marine Force (FMF). This qualification must be obtained through a formal program and the successful completion of written tests. For a full listing of the requirements for this ribbon, see paragraph 5 of SECNAVINST 1650.1G (pages 4-15 through 4-17).
Active duty Navy officers must serve a minimum of 12 months with the Fleet Marine Force and Navy Reserve Officers must serve a minimum of 24 months in a Naval Reserve Fleet Marine Force unit with satisfactory drill attendance. NOTE: The usual requirements for this ribbon may be waived by the awarding authority in cases where Navy personnel demonstrate exceptional skill, knowledge and leadership while providing support to the Marine Corps in a combat environment (while receiving hazardous duty pay).