Coast Guard Expert Rifleman Military Medal
Coast Guard Expert Rifleman Medal
Service: Coast Guard
Criteria: Attainment of the minimum qualifying score for the Expert level during prescribed shooting exercises.
Devices: None on medal (but see Coast Guard Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon)
The Coast Guard Expert Rifleman Medal was established to reward outstanding rifle marksmanship and to recognize the attainment of the minimum qualifying score for the Expert level during prescribed shooting exercises. The medal is a bronze pendant in the shape of a shield, the upper portion of which contains the raised inscription, “U.S. COAST GUARD EXPERT” in two lines. In the center of the medal is a pair of crossed rifles beneath which is a rifle target. The reverse is plain and is suitable for engraving the recipient’s name. The ribbon is navy blue with four thin white stripes, two near the center and one each towards the edges. Although originally intended as a single, one class award, the concept was extended during the Vietnam War to provide for two additional levels of achievement with the creation of the Coast Guard Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon.