Navy Expert Rifle Ribbon
Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon
Criteria: Attainment of the minimum qualifying score for the expert level during prescribed shooting exercises.
Devices: Bronze Letter “S”, Silver Letter “E”
The Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon was established by the Secretary of the Navy on October 14, 1969 to extend the range of marksmanship awards below the Expert level. To create this “ribbon-only” award, the ribbon of the Navy Expert Rifleman Medal was retained and redesignated as the Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon with devices to denote the Marksman and Sharpshooter levels. To indicate the various levels, the ribbon for the Marksman level is unadorned and the Sharpshooter level uses a bronze letter “S”. To reward the attainment of the Expert level, the medal is retained unadorned but a silver letter “E,” is placed on the ribbon bar. The ribbon is navy blue with three thin stripes of light green. Attachment letters are affixed to the center of the ribbon. Earlier regulations provided for a bronze letter “E” to denote to first qualification at the Expert level and the silver “E” to indicate the “final” achievement of Expert status but this was soon discontinued in favor of the silver “E”.
Add bronze S to denote sharpshooter and add Silver E to denote expert.