Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal
Criteria: Outstanding performance and conduct during 3 years of enlisted service in the Naval Reserve
Devices: Bronze, Silver Star
Notes: Originally a ribbon only award
For Naval Reservists who fulfill, with distinction, obligations above a level that is normally expected. The Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal is worn after the Navy Good Conduct Medal and before the Fleet Marine Force Ribbon.
The Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal was authorized on September 12, 1959 originally as a ribbon-only award. The medal was authorized on June 22, 1962 with eligibility backdated to July 1, 1958. The award is made on a selected basis to U.S. Navy Reservists who fulfill, with distinction, the obligations of an inactive Reservists at a higher level than normally expected. The obligations pertain to attendance and performance.
The Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal is a circular bronze disc showing an fouled anchor covered with a scroll with the raised words, “MERITORIOUS SERVICE.” The words, “UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE” encircle the anchor. The reverse of the medal is blank. The ribbon is red with a blue center stripe and thin border stripes of gold and blue. Additional awards are denoted by three-sixteenth bronze stars.