Service: Marine Corps
Instituted: 1997 (retroactive to 1952)
Criteria: Successful completion of a tour of duty as a drill instructor (staff billets require
completion of 18 months to be eligible).
Devices: Bronze, Silver Star
The Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon was established in 1997 (retroactive to October 6, 1952) and is awarded to Marines who serve successfully in a drill instructor assignment. An assignment is defined as a tour of a minimum of 20 months for those who received their 8511 MOS before December 1996 or 30 months thereafter.