Service: Marine Corps
Criteria: Outstanding performance and conduct during three years of continuous active enlisted service in the U.S. Marine Corps
Devices: Bronze, Silver Star Notes: Earlier ribbon was 1¼" wide
The Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal is awarded for outstanding performance, based on good conduct and faithful service for three- year periods of continuous active enlisted service. This medal is worn after the Prisoner of War Medal and before the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal.
The Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal was established by the Secretary of the Navy on July 20, 1896. The medal is awarded to an enlisted Marine for obedience, sobriety, military proficiency, neatness and intelligence during three years of continuous active service. The Marine receiving the award must have had no convictions by court martial and no more than one nonjudicial punishment during the three-year period.