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.