Criteria: Outstanding performance and conduct during 3 years of enlisted service in the Naval Reserve
Devices: Bronze, Silver Star
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.