Criteria: 24 months of cumulative service embarked on Naval Reserve vessels or an embarked Reserve unit.
Devices: Bronze, Silver Star
The Navy Reserve Sea Service Ribbon was created in May 1986 and is awarded to any member of the U.S. Navy Reserve who, while serving as a drilling reservist, completes twenty-four cumulative months of duty on board a U.S. Navy Reserve Ship.
The term “Navy Reserve Ship” refers to any self-propelled Navy Reserve ship, boat, or craft operated under the operational control of fleet or type commanders.
The Navy Reserve Sea Service Ribbon is also granted to members of embarked Navy Reserve staffs, provided that at least half of the embarked reserve drills qualified as underway drills. The Navy Reserve Sea Service is not eligible for service performed by reservists who were called to active duty. In such cases, the active duty service would qualify towards the award of the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.