Established on 19 Feb 1939
Criteria: Outstanding performance and conduct during 3 years of enlisted service in the Marine Corps Selected Reserve.
Required 80% attendance at drills between 1 Jul 1925 and 24 Apr 1961.
From 24 Apr 1961 to present, 90 % attendance is required.
Initially called the Fleet Marine Reserve Medal. It was subsequently redesignated as the Organized Marine Corps Reserve Medal to conform to the provisions of the Naval Reserve Act of July 1, 1938, which changed the designation from Fleet Reserve to Organized Reserve. On September 4, 1984, General Paul X. Kelley, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, officially redesignated this award as the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal.