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Gold Star
Denotes each subsequent award of the same Navy decoration.

Silver Star
Worn in the same manner as the gold star, in lieu of five gold stars.

Bronze Service Star
Represents participation in campaigns or operations, multiple qualification or an additional award to any of the various ribbons on which it is authorized. Also worn to denote first award of the single-mission Air Medal after Nov. 22, 1989.

Silver Service Star
Worn in the same manner as the bronze service star, in lieu of five bronze service stars.

Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Represents second and subsequent entitlements of awards.

Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
Worn for the 6th, 11th or in lieu of five bronze oak leaf clusters.

Wintered Over
For wintering over on the Antarctic continent - a clasp for Antarctic Service Medal; a suspension ribbon and a disc for the service ribbon of bronze for first winter; gold for the second winter; and silver for the third winter.

"V" Device
Authorized for acts or service involving direct participation in combat operations.

Issued for each succeeding award of the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

Europe and Asia Clasps
Worn on the suspension ribbon of the Navy Occupation Service Medal.

Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia
For Navy personnel attached to Fleet Marine Force units participating in combat operations.

Silver "E"
Denotes Expert Marksman qualification.

Bronze "S"
Denotes Sharpshooter Marksman qualification.

"M" Device
Denotes Naval Reserve mobilization in support of certain operations.

Strike/Flight Device
Bronze Arabic numeral denotes the total number of strike/flight awards of the Air Medal earned subsequent to April 9, 1962.

"3/16" Palm
Worn on the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation and Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation ribbons.

"E" Wreath
Denotes four or more Battle "E" Awards.

The above display represents the correct order of precedence for ribbons most likely to be worn today on the Navy uniform. Devices worn on these ribbons must be worn in a specified manner and are used to denote additional awards or participation in a specific event. For additional information about the proper order of display, placement of devices or about ribbons not shown, refer to SECNAVINST 1650.1F and the U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations (NAVPERS 1566.5G).

Naval Astronaut

Naval Astronaut (NFO)

Naval Aviator

Dirigible Pilot

Naval Aviation Observer and Flight Meteorologist

Naval Flight Surgeon

Naval Flight Nurse

Naval Flight Officer

Aviation Experimental Psychologist and Aviation Psychologist

Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist

Naval Aviation Supply Corps


Marine Combat Aircrew

Special Warfare

Special Operations

Surface Warfare (officer)

Surface Warfare (enlisted)

Surface Warfare (nurse)

Surface Warfare (medical)

Surface Warfare (dental)

Surface Warfare (medical service)

Surface Warfare (supply)

Submarine (officer)

Submarine (enlisted)

Submarine (medical)

Submarine (engineering duty)

Submarine (supply)

Submarine Combat Patrol

SSBN Deterrent Patrol (20 patrols)

SSBN Deterrent Patrol (12 patrols)

Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist (officer)

Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist (enlisted)

Naval Parachutist

Basic Parachutist

Naval Reserve

Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (officer)

Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (enlisted)

Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Senior Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Diving (officer)

Diving (medical)

Master Diver

Diver (medical technician)

First Class Diver

Second Class Diver

Scuba Diver

Deep Submergence (officer)

Deep Submergence (enlisted)

Presidential Service Badge

Vice Presidential Service Badge

Office of the Secretary of Defense

Joint Chiefs of Staff

Recruiting Command

Recruiting Command for Excellence


Career Counselor

Recruit Company Commander


Command Ashore

Officer in Charge (small craft)

Petty Officer in Charge (small craft)


Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

Force Master Chief Petty Officer

Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Command

Senior Chief Petty Officer of the Command

Chief Petty Officer of the Command

U.S. Navy Police (officer)

U.S. Navy Police (enlisted)

U.S. Navy Security

U.S. Navy Corrections

U.S. Navy Guard

U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms

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