The NCO Professional Development Ribbon was established on April 10, 1981, by Secretary of the Army John O. Marsh, Jr.
The NCO Professional Development Ribbon has been in effect since August 1, 1981.
The NCO Professional Development Ribbon is awarded to all enlisted members of the Army to include the Reserve Components (Army National Guard and Army Reserve), for successful completion of designated NCO
professional development courses.
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
The NCO Professional Development Ribbon is worn after the Armed Forces Reserve Medal and before the Army Service Ribbon.
This ribbon may not be worn on the Navy or Coast Guard uniforms.
- The numerals "2" "3" and "4" are worn on the ribbon to indicate the highest level of training successfully completed. Army members who complete primary level NCO training (Primary NCO Course, Combat
Army Course, and Primary Leadership Development Course) will wear the ribbon without a numeral, and those who complete higher levels will wear the appropriate numeral.
- The numeral "2" denotes the basic level (Basic NCO Course, Combat Arms; Basic Technical Courses, and Basic NCO Course).
- The numeral "3" denotes the advanced level (Advanced NCO Courses).
- The numeral "4" denotes senior level courses.
The numeral "5" is obsolete and was formerly used to denoted completion of the U.S. Army Sergeants-Major Academy.