The Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon was established on March 3, 1984, by Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral James S. Gracey.
The Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon has been in effect since March 3, 1984.
The Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon is awarded to active duty members of the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve, inactive duty members of the Coast Guard Reserve, or non-Coast Guard personnel who, under temporary or permanent assignment, satisfactorily complete a minimum of 12 months cumulative sea duty. For purposes of this award sea duty is defined as duty performed:
The Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon is worn after the Special Operations Service Ribbon and before the Restricted Duty Ribbon.
A bronze service star three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter is authorized for each additional three years of qualifying sea duty (a silver service star of the same size denotes a sixth award).