The Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon was established on July 15, 1997, by Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton.
The Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon is awarded retroactive to October 6, 1952 (the date the Marine Corps Drill Instructors' School was established).
Marines possessing the 8511 MOS who have served in an 8511 billet are eligible to receive the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon. In addition, Marines in the following billets are eligible to receive this award:
The ribbon is worn after the Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon and before the Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon.
Second and subsequent awards of this ribbon are denoted by bronze stars three-sixteenths of an inch in circumscribing diameter.