The Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon was established on June 7, 1995, by Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton.
Award of the Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon may be made retroactively to January 1, 1973 to any person who meets the criteria set forth below.
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
- Recruiters: Marines assigned to recruiting duty (MOS 8411) are eligible to receive the ribbon upon completion of a successful tour of duty (36 months of consecutive service in an 8411 billet). A Marine who extends beyond the basic tour of duty will be eligible for the award upon completion of the extension period. Marines returning for subsequent tours will be eligible for subsequent awards upon completion of each tour. A recruiter who becomes a career recruiter will be eligible to receive the ribbon upon assignment of the MOS 8412.
- Extended Active Duty (EAD) Recruiters: EAD recruiters (MOS 8411) will be eligible to receive the ribbon upon completion of 36 months of consecutive service in an 8411 billet. Subsequent awards will be issued for each successful 36 month period.
- Career Recruiters: A new award period for career recruiters will begin on the date which they receive the 8412 MOS. They will be eligible to receive subsequent awards upon the completion of each 36 month period following that date.
- Command recruiters and Recruiter Aides are not eligible for this award.
- For purposes of determining eligibility for this ribbon, the following definitions will apply: Recruiting Duty - duty in an 8411 or 8412 billet as set forth in the table of organization. Duty performed at the Recruiting Station level in the billet of USMC RS CO, XO, OPSO, OSO, or SGTMAJ.
The Marine Corps Recruiting Ribbon is worn after the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon and before the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon.
This ribbon may not be worn on the Coast Guard uniform.
Second and subsequent awards are denoted by 3/16 inch bronze stars. A 3/16 inch silver star is worn in lieu of the sixth award.