Establishment of the Navy Ceremonial Guard Ribbon was approved by Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England on December 12, 2003.
The Navy Ceremonial Guard ribbon is effective retroactively to May 1, 2001, the date of the formal establishment of the Navy Ceremonial Guard. The Commanding Officer, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, is designated as the awarding authority for this ribbon.
This ribbon is awarded to militatry personnel assigned to the Ceremonial Guard, Washington, D.C., on May 1, 2001 or later and who have completed a successful tour of at least two years or who who have completed a minimum of eighteen months (consecutive or non-consecutive) in a drilling status.
The Ceremonial Service Ribbon will be worn after the Navy Recruit Training Service Ribbon and before the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
Second and subsequent awards will be denoted by three-inch bronze stars. Only one award per tour will be authorized, regardless of the length of the tour. No citation or certificate will be issued.