The Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal was originally established as the Coast Guard Reserve Meritorious Service Ribbon by Admiral Edwin J. Roland, Commandant of the Coast Guard, on February 1, 1963. It was redesignated as a medal under its current name by Admiral John B. Haynes, Commandant of the Coast Guard, on September 3, 1981.
The Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal has been awarded for qualifying service from February 1, 1963 to the present.
The Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal is awarded on a selective basis to Coast Guard enlisted Reservists on inactive duty who fulfill with distinction the obligations of inactive Reservists, such as excellent attendance at drills, proficiency in rate, and development of leadership qualities for a three-year period.
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
The Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal is worn after the Good Conduct Medal.
Additional awards of the Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal are denoted by bronze stars.
The Coast Guard Reserve Good Conduct Medal was designed by the Institute of Heraldry Staff.
DESCRIPTION AND SYMBOLISM
In the center of a bronze medallion one and three eighths inches in diameter, the Coast Guard seal is depicted. Surrounding the seal, in raised letters (between a raised double border), are the words UNITED STATES COAST GUARD RESERVE. The Coast Guard seal and inscription denotes the service awarding the medal.
In the center of a bronze medallion one and three eighths inches in diameter, the raised words GOOD CONDUCT are shown in two lines.
The ribbon is based on the ribbon to the Navy's Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal. The central white stripe bordered in blue were added to distinguish the two ribbons from one another.