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   Achievement Medal - Navy and Marine Corps
Service: Navy Marine Corps
Instituted: 1961
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Achievement Medal - Navy and Marine Corps
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  1. Authorized by the Secretary of the Navy, May 1, 1961 -- the award was originally known as the “Secretary of the Navy Commendation for Achievement.” Redesignated the “Navy Achievement Medal” by the Secretary of the Navy July 17, 1967; on August 19, 1994, the award was again redesignated the “Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.”
  2. Awarded to members of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps in the rank of O-4 and below, for service performed on or after May 1, 1961, The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal shall be awarded for professional and/or leadership achievement in a combat or noncombat situation based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature.
  3. The Navy and Marine Corps authorized the letter “V” during Vietnam and subsequent to August 2, 1990.

  1. The Navy Achievement Medal may also be awarded to members of the armed forces of a friendly foreign nation consistent with the eligibility requirements specified in chapter 6. Professional achievement which merits the award must:
  • Clearly exceed that which is normally required or expected, considering the individual's grade or rate, training, and experience; and
  • Be an important contribution of benefit to the United States and the naval service.