Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon

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Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon
Marine Security Guard Ribbon.svg
The U.S. Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon[1]
Awarded by the United States Marine Corps
Type Ribbon
Eligibility Thirty-six months of service as a Marine security guard at a U.S. embassy or consulate in a foreign country
Status Current
Established 15 July 1997; 19 years ago (1997-07-15)
First awarded 1997 (retroactive to 28 January 1949)
Next (higher) Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon
Next (lower) Marine Corps Combat Instructor Ribbon[2]

The Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon is a United States Marine Corps military award that was established by order of Secretary of the Navy John Howard Dalton on 15 July 1997. The award recognizes those Marine Corps personnel who have served as U.S. Embassy Security Guards and is retroactive to 28 January 1949.


To be awarded the Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon, a service member must hold the Marine Corps military occupational specialty (MOS) 8156 (previously 8151) Marine Corps Security Guard and must have served twenty-four months of service at an American embassy or consulate. The award is only awarded to Marine Security Guards for their service at American Embassies or Consulates in a foreign country.

Additional awards of the Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon are denoted by service stars except for those awards which are retroactively presented, in which case the Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon is a one time only decoration.


  1. ^ Defense Logistics Agency (27 January 2016). "Detail Specification Sheet: Ribbon, Marine Security Guard, U.S. Marine Corps". MIL-DTL-11589. Virginia: Defense Logistics Agency. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Headquarters Marine Corps (8 September 2014). "MARINE CORPS COMBAT INSTRUCTOR RIBBON ESTABLISHED". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

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