Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon

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Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon
Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon.svg
Ribbon bar of the Reserve Special Commendation
Awarded by the Navy Department
Country  United States
Type Ribbon only commendation
Eligibility Officers of the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve
Awarded for 4 cumulative years in command of a battalion, squadron, or separate division between 1 January 1930 and 7 December 1941.
Status No longer awarded
Established 16 April 1946
Next (higher) Lifesaving Medals
Next (lower) Navy Good Conduct Medal

The Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon was an award of the United States Navy which was authorized for issuance between the years of 1930 and 1941. The ribbon was established by order of Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal in 1946.

The Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon was issued to any officer of the Naval Reserve who had commanded a Naval Reserve Battalion for a period exceeding four years. To be eligible for the Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon, an officer must also have served greater than ten years in the Naval Reserve as a whole.

The decoration was issued as a one time only award and there were no devices authorized for additional awards of the Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon. The Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon end date was established on December 7, 1941 in light of the massive expansion and call-up of reserves for duty in the World War II.

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