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 Department of the Navy
Country United States
TypeRibbon only commendation
EligibilityOfficers of the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve
Awarded for4 cumulative years in command of a battalion, squadron, or separate division between 1 January 1930 and 7 December 1941.
StatusNo longer awarded
Established16 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 longer 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 World War II.

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