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Awards

Awards are bestowed on Naval Special Warfare Development Group Operators in order to reward them for services rendered in support of NSWDG Operations, awards can cover both meritorious and combat service.

Awards will be listed below by precedence from highest to lowest in the following format:
Name of Award
Depiction of Award
Awarding Criteria

Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is awarded for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of NSWDG; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which NSWDG is not a belligerent party.

Navy Cross

The Navy Cross is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with NSWDG, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor; while engaged in an action against an enemy of NSWDG; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which NSWDG is not a belligerent party.

Navy Distinguished Service Medal

The Navy Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with NSWDG, has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious service to the unit in a duty of great responsibility. The performance must be such as to merit recognition for service which is clearly exceptional.

Silver Star

The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of NSWDG not justifying one of the two higher awards – the Distinguished Service Cross or the Medal of Honor.

Legion of Merit

The Legion of Merit is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.

Distinguished Flying Cross

The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to any officer or enlisted member who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.

Navy and Marine Corps Medal

The Navy and Marine Corps Medal is awarded to any person of NSWDG who, while serving in an official capacity, distinguished himself or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.

Bronze Star

The Bronze Star is awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement or service while engaged in action against an enemy of NSWDG not justifying of the Silver Star, Distinguished Service Cross, or Medal of Honor.

Purple Heart

The Purple Heart is awarded for being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of NSWDG or as a result of an act of any such enemy or opposing armed forces; specifically having worse than a 1:2 K/D ratio.

Meritorious Service Medal

The Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to members who have distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service to NSWDG.

Air Medal

The Air Medal is awarded for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.

Navy Commendation Medal

The Navy Commendation Medal is a mid-level decoration which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service.

Navy Achievement Medal

The Navy Achievement Medal is awarded for meritorious service or achievement in either combat or noncombat based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature but which does not warrant a Commendation Medal or higher

Navy Combat Action Ribbon

The Combat Action Ribbon is awarded to those who have actively participated in ground or surface combat.

Presidential Unit Citation

The Presidential Unit Citation is awarded to members of NSWDG for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. The unit must display such gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign.

Navy Unit Commendation

The Navy Unit Commendation is awarded by the Navy Secretary to any ship, aircraft, detachment, or other unit of the United States Navy or Marine Corps which has distinguished itself in action against the enemy with outstanding heroism but not sufficient to justify award of the Presidential Unit Citation. To justify this award, the unit must have performed service of a character comparable to that which would merit the award of a Silver Star Medal, or achievement of like caliber in a non-combat situation, to an individual.

Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

Meritorious Unit Commendation is awarded to units must have performed service of a character comparable to that which would merit the award of a Bronze Star Medal, or achievement of like caliber in a non-combat situation, to an individual.

Navy “E” Ribbon

The Navy “E” Ribbon is awarded to members of ships, squadrons or units who have won a Battle Efficiency competition.

Good Conduct Medal

The Good Conduct Medal is awarded to all members of NSWDG who completes three consecutive months of honorable and faithful service. Such service implies that time frame was completed without any non-judicial punishments, disciplinary infractions, or court martial offenses.

Navy Expeditionary Medal

The Navy Expeditionary Medal is awarded to officers and enlisted men of NSWDG who shall have actually landed on foreign territory and engaged in operations against armed opposition, or operated under circumstances which, after full consideration, shall be deemed to merit special recognition and for which service no campaign medal has been awarded.

National Defense Service Medal

The National Defense Service Medal is awarded to members during qualifying periods of national emergency.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded for participation in any military campaign of the United States for which no other service medal is authorized.

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

The Afghanistan Campaign Medal is awarded to any member of NSWDG who has performed duty within the borders of Afghanistan.

Iraq Campaign Medal

The Afghanistan Campaign Medal is awarded to any member of NSWDG who has performed duty within the borders of Iraq.

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal is awarded to any member of NSWDG who while in a deployed status participated in designated anti-terrorism operations.

Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal is awarded to any member of NSWDG who participate in supporting designated anti-terrorism operations.

Armed Forces Service Medal

The Armed Forces Service Medal is awarded to those members who engage in "significant activity" for which no other campaign or service medal is authorized.

Humanitarian Service Medal

The Humanitarian Service Medal is awarded to members of NSWDG who have distinguished themselves by meritorious direct participation in significant acts that have rendered a service to NSWDG.

Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

The Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal is awarded for substantial volunteer service to the NSWDG community.

Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

The Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon recognizes those members who have performed military duty while stationed on a vessel at sea.

Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon

The Navy & Marine Corps Oversea Service Ribbon recognizes those members who have performed military tours of duty outside the borders of the United States of America.

Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon

The Recruiting Service Ribbon recognizes those military members who have completed a successful tour as a military recruiter.

Navy Recruit Training Service Ribbon

The Recruit Training Service Ribbon recognizes those members who are trained and qualified as military instructors to new recruits during initial basic training.

Navy Rifle Marksmanship Ribbon

The Navy issues the rifle marksmanship ribbon in three levels — that of Marksman, Sharpshooter, and Expert. The basic ribbon is awarded for the Marksman level while the specific Marksmanship Device is awarded for qualification as a Sharpshooter or Expert. Those receiving an Expert qualification receive the Marksmanship Medal, in addition to the Marksmanship Ribbon.

Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon

The Navy issues the pistol marksmanship ribbon in three levels — that of Marksman, Sharpshooter, and Expert. The basic ribbon is awarded for the Marksman level while the specific Marksmanship Device is awarded for qualification as a Sharpshooter or Expert. Those receiving an Expert qualification receive the Marksmanship Medal, in addition to the Marksmanship Ribbon.




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