UNITED STATES NAVY

This medal was instituted in 1961 to award 'Meritorious service or achievement in a combat or non combat situation based on sustained performance of a superlative nature.'

When awarded in combat situations, a 'V' clasp is authorized on the ribbon drape.  Additional awards of the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal are displayed by gold stars affixed to the ribbon.  A silver star replaces 5 gold stars.