Establishing Authority

The Recruit Training Service Ribbon was established on March 17, 1998, by Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton, and announced in EXECMEMO/SECNAV/980722/NDEDM/ and SECNAVINST 1650.1F.

Effective Dates

This ribbon takes effect retroactively to October 1, 1995.


The Navy Recruit Training Service Ribbon may be awarded to enlisted personnel who have served as Recurit Divison Commanders under the specifications listed below:

Enlisted personnel of the Navy assigned to Recruit Training Command, Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, upon completion of a successful tour.

-- Personnel assigned in a support capacity (company assistants, echelon supervisors, liaison officers, instructors, or other personnel attached to the Recruit Training Command) are not eligible for this ribbon.

-- A successful tour is defined as one in which the Recruit Division Commander must have completed at least five divisions trained over a minimum tour length of three years.

-- Personal standards require that the tour must be completed without disciplinary incidents throughout the tour.

-- For purposes of eligibility for this ribbon, completion of the initial tour may not occur prior to October 1, 1995.

Order of Precedence

The Navy Recruit Training Service Ribbon is worn after the Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon and before the Armed Forces Reserve medal.


Second and subsequent awards are denoted by 3/16 inch bronze stars.