decorations, you may have qualified for a specialty
insignia or be assigned to a special unit or duty.
The specialty insignia is awarded for a warfare
specialty or other specialties in which you may
have qualified. Identification badges represent the
present unit or job to which you are assigned. An
identification badge might identify a special
command or a function within a command. (For
example, if you are assigned to recruiting duty,
you would wear a recruiting command badge.
Another example could be a command career
counselor or command chief petty officer badge.)
A complete listing of badges and insignias, and
the guidelines for wearing them, may be found
in chapter 10 of the Uniform Regs. T h e
following special rules apply to the wearing of
badges and insignia:
You may not wear a breast insignia or a
badge awarded by another armed service
or nation unless authorized by the
Secretary of the Navy.
You may wear two warfare specialty
insignias. If more than two are earned, you
have the option to choose which two you
You may wear a maximum of two awards.
They can either be two warfare insignias,
or one warfare specialty insignia and one
other insignia, such as the Aircrewman,
Explosive Ordnance Disposal, or Under-
water insignia. (A badge may also be worn
in addition to the two insignias.)
Consult chapter 10 of Uniform Regs for the
proper wearing and positioning of badges and
Wearing of Awards
You should wear any decoration, medal,
badge, ribbon or attachment awarded to you in
the order of precedence and in the manner
described in U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations. You
should proudly display all awards presented to
You should be constantly aware of the
appearance of your awards. Are the awards
frayed? Do they present an unsightly appearance?
It is a good idea to have an extra set of ribbons
for inspections and routine replacement.
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RIBBONS. You wear one, two, or three
ribbons in a single row. When authorized more
than three ribbons, you wear them in horizontal
rows of three each. If not in multiples of three,
the uppermost row contains the lesser number.
Arrange the center of this row over the center of
the one below it. Wear your ribbons without inter-
vals between ribbons or rows of ribbons. Arrange
the lower edge of the bottom row centered 1/4
inch above the left breast pocket and parallel to
the floor. To prevent covering the ribbons by the
coat lapel, align them so that their border aligns
with the left side of the pocket. The upper rows
may also contain two ribbons each. Align these
two rows with the left border of the lower rows
to prevent covering them by the coat lapels also.
Arrange ribbons on the right breast with the lower
edge of the bottom row centered 1/4 inch above
the right breast pocket and parallel to the floor.
On uniforms with no right breast pocket, arrange
ribbons in the same relative position as if there
were a pocket.
You may sew ribbons to uniforms or arrange
them on bars to be attached to the uniform. Do
not impregnate ribbons with preservatives that
change their appearance or enclose them with a
transparent covering of any sort.
Arrange ribbons in order of precedence in
rows from top down and inboard to outboard
within rows. If you possess three or more ribbons,
wear the three senior ribbons; you may wear all
if desired. If you only wear one row of ribbons,
wear the three senior ribbons.
WEARING OF RIBBONS WITH MEDALS.
When large medals are prescribed, center awards
not having large medals on the right breast. Place
them in the same relative position as the holding
bar of the lowest row of medals. If awarded more
than one ribbon of this type, wear the senior
Ribbons with medals include the Presidential
Unit Citation, the Navy Unit Commendation, the
Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy E, the
Combat Action Ribbon, foreign unit awards, and
marksmanship ribbons. Arrange these ribbons
in order of precedence in rows from top down
and inboard to outboard within rows. If you
possess three or more ribbons, wear a minimum
of three; you may wear all if desired. If you wear
only one row of ribbons, wear the three senior
When miniature medals are prescribed, do
not wear ribbons for which no medals are