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Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon

Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon
Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon
Awarded by United States Marine Corps
Type Ribbon
Eligibility Thirty-six months of service as a Marine Corps Security Guard at an American embassy or consulate in a foreign country
Status Current
First awarded July 15, 1997 (retroactive to January 28, 1949)
Next (higher) Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon
Next (lower) Marine Corps Combat Instructor Ribbon[1]

The Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon is a Marine Corps military award that was established by order of Secretary of the Navy John Howard Dalton on July 15, 1997. The award recognizes those Marine Corps personnel who have served as U.S. Embassy Security Guards and is retroactive to January 28, 1949.

To be awarded the Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon, a service member must hold the Marine Corps military occupational specialty (MOS) 8156 (previously 8151) Marine Corps Security Guard and must have served thirty-six months of service at an American embassy or consulate. The award is only awarded to Marine Security Guards for their service at American Embassies or Consulates in a foreign country.

Additional awards of the Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon are denoted by service stars except for those awards which are retroactively presented, in which case the Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon is a one time only decoration.


  1. ^ Headquarters Marine Corp (8 September 2014). "MARINE CORPS COMBAT INSTRUCTOR RIBBON ESTABLISHED". Retrieved 10 September 2014. 

External links

  • Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon criteria
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