Authorization: SECNAVINST 1650.35 of 26 January 1981.
(1) General. Awarded to officer and enlisted personnel
of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Each service has
distinct criteria that delineates eligibility; Navy personnel
assigned to Marine Corps units follow Marine Corps policy, and
(a) For Navy and Marine Corps personnel assigned to
U.S. (including Hawaii and Alaska) homeported ships/deploying
units or Fleet Marine Force (FMF) commands, 12-months accumulated
sea duty or duty with FMF which includes at least one 90-
consecutive day deployment. A standard 14-day waiver of the 12-
month accumulated sea duty/duty with FMF is authorized as long
as the 90-consecutive day deployment requirement is met. The
12-month accumulated sea duty requirement is waived for those
Navy and Marine personnel who were called to sea duty or
deployed for Operations DESERT SHIELD or DESERT STORM (during
the period 2 Aug 90 - 31 Dec 91) to qualify for this initial
award. This waiver does not affect second and subsequent awards
of this ribbon. Second and subsequent awards will be earned for
each additional 12-months of qualifying service in which a 90-
consecutive day deployment occurs.
(b) For Navy and Marine Corps personnel assigned to
overseas homeported ships/deploying units or FMF commands,
SECNAVINST 1650.1G 12-months accumulated sea duty or duty with the FMF. For those
in this category, the 90-day deployment is not required. Second
and subsequent awards will be earned for each additional 12-
month period of qualifying service. In addition, for Navy units
only, the SSDR does not conflict with the Overseas Service
Ribbon after 01 October 1999.
(c) Changes to deployment patterns to meet
operational commitments within fiscal constraints have resulted
in the reduction of some service force ships deployment lengths
to less than 90 days with an increase in the frequency of
deployments. Consequently and effective 18 October 1991, the
awarding of the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon to members of
units that complete two deployments of at least 80 days each
within a given 12-month period is authorized. This change is not
(d) The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon will be
awarded retroactive to 15 August 1974. Only one award may be
earned for the period 15 August 1974 to 1 January 1979
regardless of the number of years of sea duty or number of
(e) No subsequent changes to the SSDR requirements
are retroactive to meet individual eligibility.
(1) Sea Duty. Duty performed in commissioned vessels or
units which operate away from their homeport/homebase for extended
(2) Deployable Units. A ship (USN, USNS), aircraft
squadron, detachment, battalion or other unit which operates
away from its assigned homeport/homebase for a period of at
least 90 consecutive days.
(3) Deployment. Either a period of at least 90 consecutive
days with a deployed unit or two deployments of at least 80
days each with a given 12-month period. No waivers of this
requirement will be made.
Examples of Qualifying and Disqualifying Service:
(1) A person who serves in TAD status with a U.S.
SECNAVINST 1650.1G homeported ship/deploying unit or FMF commands may qualify upon
accumulation of 12-months sea duty or duty with FMF commands.
Such duty must include at least one 90-consecutive day deployment.
(2) A person who serves in TAD status with an overseas
homeported ship/deploying unit or FMF command may qualify upon
accumulation of 12-months duty with such ships or units.
(3) A person who first reported to a ship homeported in
Norfolk on 1 July 1978, completed a deployment on 1 December
1978 will establish eligibility on 1 July 1979.
(4) A person who served on a ship or deploying unit
homeported overseas from 1 January 1975 to 1 January 1979 will
only be eligible for one award.
(5) A person who served on a ship or deployed unit
homeported overseas from 30 June 1977 to 30 June 1980 will be
eligible for two awards, i.e., the initial award for the period
ending 1 January 1979 and a second award for service ending
1 January 1980.
(6) A person who is attached to a U.S. homebased Marine
unit which goes on one rotational deployment for 6 months and
remains with that unit for 2 years will rate only one award
because of the single deployment.
(7) A person who is transferred to the 3RD Marine
Division, completes first 1-year tour and extends for 12 months
will be eligible for two awards -- one for the first tour and
one for the 12-month extension.
(8) A person who is attached to a U.S. homeported ship
for 1 year subsequent to 1 January 1979 but does not deploy for
90 consecutive days is not eligible. The same person is then
given Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to another U.S.
homeported ship and immediately goes on a deployment. This
person will be eligible upon the completion of the 90-day
(9) A person having served 12 months on a ship homeported
in Newport, Rhode Island during which time the ship deployed for
30 days and immediately proceeded to Portsmouth, Virginia for an
SECNAVINST 1650.1G overhaul of 185 days duration and then returns to Newport does
(10) A person assigned on PCS orders to the Naval Air
Station, Guam serving on shore duty that counts as sea duty will
not be eligible for the ribbon regardless of the length of time
assigned. The Overseas Service Ribbon is applicable.
(11) A person who is assigned to Marine Corps Base (MCB),
Camp Lejeune, goes TAD to Marine Division for 5 months,
completes a 90-consecutive day deployment and returns to MCB
Camp Lejeune upon completion of the deployment will not be
eligible because 1 year was not spent with a FMF unit. Upon
completion of an additional 7 months FMF duty, the person will
qualify for the award.
(12) A person who is assigned to 2ND Marine Division for a
3-year tour of duty but never completes a 90-consecutive day
deployment will not be eligible.
(13) A Marine who is assigned to a Marine Detachment
aboard a U.S. homeported ship which does not make a 90-consecutive
day deployment will not be eligible.
(14) A person who is assigned to MCB Camp Butler, Okinawa
will not be eligible since it is not an FMF unit.
(15) A Marine who is attached to a Marine Detachment
aboard a ship homeported overseas will be eligible upon completion
of 12-months sea duty.
(16) A person assigned to a 36-months accompanied tour
overseas with the FMF will be eligible for three awards.
(17) A Marine whose 12 months overseas FMF tour is terminated
early but who receives full credit for his/her tour in
under Marine Corps Order P1070.12H (NOTAL) is eligible for the
(18) A person assigned to a ship that has made two deployments of 80 days or more with any 12-month period after 18 October 1991 is eligible for the award.
Commanding officers determine eligibility
from service records, affidavits or upon completion of SECNAVINST 1650.1G eligibility requirements at current command and make appropriate
service record entries for enlisted personnel and issue letters
of eligibility for officer personnel. No citation or
certificate will be issued.