Navy Marine Commendation Medal Criteria
The Navy and Marine Corps
Commendation Medal may be awarded to service members who, while serving in
any capacity with the Navy or Marine Corps, distinguish themselves by
heroism, outstanding achievement or meritorious service (but not of
sufficient nature to warrant a higher decoration).
Acts of Heroism
To be awarded for heroism, the act must be worthy of special recognition
but not the degree required for the Bronze Star Medal when combat is
involved or the Navy and Marine Corps Medal when combat is not involved.
To be awarded for meritorious achievement, the act or acts must be
outstanding and worthy of special recognition, but not to the degree
required for the Bronze Star Medal or Air Medal when combat is involved or
the Meritorious Service Medal or Air Medal when combat is not involved.
The achievement should be such as to constitute a definite contribution to
the naval service, such as an invention or improvement in design,
procedure or organization.
To be awarded for meritorious service, the service must be outstanding and
worthy of special recognition, but not to the degree required for the
Bronze Star Medal or Air Medal when combat is involved or the Meritorious
Service Medal or Air Medal when combat is not involved. the award may
cover an extended period of time during which a higher award may have been
recommended or received for specific act(s). The criteria, however, should
not be the period of service involved, but rather the circumstances and
conditions under which the service was performed. The performance should
be well above that usually expected of an individual commensurate with the
individual's grade or rate, and above that degree of excellence which can
be appropriately reflected in the individual's fitness report or personnel