eligibility for the Good Conduct Medal begins on 1 July
1993. Provided the member meets all other eligibility
criteria for issuance of the award, this individual will
receive the first Good Conduct Medal on 30 June 1997.
You can determine the 4 years of good conduct by
subtracting 93 July 01 (930701) from 97 June 30
(970630). You should come out with 3 years, 11
months, and 29 days. You would then include 1 (day)
as the inclusive date to the number 29 (days), which will
make the number 29 + 1 = 30. So, now you have 3 years,
11 months, and 30 days, which equals 4 years. Try this
computation and see if you can come out with the correct
CERTIFICATE AND SERVICE RECORD
A NAVPERS 1650/1 certificate is shown in figure
5-34. This certificate must be prepared for each award
earned by a member. As a PN, you may be tasked with
typing the appropriate information on these certificates.
The members rate, name, branch of service, and the
number of the award must be centered in the appropriate
spaces. The ending date of the period of service for
which the award was earned must be centered after
Awarded for service completed on. The COs name,
rank, and branch of service must be typed above
Commanding Officer, and his or her signature affixed.
A service record entry is also required in the Awards
section of the page 4.
You should also record the
issuance of a Good Conduct Medal in the Special
Achievements section of the enlisted performance
A bronze star, 3/16 inch in diameter, is worn on the
suspension ribbon and bar to denote subsequent awards.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
CONCERNING GOOD CONDUCT MEDALS
For personnel who served in a first enlistment of 4
years on a minority enlistment and who met the
eligibility requirements except for length of service, the
Good Conduct Medal was presented 3 months before
the eligibility date. In the event that the member failed
to fulfill the requirements during the remaining 3
months of the eligibility period, the CO had the option
to revoke the award.
A member who fails to meet eligibility requirements
for the Good Conduct Medal who reenlists or reports for
active duty within 3 months after his or her discharge or
release to inactive duty is considered to be serving under
continuous active service conditions. While the time
between the date of separation and date of return to
active duty is not counted as an interruption of active
service, it may not be included in computing time
served. A member who reenlists or reports for active
duty after 3 months must begin a new 4-year period on
the date of reenlistment or reporting for active duty.
An enlisted member appointed a temporary
commissioned officer is entitled to include such
temporary service on reverting to an enlisted status for
any purpose (including for discharge to accept
appointment as a permanent officer). Naval Academy
midshipmen who are not commissioned, but are
retained in the service in an enlisted status, may include
such midshipman service for the purpose of earning the
Good Conduct Medal.
Active service in a Reserve status credited toward
the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal may not
be credited for the Good Conduct Medal.
When the requirements have been met, but it is
evident that the individual is not deserving of this award
due to a repeated record of valid letters of indebtedness,
or other acts that are not in keeping with the high moral
standards required of all Navy personnel, the CO must
make appropriate recommendations to the Chief of
Naval Operations (OP-09B33) stating the reason.
If there is insufficient evidence in a members
service record to determine eligibility for the Good
Conduct Medal or subsequent award, a copy of the page
9 should be requested from CHNAVPERS in order to
complete the service record and determine the
members eligibility for the award.
You have just read about the importance of making
sure enlisted service records are maintained properly,
completely, and accurately. In this chapter, you read
about the general form of the service record, the contents
of the basic enlisted service record, and which
documents are filed on the left and right sides. You read
about how each members service record is different and
how some records will require more documents than
You read about some of the areas of service record
maintenance in which you will be involved, including