s y m b o l s of
recognition and a means of publicly
meritorious, or conspicuously outstanding acts
of heroism and other acts of service that are
above and beyond that normally expected.
In this chapter we discuss how award
recommendations are prepared using the
information contained in the Navy and Marine
Awards Manual, S E C N A V I N ST
Awards are intended to recognize truly
exceptional performance and valor. The value
of an award is that it is given in cases only
where it is clearly deserved.
Awards recognizing specific acts should be
given as soon as possible after the act
occurred. Recognition of sustained superior
performance should normally be given at the
termination of the period during which that
person demonstrated that performance, such as
at the end of the persons assigned tour of
duty. A routine end of tour award IS NOT a
part of the awards system.
Personnel eligible to receive awards
include personnel in the naval service, the
U.S. Marine Corps, reserve components, and
the U.S. Coast Guard (when the Coast Guard
or units thereof operate under the control of
Also eligible are U.S. Naval
Academy midshipman and Naval Reserve
Officer Training Corp (NROTC) midshipmen
when serving on active duty.
Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria
for an award may be recommended for it by
any commissioned officer senior to the
individual being recommended.
AUTHORITY TO APPROVE THE
NAVY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL
The Secretary of the Navy has delegated
the authority to
t h e N a vy
Achievement Medal (NAM) to commanders
or commanding officers eligible to wear the
Command at Sea or Command Ashore device,
also known as a command NAM.
Under this policy, the NAM may only be
awarded to junior officers (LCDR or below)
and enlisted personnel, and must be for
special achievement and NOT for a persons
A quota system has been established for
issuing command NAMs based on the number
of billets authorized in the commands
Authorization Document of
The quotas are computed
separately for officers and enlisted personnel.
Commands with 100 or less billets are
authorized four NAMs per fiscal year.
Commands with between 101 and 650 billets
are authorized two NAMs per each 50 billets
or fraction thereof. Commands with greater
than 650 billets are authorized two NAMs per
75 billets for any fraction over 650.
RECOMMENDATION FOR AWARDS
As previously stated, a recommendation
for an award may be submitted by any
commissioned officer, senior to the individual
being recommended, having knowledge of any
achievement, or service which may
warrant the award.
originated by other than the commanding