The third part of the citation states that the
outstanding attributes, mentioned or implied,
reflected great credit upon him/herself and
were in keeping with the highest traditions of
the United States Naval Service.
SUBMISSION OF RECOMMENDATIONS
Two months should be allowed for the
p r o c e s s i n g o f
recommendations. Allow 90 days if
award is submitted through a lengthy chain of
command or during the summer months (late
May through August).
Classified recommendations may be
submitted; however, the highest classification
which may be handled is SECRET. If
information classified higher than SECRET is
essential, submit it separately.
Recommendations may be sent by message
or fax only in the most unusual circumstances;
such as when the importance of a timely
presentation justifies special handling.
Address recommendations directly to the
awarding authority having jurisdiction over
the individual at the time of the act or service.
A list of awarding authorities is provided in
the Awards Manual.
Awarding authorities may take one of the
l Approve the award.
Approve a lower award.
l Disapprove the award.
l Approve a higher award, if empowered
to do so, or recommend a higher award to the
LETTERS OF APPRECIATION
Letters of appreciation (LOA) and letters
of commendation (LOC) are intended to
These kinds of letters are
difficult to write.
In most cases they are
tailored to the recipient and cannot be reused.
These letters are normally given at the
command level, but can be issued by the next
higher echelon in the commands chain of
In an LOA, begin by expressing thanks to
In an LOC, begin by
commending the individual for his or her
support or accomplishments. Next, in both
types of letters, summarize the type of support
or accomplishments that the individual is
being recognized for. Then end by thanking
or praising the individual once again. A
penned postscript on the letter gives it a
This chapter has dealt with the most
common awards issued to personnel.
Awards Manual lists all other awards that may
be issued, and detailed processing procedures.
You will become very familiar with this
manual as you gain experience, remember,
when in doubt, go to the manual.
clarification or justification.