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Marksmanship Medal
Navy and Coast Guard Marksmanship Medals
Awarded by United States Navy
Type Ribbon
Status Current

USN Expert Rifle Ribbon.png USCG Expert Rifle Ribbon.png

USN Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.png USCG Expert Pistol Ribbon.png
ribbons: Navy (left), Coast Guard (right); rifle (above), pistol (below)

Midshipmen aboard the USS Nassau train with M16s

The Marksmanship Medal is a decoration of the United States Navy and the Coast Guard and is the highest award one may receive for weapons qualification. The Marksmanship Medal is the equivalent of the Expert Marksmanship Badge in the United States Army and Marine Corps.

The Marksmanship Medal is awarded for qualifying as an expert marksman on either the 9 mm M9 pistol (Navy), .40 S&W SIG P229 DAK (Coast Guard), or M16 rifle. To qualify at the expert level, a superior score must be obtained on an approved weapons qualification course. The standard weapons qualification course for pistol normally consists of several courses of fire from strong-side supported (standing), weak-side supported (standing), strong-side supported (kneeling). For the rifle, qualification course consists of firing from a position sitting on your back foot and from a prone position.[1][citation needed]

Those qualifying as an expert marksman are authorized to wear the Marksmanship Medal, awarded as two separate decorations for rifle or pistol qualifications. Those having qualified on both pistol and rifle may receive both medals for simultaneous wear. The Marksmanship Medal is worn as a full-sized medal on a dress uniform. On a duty uniform all successful qualifiers may wear the award as the standard Marksmanship Ribbon. Those qualifying as an expert are authorized to affix the Expert Device and those qualifying as a sharpshooter are authorized a bronze device in shape of an "S" on their ribbon.[1][2][3] The Navy Marksmanship Medals were first issued in 1969.[4]

Qualification Scores

M9 Service Pistol Qualification M16 Rifle or M4 Carbine
180-203 Marksman 140-159
204-227 Sharpshooter 160-169
228-240 Expert 170-200
Coast Guard[citation needed]
M9 or P229R DAK Qualification M16A2, M4 or M14-T Rifle
114-128 Marksman 140-166
129-143 Sharpshooter 167-174
144-150 Expert 175-200

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 OPNAVINST 3591.1F, Small Arms Training and Qualification, Department of the Navy, dated 12 August 2009, last accessed 18 February 2013
  2. U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations: Chapter 5, Section 3 Identification Badges/Awards/Insignia, Navy Personnel Command, updated 27 July 2011, last accessed 4 October 2011
  3. U.S. Coast Guard Uniform Regulations COMDTINST M1020.6G, Commandant United States Coast Guard, dated March 2012, last accessed 4 June 2012
  4. Navy Rifle Marksmanship Medal, by Military Medals, last accessed 18 February 2013

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