Established in 1962, the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal honors Navy Reservists who carry out three (from 1997 onward) or four (prior to 1997) years of honorable service, including a minimum attendance rate of 85 percent at all scheduled drills. The award was replaced by the Navy Good Conduct Medal in 2014. Commissioned officers do not qualify for the award.
The medal is bronze and features an anchor draped with a scroll that reads “MERITORIOUS SERVICE.” An inscription encircling the anchor reads “UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVE.” The ribbon is red and is bisected by a vertical blue stripe; it features black edging.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by service stars.