Established in November of 1943, the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal honors Navy and Marine Corps personnel who who have demonstrated outstanding performance and notable behavior over a period of time. It is typically awarded to senior personnel, although it may also be awarded to junior personnel for commendable service in combat. Originally a Navy-specific award, it was extended to the Marine Corps in 1994 when it took on its current name.
The Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal is generally granted less frequently than the Army or Air Force versions of the award.
The medal is hexagonal and features an eagle grasping three arrows. The ribbons is green with a thin vertical white stripe toward each edge.
Additional awards may be indicated with service stars or the Combat “V.”