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   Army Sea Duty Ribbon
Service: Army
Instituted: 17 April 2006
Authorized: AR 600-8-22
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Army Sea Duty Ribbon
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  1. Description. The ASDR consists of the basic ribbon with bronze service star appurtenances which signify the completion of respective periods of qualifying sea duty.
  2. Requirements for award.
  • (1) For active duty members. Active duty members must complete two years of cumulative sea duty on a Class A or B USAV or for duty aboard other qualifying vessels when such vessels meet the requirements of AR 600–88, paragraph 1–7, to be awarded the ASDR. Subsequent awards are authorized upon completion of additional two years of cumulative sea duty as outlined above.
  • (2) For Army National Guard and United States Army Reserve members. Members of the ARNG and USAR must have two creditable years in a US Army watercraft unit, which must include a minimum of 25 days underway during each year and two annual training exercises underway on a Class A or B USAV or a 90-day deployment aboard a USAV, underway. Subsequent awards are authorized upon completion of additional qualifying periods of sea duty as outlined above.
  • (3) For mobilized Soldiers. One year of sea duty as a mobilized solider will be credited toward one creditable year as long as the minimum underway requirement is met.
  • (4) For members of other Services. Members of other services are authorized to be awarded the ASDR as outlined in paragraphs (1) and (2), above, consistent with their respective Service policies and concurrence, in accordance with paragraph 1–37.
  1. Posthumous award. For first award only, an individual may be posthumously awarded the ASDR prior to completion of service criteria as defined above, provided the member’s death is ruled as in the line of duty.
  2. Award approval authority. The Chief, Marine Qualification Division, is the approval authority for award of the ASDR to eligible Service members. Eligible members or their next of kin may submit requests for the ASDR to the Chief, Marine Qualification Division, Attention: Career Pay Office, HRC, Building 705, Room 231, 705 Read Street, Fort Eustis, VA 23604–5407. 
  3. Retroactive Award. The ASDR may be awarded retroactively to those personnel who were credited with service as defined in paragraphs c above after 1 August 1952, the activation date of the first heavy boat company in the Transportation Corps. Eligible members or their next of kin may submit requests for the ASDR to the Chief, Marine Qualification Division, Attention: Career Pay Office, HRC, Building 705, Room 231, 705 Read Street, Fort Eustis, VA 23604–5407. Requests should include the individual’s full name, social security number or serial number, dates of service, DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (if applicable), and information concerning the individual’s qualifying sea service duty.

  1. On 17 April 2006, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) approved the establishment of the ASDR. It is awarded to members of the Active Army, Army National Guard (ARNG), and United States Army Reserve (USAR) for completion of designated periods of sea duty abroad Class A and Class B United States Army Vessels (USAV) as defined in AR 56-9, Table 1-1. The ADSR is also authorized to be awarded for duty aboard qualifying vessels when the vessels meet the requirements of AR 600-88, paragraph 1-7.
  2. Permanent orders will not be issued to announce award of the ASDR.
  3. In order of precedence the ASDR will be worn after the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.