Marksmanship Medal

Marksmanship Medal
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 foxtrot must be obtained on an approved weapons qualification course. The standard weapons qualification course normally consists of several courses of fire from one-handed kneeling, double-handed standing, and (in the case of the M16), firing from a crouched position. A superior score, qualifying for the Marksmanship Medal, is typically 285 points out of a 300 point scale. This varies slightly depending on the awarding authority and the military command which is running a particular qualification course.

Those qualifying as an expert marksman are presented the Marksmanship Medal which is awarded as two separate decorations for both 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, but when worn on a duty uniform the award is displayed as the standard Marksmanship Ribbon with Expert Device. Those qualifying for the sharpshooter version are wearing a bronze device in shape of an "S" on their ribbon.

In the U.S. Navy, the Marksmanship Medal is considered a successor decoration to the Distinguished Marksmanship Ribbon. Both the Coast Guard and Navy Marksmanship Medals were first issued in 1969.

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
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

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