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This ribbon may be awarded to members of the Active Army, Army National Guard, and the United States Army Reserve for completion of designated periods of sea duty aboard Class A and Class B United States Army vessels (as defined in Army Regulation 56-9, Table 1-1). The ribbon is also authorized to be awarded for duty aboard other qualifying vessels when they meet the requirements of Army Regulation 600-88, paragraph 1-7 for the following:
Two years of cumulative sea duty on a Class A or Class B United States Army vessel, or for duty aboard other qualifying vessels when they meet the requirements of Army Regulation 600-88, paragraph 1-7. Subsequent awards are authorized upon completion of an additional two years of cumulative sea duty;
Two creditable years in a United States Army watercraft unit, which must inlcude a minimum of twenty-five days underway during each year and two annual training exercises underway on a Class A or Class B United States Army vessel, underway. Subsequent awards are authorized upon completion of additional qualifying periods of duty.
One year of sea duty as a mobilized soldier will be credited toward one creditable year, as long as the minimum underway requirement is met.
Members of other Services who meet the established criteria are authorized to be awarded the Army Sea Duty Ribbon, consistent with their respective Service policies and concurrence in accordance with Army Regulation 600-8-22, paragraph 1-36.
For the first award only, an individual may be posthumously awarded the Army Sea Duty Ribbon prior to completion of the service requirements, provided the member’s death is ruled as having taken place in the line of duty
The Army Sea Duty Ribbon was approved by the Principal Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserves) on April 17, 2006, and announced in a Headquarters, Department of the Army Policy Letter signed by Army Chief of Staff General Peter J. Schoomaker. The Army Sea Duty Ribbon has effect from August 1, 1952, which was the activation date of the first heavy boat company in the Transportation CorpsHistory & Symbology
The Army Sea Duty Ribbon is similar to the Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. It has two red and one yellow stripe in the center to differentiate it from the Navy Sea Service Ribbon.