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Former U.S. Navy Distinguished Marksmanship Ribbons

The Distinguished Marksmanship Ribbon was a military decoration of the United States Navy which was established in 1942. Originally known as the Distinguished Marksman and Pistol Shot Ribbon, the decoration recognized those who had been presented a Distinguished Marksman Badge through exceptional scoring at a professional military shooting competition. The Distinguished Marksman and Pistol Shot Ribbon was issued for receipt of either a Pistol or Rifle Distinguished Marksman Badge.[1]

In 1952, the Secretary of the Navy ordered that the Distinguished Marksman and Pistol Shot Ribbon be divided into two new decorations, one for rifle distinguished marksmanship and the other for distinguished marksmanship with a pistol. The new awards were known respectively as the Distinguished Marksman Ribbon and the Distinguished Pistol Shot Ribbon.[1]

The Distinguished Marksman Ribbon and the Distinguished Pistol Shot Ribbon were issued until 1960 when the Navy Department ordered the awards discontinued.[1]

In the modern age, all three of the Distinguished Marksmanship Ribbons have been declared obsolete. The Distinguished Marksman (for rifle) and Distinguished Pistol Shot Badges have always been authorized for wear by those who have earned them. The ribbons were worn if the badge was not worn.[1][2]

Under current uniform regulations, the Navy's Marksmanship Competition Badges are worn when ribbons or large medals are prescribed.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Short History of the Distinguished Shooter Program, by Hap Rocketto, dated 28 September 2010, last accessed 18 February 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations: Chapter 5, Section 3 Identification Badges/Awards/Insignia, Navy Personnel Command, updated 27 July 2011, last accessed 18 February 2013

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