Awards are given for two basic
reasons, regardless of the organization. First, they are intended as
tangible evidence of recognition for some achievement or service. Second,
awards serve as a motivating factor. The SFMC awards program exists for
these same reasons. Awards are indicated by ribbons, and worn on Class A
uniforms. The Awards Program of the SFMC is not a static concept. Rather
it evolves and changes to meet the needs of the organization as a whole.
For this reason, it is important to keep in touch with the Deputy
Commandant through the chain of command for the latest information on the
The Awards Procedure
To receive an award, you
have to be nominated for it by someone. Usually this involves your Unit
OIC, ship CO, or fellow Marines. An award nomination is sent up the chain
of command to the appropriate authority (minimum Issuing Authority for
each award is specifed in the next section). If you have met or exceeded
the standards for that award, it will be authorized and then awarded to
you. All award nominations must be submitted no more than 6 months after
the qualifying events. The only awards not affected by this are the Valor
and Honor awards, which cover the previous 12 months.
Any person in
the Chain of Command for an individual Marine may issue any award to a
Marine from their level down when necessary, as long as the person up the
Chain of Command has a role related to the award being issued (i.e.,
COTRACOM could not reasonably issue the Great Barrier Award, but
COFORCECOM could as they are in the CoC and related to the role of the
designated Issuing Authority). This means that a BDE OIC can issue an
award which has an Issuing Authority of the BDE OIC or lower; COFORCECOM
can issue any award which has an Issuing Authority listed as being
COFORCECOM, BDE OIC, BN OIC, etc.; and the Commandant of the SFMC can
issue any award listed in the SFMC Awards Program. Usually, it is not
necessary to have an award issued by anyone other than the listed Issuing
Authority, however, in the case of a member of a Marine’s Chain of Command
personally witnessing a qualifying event, having the action reported on a
Unit report or in successful appeals, it may become necessary to have
awards issued by someone other than the Issuing Authority listed in the
Eligibility For Awards
SFMC awards may
normally only be awarded to STARFLEET Marines or STARFLEET Marine units.
This means that in order to receive awards, individuals must be SFI
members in good standing, and units must be listed as active and reporting
for a minimum of three (3) reporting periods. Award nominations must be
made within six (6) months of the qualifying event to be considered.
Unless otherwise indicated all awards are limited to one award, per
Marine, per year. These limits are intended to reinforce and support the
link between participation and communication that are essential for a
successful fan organization.
although only certain persons can actually authorize each of these awards,
they can be nominated by anyone in the Chain of Command. This is one
reason why unit reports and good communication are so important. If the
Brigade OIC never hears about the things your unit has done, he certainly
can’t nominate or issue an award.
Military Service Ribbons
time may any member of the SFMC wear any award ribbons associated with the
real-world military service, on any SFMC uniforms, of any type, regardless
of whether that person has earned the right to wear that ribbon otherwise.
Wearing The Ribbons
All awards are ranked in order of precedence,
from the highest to the lowest. The ribbons are worn in that order. The
ribbon with the lowest precedence goes on the bottom row to the wearer’s
extreme left (toward their arm), and the highest goes at the top to the
wearer’s right (toward their heart). In this way, ribbons are read by an
observer from left to right, top to bottom—just like reading words—with
the most important ribbon frst and the least important last.
row of ribbons is, at most, three ribbons wide. If the total number of
ribbons necessitates a row with less than three, that row is placed at the
top and centered. The exception to this rule is when the wearer has 24 or
more ribbons they may choose to wear a ribbon bar with four ribbons per
row. Silver stars represent each additional award of the same ribbon,
small gold stars represent fve additional awards of the same ribbon.
Therefore, a Marine who has received three Brigade Service Commendations
would wear the appropriate ribbon with two silver stars. A Marine who has
received six Academic Excellence Awards would wear the appropriate ribbon
and a small gold star. In the event that the Marine achieves ten of the
same award a large gold star will replace any other clusters on the ribbon
and no more devices will be added to the ribbon.
All SFMC awards belong to one of three categories: Achievement, Service,
or Training. In order of precedence, all Achievement Ribbons are worn
ahead of all Service ribbons, which are worn ahead of all Training