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Navy Arctic Service Ribbon
Navy Arctic Service Ribbon
Presented bythe Department of the Navy[1]
Next (higher)Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
EquivalentCoast Guard Arctic Service Medal
Next (lower)Navy Reserve: Navy Reserve Sea Service Ribbon
Naval Service: Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon

The Navy Arctic Service Ribbon is a decoration of the United States Navy which was established in May 1986. The ribbon is authorized to any member of the U.S. Navy or United States Marine Corps for service above the Arctic Circle. Like the Antarctica Service Medal, it may also be awarded to civilians and members of other U.S. services.


The ribbon was made retroactive to January 1982 and is also granted to members of other branches of the military, providing they are serving with a Navy or Marine Corps command when the Arctic duty was performed. The United States Coast Guard equivalent of the Arctic Service Ribbon is the Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal.[2] On March 18, 2024 the Department of the Navy announced the establishment of the Navy Arctic Service Medal via Naval Message ALNAV 026/24.[3]


Navy Arctic Service Ribbon

Awarded to officers and enlisted personnel for twenty-eight days, consecutive or non-consecutive, above the Arctic Circle after 1 January 1982. For personnel working at remote ice camps or divers working under the ice, each day of duty will count as two days when determining award eligibility. No more than one day of credit can be counted for flights in or out during any 24-hour period. Marine Corps personnel undergoing annual cold weather training above the Arctic Circle do not qualify for 2 for 1 credit.[2] The ribbon is issued for one time service only and there are no devices authorized for additional periods of Arctic service. The Antarctic equivalent of the Arctic Service Ribbon is the Antarctica Service Medal. The ribbon is worn after the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and before the Navy Reserve Sea Service Ribbon for Navy personnel. For Marine Corps personnel it is worn before the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon.[4]

Navy Arctic Service Medal

Awarded as an extension of the Navy Arctic Service Ribbon to officers and enlisted personnel of the Navy and Marine Corps or civilians to units who conducted an ice-covered strait transit, a transit to the North Pole, assigned to a submarine that conducted a vertical surfacing through the ice, assigned to a submarine that conducted a seven day or more classified operation under the ice pack, or assigned to an ice camp or operations center.[3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-09-18. Retrieved 2019-01-02.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b "Navy Arctic Service Ribbon (AT)". Navy Awards. United States Navy. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b "ALNAV 026/24". Department of the Navy. March 18, 2024.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Navy Awards Precedence Charts Archived 2010-11-26 at the Wayback Machine, Navy Personnel Command , Bureau of Naval Personnel, March 15, 2011.

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