Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon

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Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon
Marine Security Guard Ribbon.svg
The U.S. Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon[2]
Awarded by the Department of the Navy[1]
TypeRibbon bar
EligibilityTwenty-four months of service as a Marine security guard at a U.S. embassy or consulate in a foreign country
StatusCurrently awarded
Established15 July 1997; 21 years ago (1997-07-15)
First awarded1997 (retroactive to 28 January 1949)
Next (higher)Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon
Next (lower)Marine Corps Combat Instructor Ribbon[3]

The Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon is a United States Marine Corps military award that was established by order of Secretary of the Navy John Howard Dalton on 15 July 1997. The award recognizes those Marine Corps personnel who have served as U.S. Embassy Security Guards and is retroactive to 28 January 1949.

Marines assigned to Marine Security Guard duty (MOS 8156) are eligible to receive the ribbon upon completion of 24 months of service at a foreign establishment. Subsequent awards will be made for every 24 months served, either consecutively or cumulatively; the MCSGR may be awarded retroactively to 28 January 1949, the date the first MSGs departed Washington, DC, for their overseas assignments. One award is authorized for the period 28 January 1949 to 15 August 1974, regardless of the number of qualifying periods.[4]

Marines who served successful tours at a lettered MSGBN company headquarters or at HQ MSGBN, Quantico are not eligible to receive this award. Posthumous Awards. On a case-by-case basis, the MCSGR may be awarded posthumously without regard to period of service.[4]

Personnel transferred early for the Good of the Service must have served a minimum of 12 months in the program to be eligible for this award. Personnel transferred due to Relief for Cause are not eligible for the ribbon.[4]


To be awarded the Marine Corps Security Guard Ribbon, a service member must hold the Marine Corps military occupational specialty (MOS) 8156 (previously 8151) Marine Corps Security Guard and must have served twenty-four months of service at an American embassy or consulate; the award is only awarded to Marine Security Guards for their service at American Embassies or Consulates in a foreign country.

Recently, Marine Corps Embassy Security Group has begun to award the MSG Ribbon to Regional Command Staff as well without the prerequisite of serving as an 8156, to include Regional Inspecting Officers, which has created a controversy based on the belief that there is an intentional bias towards awarding the Regional Officers and Command Staff, while at the same time not awarding the ribbon to the junior Marines residing in the same geographical location within the same command.


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Defense Logistics Agency (27 January 2016). "Detail Specification Sheet: Ribbon, Marine Security Guard, U.S. Marine Corps". MIL-DTL-11589. Virginia: Defense Logistics Agency. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  3. ^ Headquarters Marine Corps (8 September 2014). "MARINE CORPS COMBAT INSTRUCTOR RIBBON ESTABLISHED". Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual" (PDF). US Department of the Navy. 22 August 2006. Retrieved 29 May 2019. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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