Ribbons & Uniforms

The ribbons below are in the correct order of precedence for those most likely to be worn on a Marine uniform today. Devices worn on these ribbons indicate additional awards or participation in a specific event. Some ribbons do not have accompanying medals. These are listed as "ribbon".


Navy Cross Defense Distinguished Service Medal Navy Distinguished Service Medal Silver Star Medal Defense Superior Service Medal

Legion of Merit Distinguished Flying Cross Navy/Marine Corps Medal Bronze Star Medal Purple Heart

Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal Air Medal Joint Service Commendation Medal Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Joint Service Achievement Medal Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal Combat Action Ribbon Navy Presidential Unit Citation Joint Meritorious Unit Award

Navy Unit Commendation Meritorious Unit Commendation Navy "E" Ribbon Prisoner of War Medal U.S. Navy Good Conduct Medal

Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal Selected Marine Corp Reserve Medal Fleet Marine Force Ribbon Navy Expeditionary Medal

Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal China Service Medal American Defense Medal American Campaign Medal European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal Navy Occupation Service Medal National Defense Service Medal Korean Service Medal

Antarctic Service Medal Armed Forces Expeditionary Vietnam Service Medal Southwest Asia Service Medal Kosovo Campaign

Afghanistan Campaign Medal Iraq Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Korean Service Defense Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Sea Service Deployment Ribbon Navy Arctic Service Medal

Navy and USMC Overseas Service Ribbon USMC Recruiter Ribbon Marine Security Guard Ribbon Drill Instructor Ribbon Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Marine Corps Reserve Ribbon (Obsolete) US Navy Reserve Ribbon (Obsolete) Vietnam Gallantry Cross Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation

Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation Philippine Defense Medal Philippine Liberation Medal

Philippine Independence Medal United Nations Service Medal NATO Medal NATO Medal (Kosovo) Multinational Force and Observers Medal

Inter-American Defense Board Medal Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) Republic of Korea War Service Medal

Marine Corps League Ribbons & Awards

Over the years, there have been many changes in the medals and ribbons of the Marine Corps League. The ribbons depicted below represent all that are described within Enclosure Four of the Administrative Procedures.


Distinguished Citizen Gold Distinguished Citizen Silver Distinguished Citizen Bronze Distinguished Service Bronze National Marine of the Year

Division Marine of the Year Department Marine of the Year Detachment Marine of the Year National Recruiting Gold National Recruiting Silver

National Recruiting Bronze Past National Commandant National Staff Elected Silver National Staff Appt. Bronze Department Commandant

Department Staff Elected Silver Department Staff Appt. Bronze Department Recruiter Silver Detachment Commandant Detachment Staff Elected Silver

Detachment Staff Appt. Bronze Detachment Recruiter Bronze Community Service Board of trustees Commendation V. Fisher National Merit Unit Commendation

Department Merit Unit Commendation Individual Merit Commendation Cermonial Guard Ribbon Kennel Dog Of Year Chief Devil Dog Individual Commendation

Pack Dog Of Year Pack Leader Individual Commendation Pound Dog Of Year Pound Keeper Individual Commendation Past Chief Devil Dog

Pack Leader Pound Keeper MCL Membership 50th National Convention Gold Attendee 50th National Convention Bronze Attendee

   
75th National Convention Gold 75th National Attendee Silver Department 50th CA, IL, PA, WI, MI, VA, MO    

USMC Eagle Globe & Anchor Emblem for MOY, National, Department, and Detachment to be worn on a Distinguished Citizen Medal.

Link to precedence and criteria for awards contained in enclosure four of the MCL Administrative Procedures.

Uniform Code - Marine Corps League


(This is not the full version, space constraints limit room for only pertinent excerpts, our apologies to our female Marine Corps League members. The full version may be found in an addendum to the national bylaws.)


I. Marine Corps League Medals and Ribbons


Marine Corps League medals may be worn on any Marine Corps league uniform except Casual, starting with the most distinguished medal/ribbon first and others following in sequence. See enclosure (4) National Award Section for further details. Under no conditions are Marine Corps Service medals/ribbons to be worn with Marine Corps League medals/ribbons. It must be one or the other. Marine Corps Service or Marine Corps League ribbons are to be worn above left shirt pocket.

 

II. Marine Corps League Patches


Marine Corps League patches shall be worn on the left sleeve, one and one-half (1 1/2) inches below the shoulder seam. No service or Unit patches to be worn on the Marine Corps League Uniform. Devil Dog Patch will be worn on the right sleeve one and one-half (1 1/2) inches below the shoulder seam.

U.S. flag 2" x 3 1/2" on right sleeve 1 1/2" below the shoulder seam, if not member of MODD, and may be worn by Associate members.

 

III. Marine Corps League Covers

All members of the Marine Corps League are authorized the Red cover. Members elected to National office, or appointed to National Staff/Committees are authorized to wear Gold covers. The National Commandant will wear a White cover. Members elected to, or appointed on the Department (State) level are authorized to wear Red with Gold crown covers. The Past National Commandants are authorized to wear a Gold with White crown cover. Past Department Commandant, Past Detachment Commandant, Past Kennel Chief and Past National Director of Young Marines, with the years displayed for holding that office, are the only members who are authorized to wear their respective cover after their tour of duty is completed. All other personnel will revert back to what they were wearing before they were elected or appointed to office, removing past office identification strips. The only insignia authorized to be worn on Marine Corps League covers is the Marine Corps Emblem on left side. The Devil Dog patch will be worn up front on the right side of the cover. The identification strips, i.e., the Department or Detachment strip or embroidering will be centered on the right side. If the Life strip is worn, it will be to the rear of the right side. The Life Member strip will be worn the same as the identification strips are worn. NO Division pins or other ornaments are authorized to be worn on Marine Corps League covers.

 

UNIFORM - MALE

UNDRESS - (Long Sleeve)

  •     Standard cover - with Devil Dog patch when authorized.
  •     Devil Dog collar (optional), Name tag (optional).
  •     Sunburst insignias
  •     Marine Corps League shoulder patch (left sleeve) - Devil Dog patch (right sleeve) when authorized, or U.S. flag 2" x 3 1/2" if not member of MODD (see NOTE 2)
  •     Marine Corps League ribbons OR Marine Corps ribbons and Badges (NOT MIXED).
  •     White shirt, military crease (to be Airline pilot style with two (2) pockets with button down flaps and epaulets)
  •     Tie, black, with Marine Corps or Marine Corps League gold tie bar.
  •     Trousers, Blue dress (with NCO "red" stripe) with belt, Marine Corps.
  •     Web with brass buckle.
  •     Trousers, Black (optional).
  •     Belt, black with Marine Corps emblem on square gold buckle or Belt, black, dress (optional).
  •     Socks, black.
  •     Shoes, black, plain toe.

UNDRESS - (Short Sleeve)   

  • Standard cover - with Devil Dog patch when authorized.
  • Devil Dog collar (optional), Name tag (optional).
  • Sunburst insignias.
  • Marine Corps League shoulder patch (left sleeve) - Devil Dog patch (right sleeve) when authorized, or U.S. flag 2" x 3 1/2" if not member of MODD (see Para V).
  • Marine Corps League ribbons OR Marine Corps ribbons and Badges (NOT MIXED).
  • White shirt open collar, military crease (to be Airline pilot style with two (2) pockets with button down flaps and epaulets).
  • Trousers, Blue dress (with NCO "red" stripe) with Belt, Marine Corps Web with brass buckle.
  • Trousers, Black (optional).
  • Belt, black with Marine Corps emblem on square gold buckle or Belt, black, dress (optional).
  • Socks, black.
  • Shoes, black, plain toe.

CASUAL

  • Standard cover - with Devil Dog patch when authorized.
  • Devil Dog Collar (Optional).
  • Blazer, Red, two (2) Marine Corps League buttons on front and three (3) Marine Corps League buttons on cuffs. (NO ribbons/medals or sunburst insignias are to be worn with this uniform).
  • White shirt, plain collar (no button down collars or sunburst insignias on collar).
  • Black tie with Marine Corps or Marine Corps league gold tie bar.
  • Marine Corps League Crest of Bullion seal.
  • Trousers, black.
  • Belt, black with Marine Corps emblem on square gold buckle or belt, black, dress (optional).
  • Socks, black.
  • Shoes, black, plain toe.
  • Lapel pin (s) - See note 1 below.

FORMAL DRESS

  • Standard cover - with Devil Dog patch when authorized.
  • Devil Dog Collar or Chapel of Four Chaplains medal, choice of one (1) (optional).
  • Military bow tie - black.
  • White shirt, formal (standard collar), pleated. (NO RUFFLED SHIRTS).
  • Gold cuff links and gold studs.
  • Marine Corps League Blazer Crest or Bullion Seal is optional with the Formal Dress when miniature medals are worn.
  • Marine Corps League Red Mess Jacket, medium weight gabardine material with Marine Corps League buttons, gold waist chain and sunbursts in locating holes in jacket collar (WHEN AVAILABLE).
  • Red Blazer optional to Red Mess Jacket.
  • Cummerbund, gold or Gold vest front (only approved design).
  • Trousers, black tux pants or trousers, black (optional).
  • Belt, black with Marine Corps emblem on square gold buckle or belt, black, dress (optional).
  • Socks, black.
  • Shoes, black, plain toe.
  • Miniature medals as prescribed (large medals may be worn on Red Mess Jacket).



NOTE 1:
The following lapel pins may be worn, but NOT more than two (2) - your choice:
The Past National Commandant Pin may be worn inboard with the National Marine of the Year outboard. Also National Marine of the Year may be worn inboard with a Past Department or Detachment Commandant Pin (one (1) only). Kennel Devil Dog of the Year Pin to be worn outboard of National Marine of the Year. The Chapel of Four Chaplains, Membership or Retired Marine lapel pins may also be worn, under same limitations.