Navy Expert Rifle Medal Ribbon
The Navy Expert Rifle Medal is the highest award that a Sailor can receive for a rifle qualification. The current qualifying rifles are the M16 or M4. The medal is only worn if the recipient has achieved "expert" status with a qualified weapon. If they have achieved the expert status, the service ribbon is worn with a silver E device. A blank ribbon is worn if they have received the Marksman qualification and a bronze S device if they have the Sharpshooter qualification. First issued in 1969, normal qualification tests include shooting while kneeling, standing and prone.
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