First created in 1962 with retroactive presentation to 1958. The Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal was considered the enlisted successor decoration to the Naval Reserve Medal. Until 1996, the decoration was awarded for four years of satisfactory enlisted reserve service, however since 1997 the time period of eligibility has been lowered to three years. Additional awards of the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal are denoted by service stars. This is strictly an enlisted service decoration on par with Navy Good Conduct Medal for active duty enlisted sailors. Commissioned officers, to include warrant officers, are not eligible for award of the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal.
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