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HRNROTCBATT INSTRUCTION 1650.1
From: Battalion Commander
Subj: PERSONAL AWARDS PROGRAM
Ref: (a) SECNAVINST 1650.1G
(b) CNETP 1533/3
(c) HRNROTCBATTINST 5210.1
Encl: (1) Award Submission Form
(2) Award Routing Matrix
1. Purpose. The purpose of this instruction is to provide information on
the various ribbons, medals, and other devices awarded to Marines,
Midshipmen, and Officer Candidates in recognition of outstanding ability,
meritorious achievement, or active participation in various battalion
2. Discussion. One of the most effective ways to enhance morale in a
military organization is timely acknowledgement of exceptional performance.
Positive recognition, in any form, increases morale and fortifies unit
integrity and cohesiveness.
3. Cancellation. Any previous HRNROTCBATT Personal Award Program notices
4. Action. Personnel who have earned an award, or know someone who is
qualified to receive an award will notify their chain of command immediately.
All personal award recommendations will be forwarded all the way through the
chain of command regardless of whether or not the submission is recommended
for approval. In the event that a submitted award is downgraded, upgraded,
or disapproved, the originator and appropriate chain of command will be
informed. Certain awards are generated by the Hampton Roads NROTC Unit Staff
Officers, such as: PNS Gold, PNS Silver, Distinguished Academic, Meritorious
Academic, and Midshipmen Cruise Awards. If an individual has earned one of
these awards, but has not been recognized for it, only a special request chit
a. Battalion Administrative Officer will:
(1) Oversee the Personal Awards Program.
(2) Review all personal award recommendations for accurateness
before they are forwarded to the Battalion Executive Officer.
(3) Coordinate all Battalion Awards Ceremonies.
(4) After approved, ensure that all award certificates, ribbons,
and medals are prepared well in advance to the date of an awards ceremony.
(5) Maintain precise records of all personal awards approved in the
Battalion. Ensure that awards electronic database is kept current and is
preserved. All original submission paperwork shall be kept on file until
detachment of individual being awarded.
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b. Battalion Supply Officer will:
(1) Maintain appropriate levels of inventory as it pertains to
awards certificates, ribbons, and medals.
(2) Provide any additional logistical support as needed.
c. Company Commanders will:
(1) Ensure that award submissions are routed for all qualified
(2) Ensure that accurate records are kept on all approved awards at
a minimum in accordance with reference (c).
d. Personnel Submitting Awards will:
(1) Ensure that award submission form (enclosure 1) is filled out
accurately and in its entirety.
(2) Ensure that award submission is forwarded through the proper
chain of command (enclosure 2). After a Company Commander recommends an
award, it will then be forwarded to the Battalion Administrative Officer who
will review it for accurateness.
5. Awards. Under no circumstances will Midshipmen and active duty ribbons
or medals be worn simultaneously.
a. Individual Awards. Individual achievements will be recognized
throughout the year as deemed appropriate. A list of individual awards along
with the requirements to earn each of them is provided below:
(1) Professor of Naval Science (PNS) Commendation. “Best all
around”; awarded to Midshipmen who distinguish themselves in the area of
academics, aptitude, leadership, and physical fitness over and above
standards for current awards in those areas. Recipients of this award must
clearly demonstrate through consistently high levels of performance and their
desire for self-improvement as well as enhanced unit effectiveness.
(2) PNS Gold. Recognizes students who achieve a semester grade
point average of 3.50 or better, a semester aptitude score of 4.38 or better,
and score an outstanding on the semester Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)/
Physical Fitness Test (PFT). This award consists of a PNS Gold Achievement
star to be worn above the anchors on the Service Dress Blues uniform and a
PNS Gold Achievement Award certificate.
(3) PNS Silver. Recognizes students who achieve a semester grade
point average of 3.00 or better, a semester aptitude score of 4.00 or better,
and score an outstanding on the semester PFA/PFT. This award also consists
of a PNS Silver Achievement Award certificate.
(4) Distinguished Academic. Recognizes personnel who achieve a
semester grade point average of 3.50 or better.
(5) Meritorious Academic. Recognizes personnel who achieve a
semester grade point average of 3.00 to 3.49.
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(6) Special Academic. Recognizes a student from each class at each
school who has made the greatest improvement in cumulative grade point
average at the end of the semester.
(7) Commendation Award. Recognizes personnel who have exceeded the
standards and expectations of the company and distinguished themselves at
high levels of performance and desire for self-improvement as well as
enhanced company effectiveness.
(8) Leadership Award. Recognizes personnel who have held or
demonstrated leadership roles. Examples include Battalion or key staff
positions, officers of particular organizations, and captains or managers of
(9) Community Service. Awarded to personnel who volunteer to help
non-profit organizations. A minimum of 60 hours per semester is required to
achieve this award. This award requires a log of the number of hours
(10) Unit Service. Awarded to personnel who volunteer to help and
improve the Hampton Roads NROTC Battalion. A minimum of 30 hours per
semester is required to receive this award. This award requires a log of the
number of hours accomplished.
(11) Outstanding “300” PFA/PFT. Awarded to personnel who score a
maximum tabulation of 300 points on their PFA/PFT.
(12) Outstanding PFA/PFT. Awarded to personnel whose score on the
PFA/PFT is outstanding or first class respectively.
(13) First Class Swimmer. Awarded to personnel who have qualified
as a first class swimmer.
(14) Aviation Club. Awarded to personnel for the completion of one
semester of active participation in the Battalion Aviation Club.
(15) Blue and Gold Society. Awarded to personnel for the
completion of one semester of active participation in the Battalion Blue and
Gold (Surface Warfare) Society.
(16) Dolphin Society. Awarded to personnel for the completion of
one semester of active participation in the Battalion Dolphin (Submariner)
(17) Semper Fi Club. Awarded to personnel for the completion of
one semester of active participation in the Battalion Semper Fi Club.
(18) Sailing. Awarded to personnel who have qualified Mate “A” by
the end of their sophomore year. A bronze star is awarded if Skipper “B” is
completed by the end of their junior year. A second bronze star is
authorized for sail team members only.
(19) Recruiting/ O-Week. Awarded to personnel who help to recruit
at least two other individuals into the NROTC program in which the recruited
students decide to enter the program and stay active for at least one year.
This award is also awarded to personnel who actively volunteer and help to
complete at least one training period for Orientation week.
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(20) Midshipman Cruise. Awarded to Midshipmen who successfully
complete one summer semester training session.
b. Unit Awards. Ribbons will be awarded to individuals for
participation in Battalion sponsored activities to include, but not limited
to: Battalion Drill Team, Battalion Color Guard, Intramural Sports, and the
Rifle/ Pistol Team. In addition, the Platoon Competition/ Color Company
ribbon will be awarded to all participating personnel of the company that
wins the Hampton Roads NROTC Color Company Competition. The Drill Team and
Rifle/ Pistol Team ribbons require two semesters of participation. All other
Battalion sponsored activities require one semester of participation.
6. Attachments. Certain attachments are authorized to be worn on individual
ribbons to include the following:
a. Gold Star. Awarded for the second and each subsequent award.
b. Silver Star. Is worn in lieu of five gold stars.
c. Bronze Star. These are worn for each subsequent award of Aviation,
Blue & Gold, Dolphin Society, and Midshipmen cruise awards.
7. Command and Signal. All questions pertaining to the Personal Awards
Program will be directed to the Battalion Administrative Officer.
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AWARD SUBMISSION FORM
Each line on this form must be filled out in its entirety to expedite the routing and subsequent presentation of an
personal award . If an hourly log is included with submission of this write -up, make a copy and attach it.
Print Name Signature Date
YES / NO Disapproved
Battalion Executive Officer
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Awards Routing Matrix
Award Name Submission Routing Approving Auth.
PNS Commendation HRNROTC Staff N/A Commanding
PNS Gold/Silver Automatic by N/A Commanding
Distinguished/ Automatic by N/A Commanding
Meritorious Academic Staff Officer
Special Academic Automatic by N/A Commanding
Commendation Award Company CO’s/ CCO, BXO, BCO Battalion
Battalion Staff Commander
Leadership Award Company CO’s/ CCO, BXO, BCO, Commanding
Battalion Staff CA, XO, CO Officer
Community/ Company CO’s/ CCO, BXO, BCO, Commanding
Unit Service Battalion Staff CA, XO, CO Officer
Outstanding “300” PFA/PFT Automatic by N/A Commanding
/ Outstanding PFA/PFT Staff Officer
First Class Swim Automatic by N/A Commanding
All Club Awards Club Secretary BXO, BCO Battalion
at semesters end Commander
Sail Ind./ Company CCO, BXO, BCO Battalion
Recruiting/ Ind./ Company CCO, BXO, BCO Battalion
O-Week CO’s Commander
Midshipmen Cruise Automatic by N/A Commanding
Color Company Automatic by N/A Commanding
Unit Sponsored Awards Ind./ Team CCO, BXO, BCO Battalion
Capt./ Company Commander