The Navy awards one service stripe for each four years of service, either on active duty or in a reserve service in an active status, in any of the Armed Forces of the United States. This is in contrast to the Army, which issue service stripes for three years of service; the Air Force issues its Longevity Award ribbon for four years of service, with an oak leaf cluster added to it for each additional four years of service.

Sailors whose most recent twelve years (cumulative) of service meet the requirements for the award of the Navy’s Good Conduct or Naval Reserve Meritorious Service awards are issued gold-colored service stripes that are worn on Dress Blue / White uniforms and Dinner Dress Blue / White jackets. Unlike the standard service stripes, gold stripes can only be earned for service in the Navy, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps, or Marine Corps Reserve, and they revert back to the standard stripes if the Sailor fails to meet the Good Conduct standards of the two aforementioned medals.

Sailors who have earned gold service stripes and request transfer to the Fleet Reserve may wear the stripes while on Fleet Reserve duty. Fleet Reserve personnel returning to active duty, however, will not be able to count the time spent in Fleet Reserve toward the time required for additional service stripes.

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As a certified manufacturer of uniforms and insignia, The Salute Uniforms considers it a privilege to provide the members of our nation’s military services with superior-quality apparel and accoutrements. We guarantee that every product we offer is made in the USA and meets or surpasses Mil-Spec standards. Browse our online catalog and discover how our tradition of excellence and commitment to innovation makes us your best source for military uniforms, insignias, medals, and accessories.


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