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While in the Marine Corps I completed at 1-year tour in Okinawa, Japan. Annotated on my DD214 is the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Now, I am retiring from the US Army and there is a question whether it counts as an Army OSR. I looked on the HRC website and found the following...

"To receive the OSR, Soldiers must be credited with a normal overseas tour completion in accordance with AR 614-30 (see Table 3-2). Soldiers who have overseas service with another branch of service (AF, Navy, Marines) must be credited with normal overseas tour completion by that service to qualify for award of the OSR."

I am assuming that would qualify my for the Army OSR. Thoughts...
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No. The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon is also worn on the Army uniform. It doesn't replace or add to anything. Also, the Marine Corps also has its own Overseas Service Ribbon. The two are awarded for different criteria. One does not equate to the other.
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Sgt Tommy Healey
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I stationed with Ist MAW at Futema Okinawa from April 1973- April 1974. Am I entitled to this overseas ribbon you are talking about?
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SFC (Join to see) - Where did your sea service time get placed on your ERB?
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SFC Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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All my Sea Service time was spent en route to Afghanistan or Iraq, so they placed it under those respective countries for ERB purposes.. There is no "ship time" on the ERB.
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1SG John Millan
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The Sea Service Ribbon was implemented in 1980 and made retro to 15 AUG 74, the date that the MDSM ended in the Vietnam period. If you served in Oki on or after 15 Aug, you rate it. You can get a DD-215, addemdum to the DD-214 and have it listed. Write the USMC HQ by their address online.
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It seems to me it would go on your DD-214 as the Sea Service Ribbon. That is talking about awarding a Soldier the OSR for time with another service while they were a Soldier.
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SFC Government Civilian
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Major Nace,

Good catch! I can now see that.
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If you were stationed with DIV, MAW, FSSG (MLG) and not with a base unit then you would rate the sea service deployment ribbon due to those units technically being forward deployed. If you were assigned to Marine Corps Base then you would rate the overseas ribbon. I am currently out here working on my third year and I have received two sea service deployment ribbons
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SSG William Benjamin...you are correct Devil Dog. I was assigned with the FSSG (now MLG). I was awarded my SSDR. By the way...not too much Mojo while you are there! Thanks for the reply.
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1SG John Millan
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Would also depend on if he served there on or after 14 AUG 74. The OSR was implemented after the NDSM was ended on 15 AUG 74.
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