(SARCASM ALERT) No that’s correct. The Marine Corps God Conduct Medal is present by God to worthy Marine recipients. One morning you wake up to find another ribbon, the God Conduct Medal, has miraculously been added to your your uniform. Of note, there is no Navy God Conduct Medal…or at least not Navy officer or sailor has ever received one…probably because we curse so much on deployments. (SECURE FROM SARCASM ALERT)
Seriously, it is actually worse than you show. There is no such thing as a Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal or any service Good Conduct Medal. There is only the Good Conduct Medal and it is only awarded to enlisted personnel who have served a certain amount of time without any disciplinary problems…thus it is also known as the “I never got caught” medal. Officers are not eligible for the Good Conduct medal because we are expected to always exhibit good conduct…no really, I’m serous about that.
What his photo shows is that he has earned the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (the top left ribbon). As expected the red/yellow ribbon at the top right is the Armed Forces Service medal, given to everyone who completes there basic enlisted or officer training…which is why it is also known as the “I was breathing” medal.
Back to the written portion…block 4a, GRADE,RATE OR RANK list him as an LT…which is the abbreviation for a Lieutenant in the Navy (O-3). The USMC uses the same rank names as the Army & Air Force. His single bar rank insignia (Gold or Silver?) would place him as a Second Lieutenant (O-1) First Lieutenant (O-2), abbreviated 2ndLt and 1stLt respectfully, in the Marine Corps. Each service abbreviates their ranks differently. The Army and Navy us ALL CAPS such as ENS, LTJG, LT, etc. for the Navy. The USMC and USAF use mixed case, but not necessarily the same abbreviations.
The only potentially confusing rank is “Captain” which is O-3 (twin silver bars) in the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps and O-6 (silver eagle) in the Navy.
Fortunately, confusion is avoided by how they are abbreviated. The Army abbreviates their rank of Captain as CPT. The Marines and Air Force use Capt. The Navy uses CAPT.
By the way, when did Jim from “The Office” join the Marine Corps…I must have missed that episode.
Yeah…actually it is some kind of personnel card (computerized now). I have written several Marine Corps fitness reports and they are rigidly demanding…and they have a spell checker built into the FITREP app.