Awards Programs

The Awards Program was established to recognize the professional achievements of Marines and sailors (serving in Marine Corps units) and to recognize the honor graduates throughout the Marine Corps officer and enlisted formal schools. Awards are a valuable incentive and an appropriate means of recognizing Marines and sailors who excel in their commands and formal schools and leadership courses. The MCA is the largest contributor of awards given to the U.S. Marine Corps.  Each year MCA gives out around 7,500 awards to deserving Marines and sailors.  About 95 percent of the awards go to enlisted men and women.  For additional information on Marine Corps Association Awards, please review Marine Corps Order 1650.31G (PDF format). Here are just a few of the awards given to outstanding Marines and sailors:

  • Recruiter of the Year
  • Drill Instructor of the Year
  • Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Writing Award
  • Recruit Training (Honor Recruit, High Shooter, and High Physical Fitness Test)
  • The Basic School Honor Grad 
  • Officer Candidates School Honor Grad
  • Expeditionary Warfare School Honor Grad
  • Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy Honor Grad

MCA would like to extend a special thank you to Tompkins Builders for their support of the expanded awards program for Marine Corps Detachment 2100 at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.

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