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This is a discussion on Sea Scout Ribbons within the Navy forums, part of the Armed Services category; Just saw a picture of the local Sea Scouts. One kid had 4 rows of what looked like award ribbons. He had almost as many ...

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Old November 9th, 2016, 10:03 AM   #1
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Sea Scout Ribbons

Just saw a picture of the local Sea Scouts. One kid had 4 rows of what looked like award ribbons. He had almost as many ribbons as I did after 30 years! I know very little about the Sea Scouts but how do they get that many ribbons and are not even out of high school?

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Old November 9th, 2016, 11:37 AM   #2
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They're not the same ribbons you would earn for actually serving in the military - they look similar, but they earn them for pretty minor things. I know some folks who did JROTC in high school that had 25+ ribbons. They went on to serve and none of the JROTC ribbons carry over.

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Old November 14th, 2016, 07:03 PM   #3
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Sea Explorer is a part of the Boy Scouts of America off hand I do not remember but they started in the 1920s and are still around today. It ranking is the same as scouts bit with navy proper names . Insignia on the older uniforms looked like usnavy.
These included Ship medallion, Standard unit rating, Emergency service rating, Service stars Badge of rank, Community strip, Ship numbers, Badge of office, Long cruise.

The "ribbons " that look like campaign, good conduct ribbons are basically the same as merit badges. Some seamanship related some citizenship related and others the same as other merit badges. I see now on the modern sea explorer uniform I see knots strips which are a different award system in scouting I am not sure how that works because knots were an adult award system when I was a Scoutmaster. The knots look a lot like ribbons too at distance.

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