R 062003Z APR 15
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/AMPLIFYING GUIDANCE FOR UNIT AWARDS SUBMISSIONS//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/APR//
NARR/REF A IS THE NAVY AND MARINE CORPS AWARDS MANUAL//
RMKS/1. The purpose of this NAVADMIN is to enhance consistency across the
Department of the Navy (DON) by providing amplifying guidance for
originating, endorsing, and processing recommendations to assist awarding
authorities in recognizing deserving units with an appropriate award. The
basic eligibility and criteria contained in reference (a) remains unchanged.
2. The following guidance, timelines and best practices for unit awards are
provided to facilitate a smooth process for final disposition.
a. Recommendations shall be initiated no later than 60 days following
the completion of the period of service for which the award is being
recommended. Any recommendation not submitted in a timely manner must be
accompanied with a letter signed by the commander providing justification for
b. A complete and properly documented award recommendation (The Office
of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Form 1650/14) must be initiated and submitted to
the next Commander in the reporting chain.
Echelon II Navy Department Awards Web Service (NDAWS) administrators will
ensure the data from the OPNAV 1650/14 is uploaded to NDAWS prior to
forwarding to the Chief of Naval Operations (Director, Navy Staff (DNS)-35).
c. Errors or missing information in the submitted recommendation
adversely affect processing and adjudication. Endorsing Commanders have the
responsibility to return the award submission to the originator if it is not
submitted in accordance with reference (a) and this NAVADMIN.
Common errors observed include:
(1) Unit nominations being originated by the Commanding Officer of
the unit. Commands cannot originate recommendations for themselves.
Recommendations must be submitted by the Immediate Superior in the Chain of
(2) Incorrect cited unit. The cited unit's name listed in Block 6
should match Standard Navy Distribution List (SNDL) naming conventions. The
SNDL can be accessed through the SECNAV/OPNAV directives website at
http://doni.daps.dla.mil/sndl.aspx. Commonly used unit acronyms and
abbreviations in NDAWS can also be found at https://awards.navy.mil for those
units not listed in the SNDL (task forces, newly formed units, foreign units,
etc.). All others should be listed as appropriate.
(a) The cited unit name must be consistent throughout the Summary
of Action (SOA) and citation.
(b) Meritorious dates in the SOA and proposed citation must match
the date indicated in Block 17.
(c) The actions of the participating commands must reasonably be
referenced in the SOA. Conversely, any unit mentioned in the SOA must be
included in the participating command supplemental.
(3) Missing or incomplete Block 5. List of participating commands
supplemental - participating command lists are either missing or incomplete.
(a) Block P1 - cited unit must be the same as Block 6 of OPNAV
(b) Block P3 - cited unit action date/meritorious period must be
the same as Block 17 of OPNAV Form 1650/14.
(c) Blocks 1-33, participating command dates - dates of
attachment to the cited unit being recommended must be included.
Each participating command must have a merit start/end date even if it
matches Block P3.
(d) Participating command components - each participating command
must be identified using the appropriate component. The code ?other? is only
used for foreign militaries.
(4) OPNAV Form 1650/14 Block 12 - previously approved unit awards may
be located using the reporting consolidated search function in NDAWS and on
the public website. For the cited unit and any participating command listed,
the originating command must identify any previous unit award(s) that have
been approved or are pending recommendation.
(5) OPNAV Form 1650/14 Block 18b/c - awards without
Originator signature or date will be returned without action.
(6) OPNAV Form 1650/14 Block 19 - awards not signed or dated by
appropriate endorsee will be returned without action.
(7) An estimated total number of personnel (Officer, Enlisted, U.S.
Civilians, other U.S. Armed Forces, or Foreign
Militaries) who would be eligible to participate in the award if approved
must be included with the recommendation. If applicable the following must
also be included:
(a) A by-name list to include rank, full name, Component and a
minimum of the last four of the Social Security Number for other Department
of Defense (DoD) service personnel.
(b) Total number of civilians, a by-name list, certification that
they played a key role in the achievement for which the award is being
recommended, and a statement that they are United States citizens and DON
employees. Neither contractors nor foreign nationals are eligible.
(c) For reserve units, include an endorsement by the active
component command the unit regularly reports to/mobilizes with. Also include
an endorsement by the commander under whom the service or act was performed,
if it is other than the active command to which the unit is regularly
(d) Recommendations for units of friendly foreign nations or any
recommendation that includes participation of units of friendly foreign
nations require specific concurrence. Originators shall coordinate with the
appropriate United States Embassy to obtain concurrence for any unit and or
individual. For those recommendations that list Foreign Service personnel by
name, the originator must also coordinate with the Naval Criminal
Investigative Service (NCIS) to conduct a counterintelligence check. Both
the concurrence and NCIS response letters expire six months from the date
signed and each must accompany the award recommendation. Participating
commands that the United States Embassy has non-concurred with will not be
included in any approved award. In addition, the Secretary of the Navy will
not process recommendations for foreign cited units if the United States
3. Point of Contact is Mr. Mark Newman, DNS-35, at (202) 685-1770 or via
e-mail at mark.newman1(at)navy.mil
4. This NAVADMIN will remain in effect until superseded or cancelled.
5. Released by Vice Admiral S. H. Swift, Director, Navy Staff.//