How to Mount Medals Yourself
The United States Marine Corps birthday ball is 10th November. A tradition celebrated throughout the history of the Marine Corps. Marines gather together each year on or around the 10th November for a traditional ball and a cake cutting ceremony. Marines dress for the occasion in their dress blue uniform. The Marines are known for their dress blue uniform. They wear the dress blue uniform with pride and look sharp!
If a Marine is wearing their dress blue alphas uniform to the ball they must wear their medals (large) and ribbons, but only if they rate them. A Marine wears medals (large) on the left breast pocket and ribbons which do not have medals (i.e. sea service deployment or combat action ribbon) on the right breast pocket.
Marine Uniform Dress Blue Alphas Enlisted Guide
1. Large medals are worn centered above the left breast pocket with the upper edge of the holding bar on a line midway between the first and second button. Below an image illustrates the location of the medals with a white dash mark.
2. Ribbons are centered over the right breast pocket, the bottom edge of the lower row 1/8 inch above the top of the pocket. Below an image illustrates the location of the ribbons.
Mounting Your Large Medals
So, how do you mount your medals yourself? I recommend the following website “Mounting Medals Yourself“. If you do not want to mount your medals yourself you can order online by doing a Google search for “Mount Medals”, but if you need your medals mounted like yesterday. Then follow the step-by-step guide on “Mounting Medals Yourself“. This website has instructions images and videos to properly mount your medals yourself. Although the website shows how to mount medals for six medals you can still use the website with just a few medals or if you have more than six. Remember you mount at least 7 medals on a ribbon holding bar that is 5 ¾. Ensure that you are following the Marine Corps Uniform regulation for proper wearing of the large medals.