A History of the SGli Navy
Thesgli Navy (squadron, or squadron) is an internationally recognized service organization. Its official colors are white and yellow and its official motto is “We Will Win”. In spite of the multinational organization’s worldwide recognition, many US servicememembers and their families do not realize that the US military does not actually give any kind of Commendations or awards for good performances.
Even though the US military has various honor groups that award military personnel, the Commendations and Awards program do not work like it does in other countries. A recent study by the Rand Corporation concluded that the US Military does not give out any kind of awards to its servicememembers or their family members for good performances in battle. Only 0.5% of all Commendations and Awards received each year are for outstanding performance. Furthermore, participants must pay a one time, one monthly charge to join the US Armed Forces Association.
The US military does not give any kind of reward or award to servicemembers who die while on active duty. If a service member dies while not on active duty, they receive a bronze star, among other things. Participants in the Republic of Panama also need to pay a one time, one monthly charge to join the R.O.C. The same is true for those living in the Cayman Islands. And participants in El Salvador need to pay an entirely separate one time, one monthly charge to be a member of the Salvadoran National Police Force.
Many US citizens who have earned the rank of officer in the US Air Force, Army or Marines and want to continue in their chosen careers have difficulty finding an award from the US Military that they can attribute their accomplishments to. There are actually a few military honor organizations that award commendations to commissioned officers. These awards are called O mids and O seniors. They can be presented by the Chief of Staff, or the rear admiral, or even the rear chief petty officer. Commendations for being a member of a special task force, an ambulance driver or a medic are examples of this type of award.
Officers who are awarded a Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) usually receive their award at a ceremony. This award is usually made out of bronze. In addition to the bronze, it may be displayed on the wall as well as framing.
A Distinctive Unit Citation (UDC) is a bit different. It has a seal and is given to selected SGLS members. The citation is made up of three parts – the name of the recipient, the action (or part of an action) they performed, and the details about the program they were a part of. O mids and O seniors are not entitled to these citations.
In terms of personal awards, there are two classifications: the Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) and the Distinctive Unit Citation (UDC). There are currently three classes of these for the Navy. If a sailor is given a citation for being a part of a specialized unit, such as a special forces group, he may also have been given a UDC. UDCs are given to a smaller group of sailors than the DSMs.
Sailors who are detailed in a historical book about a battle are often given a medallion. Another way to show your appreciation is with a plaque. There are different types of plaques, and they can be used for several different purposes. Either way, a plaque is a way to show your appreciation and pride in a special job.
The three general types of citations that shipmates are allowed to use are: honors, stars, and unit citations. An honor citation is presented when someone has received a specific award, like the Distinguished Service medal. This citation goes to the member of a special unit who has given an outstanding performance. A star citation is presented if the member of a unit has received a star award.
A unit citation is given to members of a unit who have performed an action that was worthy of a unit citation. It usually contains information such as the name of the recipient, the date that award was given, the location of the award, and the name of the unit. Some units also include biographical data about each of the recipients. A star citation typically contains biographical information about the person. However, there are instances where an award will include artwork or pictures of the person or things that the person liked.
When a senior officer sees a fellow sailor with the SGli tattoo, he often gives a shout out to the sailor in a manner similar to the shout a parent would give to their teenage son. The senior sailor explains what the award means and gives him or her a hug. This is the best way to acknowledge someone as a member of the crew. These officers may be from a major ship or a small boat. Regardless of which type of ship they are from, all members of the crew are treated as seniors by their seniors.