Coast Guard Expert Rifle Medal
The Coast Guard Expert Rifle Medal is the highest award that a Coast Guardsmen can receive for a rifle qualification. The current qualifying rifles are the M16A2, M4 or the M14-T. The medal is only worn if the recipient has achieved "expert" status with a qualified weapon. If they have achieved the expert status, the service ribbon is worn with a silver E device. A blank ribbon is worn if they have received the Marksman qualification and a bronze S device if they have the Sharpshooter qualification. First issued in 1969, normal qualification tests include shooting while kneeling, standing and prone.