The Special Operations Service Ribbon is a service award of the United States Coast Guard which was first created 1 July 1987 by order of Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Paul A. Yost Jr.
The award is authorized for certain acts of non-combat meritorious
service, for which no other service medal or ribbon is authorized.
The four main areas of eligibility, for the presentation of the Special Operations Service Ribbon, are listed as follows:
Initially a one-time award precluded from the use of service stars, multiple awards of the Special Operations Service Ribbon are now denoted by service stars.
The Commandant of the Coast Guard
has also periodically authorized award of the Special Operations
Service Ribbon to certain warships, aviation squadrons and other
selected units of the U.S. Navy, primarily for support of USCG-led counter-narcotics (CN) and drug interdiction operations and to U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force units assisting in search-and-rescue and/or natural disaster operations in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.