JUDICIOUS USE OF COMMAND COINS AND PRESENTATION ITEMS:
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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 128/13, COMMAND COINS RESTRICTION.
REF B IS ASN (FM&C) BUDGET GUIDANCE MEMORANDUM BG 13-3B.
REF C IS VCNO 2014 STANDARDS OF CONDUCT GUIDANCE. REF D
IS DOD 5550.07R, JOINT ETHICS REGULATION.//
RMKS/1. Reference (a) suspended authority to purchase presentation
items (command coins or other items given as awards such as
plaques, ball caps, etc.) during a sequestered fiscal environment.
Since that time, Congress has passed a budget and an appropriations
act. The following guidance is consistent with reference (b),
which requires budgetary program execution to proceed on a
judicious basis. Commanders must balance the need to formally
recognize excellence in performance of duty with the continuing
imperative to conserve scarce fiscal resources.
2. Reference (a) is hereby cancelled. Authority to expend
appropriated funds (APF) is reinstated subject to existing law and
policy and the following additional guidelines.
a. APF Presentation Items. Use of APF is authorized to purchase
presentation items (e.g. command coins, plaques, ball caps, etc.)
to recognize outstanding performance, specific achievement, or a
unique achievement contributing to unit effectiveness. These items
will normally be presented during officially organized and
announced unit and/or individual recognition ceremonies. Examples
include (without limitation): Sailor or Civilian of the
Quarter/Year, Outstanding PRT, etc. Presentation items may also
be presented to individuals on an impromptu basis in recognition
of superior achievement.
b. Command Coins. Navy leaders shall ensure judiciousness
concerning APF funded command coins. These coins may not be
presented solely as mementos, to improve morale, as tokens of
appreciation, or to recognize expected service. Personally funded
items (including personalized items) may be used for this purpose
if in good taste.
c. Leaders at all levels shall ensure the acquisition and use of
APF funded presentation items are properly documented consistent
with the requirements of reference (c). Specifically, command
coins provided as presentation items must be properly accounted
for in a written record that includes the name of the individual
to whom the coin was presented, the date of presentation and the
specific performance or achievement warranting the award.
Immediate superiors in the chain of command shall ensure audits
are conducted as appropriate in accordance with reference (c).
d. Authority to acquire and present APF funded command coins is
limited to the Chief of Naval Operations; Vice Chief of Naval
Operations; Director, Navy Staff (DNS); Chief of Naval Personnel;
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy; and officers serving as
e. The limitations above do not apply to items purchased with ORF
funds or items purchased prior to the issuance of reference (a).
Such expenditures must comply with other applicable regulations
including the limits of reference (d) on gifts to seniors.
3. Exceptions to the above limitations may be requested from DNS
via the chain of command.
4. Reference (c) is modified in accordance with this NAVADMIN.
5. Released by Admiral Michelle Howard, VCNO.//