Authorized on 25 September 1990 and awarded by area commanders. The "E" Ribbon provides visible recognition for personnel of cutters earning the overall operational readiness "E" award during Refresher Training. All personnel serving aboard their unit for more than 50 percent of the period during which it undergoes Refresher Training are eligible for the "E" Ribbon. Personnel serving less than 50 percent of the period, or personnel who are on leave or TAD during the evolution are not eligible, unless specifically recommended by the commanding officer.
This Coast Guard "E" Ribbon is manufactured by the same government contractor that supplies the U.S. Army and Army Post Exchanges, it's quality is guaranteed.