The JROTC Recognition Program and Contest
Updated: 8/20/2018

The Piedmont Chapter awards the ROTC Medal to foster the principle of the "citizen-soldier", exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days.

The award is presented to JROTC cadets who are selected for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence. The recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the JROTC unit, who is given full latitude in making the selection, but in accordance with the following:
  • The cadet must be currently enrolled in the JROTC program
  • The cadet must be in the 3rd year of a 4 year program, or the 2nd year of a 3 year program (cadet must be a junior)
  • Top 10 % of JROTC Class;
  • Top 25% of his/her Class
No recipient may receive the Bronze JROTC Medal more than once.

The ROTC Medal is approved by the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Air Force. Each service has notified ROTC and JROTC units of this approval and has authorized its presentation to its cadets.

The ROTC Medal is struck on a circular planchet. The obverse shows a Minuteman holding a rifle and standing next to a plow, with the Liberty Bell in the background. It is inscribed with the letters "ROTC." The reverse is inscribed "Awarded for Leadership, Soldierly Bearing and Excellence to (name of recipient)."

The Bronze JROTC Medal was authorized in 1965, and is presented to students in secondary school JROTC. No recipient may receive it more than once. No miniature medal is available. A representative of the Piedmont Chapter shall present the medal and its accompanying certificate at the unit's Spring Awards program.

The Enhanced JROTC Contest

In 1997, President General Carl Hoffman of the SAR authorized the enhancement of the JROTC program. Piedmont Chapter is authorized to select an Outstanding JROTC Cadet from those cadets who make a submission to the Enhanced Program Contest. To apply for the Enhanced Program Contest an application (Nomination form with attachments) is to be completed by the Senior Military Science Instructor, with input from the cadet being nominated, and forwarded to the Piedmont Chapter JROTC Chairman shown below.

Selection of a unit's applicant for the Enhanced Program Contest is left up to the Senior Military Science Instructor and should include merit in patriotism, leadership, military bearing, scholarship and general excellence, as well as the criteria shown above for the JROTC Medal.

Each JROTC unit may nominate one cadet to represent the unit in the Chapter competition. Accompanying the application shall be an original essay of 500-700 words completed by the cadet on the topic
"How JROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States." The essay may be done on a computer, typewriter, or by hand (in ink). This essay will be used by Piedmont Chapter in assisting its selection of its Outstanding Cadet, and it will also be used in the State and National contests.

Contest Forms

These two forms (including a nomination form and recommendations from the SMI and the school Principal, and the Principal's verification of class standing and GPA of the cadet) include additional information about the contest. The Contest Chairmen can answer any questions, provide you with additional information and assist you in completing the forms. Contact information is at the bottom of the page.
  1. JROTC Recognition Program Application Form (pages 1 and 17 - 20)
    Youth Awards Applicant Form.pdf

  2. JROTC Recognition Program Sponsoring Form (pages 1 and 12)
    Youth Awards Sponsoring Form.pdf

JROTC Recognition Awards

Piedmont Chapter Winner 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Cash Prizes and Certificate $150 * $75 $50
  • * Plus Chapter Outstanding Cadet Medal, with Bronze Medallion
  • * Winner gains entry in the State Society competition.
  • * Winner is invited as a guest with parents and ROTC Instructor, to the Annual Chapter Awards Banquet.
  • * An additional $100 will be awarded the Piedmont Chapter winner if 1st place at State Society competition.
  • All applicants entering the contest receive an SAR Certificate of Participation.
  • Overall applicants, not per Unit.

Georgia State Winner 1st Place 2nd Place
Cash Prizes, Ribbon & Certificate $600 $400
  • * Plus Bronze State ROTC medal with Silver Medallion, plus entry in National competition.
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National Winner 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Cash Prizes and Certificate $2,000 * $1,000 $500
  • * Plus Bronze ROTC medal with gold medallion
  • * Plus up to $1,000 travel expenses as guest to the Annual SAR Congress to receive the award.
  • Source:

Contest Deadline & Contact Information

Entries to the Eagle Scout Recognition and Scholarship Program must be submitted by December 15 to the Piedmont Chapter. Any additional questions or information can be obtained thru the contest chairmen at the Piedmont Chapter or at the State SAR Society.

Piedmont Chapter Contest Chairman
James (Jaime) M. Ruff
(404) 428-8040 |

Georgia Society SAR Contest Chairman
Bill Coffeen
770-419-2549 |


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