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Award Regulations

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Excerpted from pages 34-35 of army.mil [PDF]

l. American Legion Awards.

These awards are provided annually to outstanding Cadets at each institution for general military excellence and scholastic excellence.

(1) The award consists of:

(a) Silver medal pendant with ribbon bar and ROTC crest or scholastic scroll for junior class winners enrolled in MS-III.

(b) Gold medal pendant with ribbon bar and ROTC crest or scholastic scroll for senior class winners enrolled in MS-IV. A miniature reproduction of the official ROTC crest is attached to the ribbon bar of awards for general military excellence. A miniature scholastic scroll is attached to the ribbon bar of awards for scholastic excellence.

(2) Criteria: A Cadet may receive an award for general military excellence and an award for scholastic excellence for the same school year or for more than one year.

(a) General Military Excellence Award. The Cadet must be in the top 25 percent of the class in academic and ROTC subjects and must have demonstrated outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character, and citizenship.

(b) Scholastic Excellence Award. The Cadet must be in the top 10 percent of the class in academic subjects, top 25 percent of the class in ROTC classes, and demonstrated qualities of leadership. The Cadet must actively participate in related student activities, such as student organizations, community activities, and sports.

(3) Selection: The PMS or head of the institution (or both) will make selections.

(4) Source: Requests for awards may be made in writing to the local posts of the American Legion. If no local post is available, or if the local post does not have an active ROTC Awards program, information may be requested in writing from: The American Legion, National Security Division, 1608 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006. Written request should include: Name of the college or university, address, city, state, zip code, point of contact’s name, phone number, email address, unit name, name of Cadet(s), and type of award (general military excellence/scholastic excellence).

(5) Presentation: The PMS will make arrangements for an American Legion representative to present the awards at a suitable military ceremony. If representative is unavailable, the PMS may present award.

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Junior ROTC

Excerpted from pages 139-140 of usarmyjrotc.com [PDF]

12–15. American Legion Awards

a. General. These awards are given annually to outstanding Cadets at each school for general military and scholastic excellence. Not more than one student at a school may be nominated per year for these awards. During the junior year, a Cadet in a class HS JROTC unit will receive the bronze medal; a Cadet at class MI JROTC unit will receive the silver medal. A miniature reproduction of the official JROTC crest is attached to the medal awarded for scholastic excellence. Recipients of either award will also receive a ribbon bar to which the crest or scroll is attached.

b. Criteria. A Cadet may receive an award for general military excellence and an award for scholastic excellence for the same school year or for more than one year.

(1) General Military Excellence Award. The Cadet must:

(a) Be in the top 25% of his/ her class in JROTC and non-JROTC subjects.

(b) Have demonstrated outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character, and citizenship.

(2) Scholastic Excellence Award. The Cadet must:

(a) Be in the top 10% of his/her class in non-JROTC subjects.

(b) Be in the top 25% of his/her class in JROTC.

(c) Have demonstrated qualities of leadership.

(d) Have actively participated in related student activities such as student organizations, constructive activities, or sports.

c. Selection. The DAI/SAI or head of the school or both will make selection.

d. Source. Requests for awards may be made to the local posts of the American Legion. If no local post exists, information may be obtained from the National Security Division, The American Legion, K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 (www.legion.org).

e. Presentation. Arrangements will be made by the DAI/SAI for an American Legion representative to present the awards at an appropriate military ceremony.

f. Reporting. Send a follow-on report to the National Security/Foreign Relations Division, The American Legion, that includes:

(1) Name of recipient and type of award.

(2) American Legion post number and date award was presented.

(3) Name and title of American Legion representative presenting the award.

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