JROTC Excellence Program
The American Legion does alot of great things for Veterans such as pushing for reform of the VA or fighting for the rights of a service member after they have left service. One of the most impactful things that the American Legion does is the focus on a Veterans family and more importantly their youth.
One of those programs is the JROTC Excellence Program where American Legion Post 230 has the opportunity to award two different medals to JROTC participants. Those awards are the General Military Excellence Award and the Scholastic Excellence Award. These awards are given annually to oustanding cadets at each school for general military and scholastic excellence. The schools we attempt to support each year are Pine Forest High School, Overhills High School, Western Harnett High School and finally Westover High School. We will support other High Schools in the area, should they not have an American Legion that can support this program.
Not more than one student at a school may be nominated per year for these awards. Students participating in JROTC programs conducted at high schools will receive the bronze 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 are attached.
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. Normal cadets that are selected normally meet standards below from the nominating school:
General Military Excellence Award
Be in the top 25 percent of his or her class in academic subjects and JROTC subjects
Have demonstrated outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character and citizenship.
Scholastic Excellence Award
Be in the top 10% of his or her class in academic subjects
Be in the top 25% of his or her class in JROTC subjects
Have demonstrated qualities of leadership
Have actively participated in related student activities such as student organizations, constructive activities or sports
The senior JROTC instructor, head of the school (or both) will make the selection and nomination to an American Legion Post. If you are a JROTC instructor looking to award these medals and need more details, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org