ROTC is now recognized as a primary source for recruiting the nation’s military officers. AMVETS ROTC and JROTC medals and certificates—authorized by Army and Air Force regulations—can be ordered from the National Quartermaster. Although no such regulation exist for Navy or Marine Corps ROTC units, they can still participate. The award, consisting of medal pendant and ribbon bar, is presented annually to the outstanding cadet at each participating ROTC and JROTC unit.
• Outstanding Senior Cadet. The professor of military science selects the cadet and submits his/her name directly to the department concerned or to the National Programs Department. If the school sends the name directly to National, it will be forwarded to the department for presentation. National handles only those requested from nondepartment schools.
• Outstanding Junior Cadet. The senior instructor at the high school makes the selection, with processing being the same as for the Senior Cadet awards.
The citeria is set by AFROTC Instructions 36-2020. AMVETS ROTC Medal is detailed in section 4.20. Please refer to the document referenced for full information; however, the essential points are:
4.20.1. Purpose. The award recognizes one cadet at each detachment at the end of their first year in the AFROTC program. (“First year” is not restricted to AS 100 cadets.)
4.20.2. Eligibility. Each cadet must: demonstrate a positive attitude toward the Air Force and AFROTC, demonstrate a neat personal appearance (uniform wear, posture and grooming), demonstrate outstanding personal attributes (initiative, dependability, judgment and self-confidence), demonstrate officer potential (responsibility, adaptability, high personal standards), have attained a grade of “A” in AFROTC during the most recent grading period, and be in good academic standing in all university course work.
Additional Resource:SAMPLE J/ROTC AWARD PRESENTATION