Awards and Decorations
The AFJROTC awards program is designed to recognize the achievements of AFJROTC cadets. Various national, veteran and citizenship organizations participate in the presentation programs. The awards and detailed criteria are in Air Force Junior ROTC Uniform and Award Guide.
a. Medals and ribbons may be worn simultaneously for formal, semiformal, and/or special occasions of a limited nature (as specified by the SASI).
c. AFJROTC cadets are authorized to wear ribbons earned while enrolled in United States Army, United States Navy, or United States Marine Corps JROTC. AFJROTC cadets will wear AFJROTC ribbons above and to the left of other service JROTC ribbons or awards. Group ribbons according to service with the order of precedence determined by the regulations of each service. Other services ribbons are grouped by service in the following order: Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. Valor awards from all services are worn ahead of all other ribbons from any service. The AFJROTC Valor Awards will be worn first, with other services Valor Awards worn in the following order: Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.
1. Awareness Presentation Team Badge (APT) Awarded for participation on the Awareness Participation Team.
2. Kitty Hawk Air Society Badge Awarded to cadets who are members of the Kitty Hawk Air Society.
3. Academy Modeling of Aeronautics (AMA) Wings Awarded to cadets who have created a model of an aerospace vehicle, donated the model to the corps, written a minimum one page report on the vehicle, and presented the report orally to their flight.
4. Distinguished AFJROTC Cadet Badge This annual award recognizes one Outstanding third-year cadet selected at the end of the school year. The recipient must be of high moral character, demonstrate positive personal attributes, display outstanding military potential, and maintain consistent academic and military excellence. The SASI, in coordination with the ASIs and with the concurrence of the principal, selects the recipient of this award.
5. Aerospace Education Foundation (AEF) Academic Cadet Badge Awarded to rising Junior and Senior cadets for academic excellence as signified by attaining an overall 3.3 grade point average with no grade below C in their transcript.
6. Model Rocketry Badge Awarded to cadets who have fulfilled model rocketry program requirements.
7. Other Badges Wearing badges from other services beyond their intended purpose, badges from the regular Air Force, or other organizations on the AFJROTC uniform is prohibited. However, badges earned by cadets enrolled in a sister service JROTC program may be worn on the AFJROTC uniform in the location specified by the sister service. The AFJROTC badge location will always take precedence over the sister service badge.
E. Marksmanship Awards - Marksmanship competition awards badges may be worn on the AFJROTC uniform under the ribbons on the left pocket flap of the light blue shirt or below the ribbons on the service dress coat.
F. Shoulder Cords
Cadets are authorized to wear one shoulder cord on the left shoulder. On the service dress coat, cords should be pinned to the shoulder with the pin hidden beneath the cord. The following cords are authorized for GA-20102 cadets:
1. Senior Staff
G. Criteria and Order of Precedence of Medals and Ribbons
1. Gold Valor Award - The Gold Valor Award recognizes the most outstanding voluntary acts of self-sacrifice and personal bravery by a cadet involving conspicuous risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.
2. Silver Valor Award - The Silver Valor Award is awarded to a cadet for a voluntary act of heroism which does not meet the risk-of-life requirements of the Gold Valor Award.
3. Cadet Humanitarian Award It is intended to recognize cadets who provide aid in response to a singular extraordinary event such as a natural disaster or other catastrophe that has placed or has the potential to place a hardship on their fellow citizens.
4. Community Service with Excellence Award - It is intended to recognize those individual cadets who provide significant leadership in the planning, organizing, directing, and executing of a major unit community service project that greatly benefit the local community. This is not an award given to participants but to the key leader(s) of the project.
5. Air Force Association (AFA) Award - This AFA-sponsored award is presented annually to the outstanding third-year cadet. The award recipient must possess/meet the following personal Characteristics and eligibility criteria: Positive attitude (toward AFJROTC and school), outstanding personal appearance (uniform and grooming), display personal attributes such as initiative, judgment, and self-confidence, courteous demeanor (promptness, obedience, and respect for customs), growth potential (capacity for responsibility, high productivity, adaptability to change), possess the highest personal and ethical standards and strong positive convictions, rank in the top 5% in their AFJROTC class, and rank in the top 10% of their academic class.
6. Daedalian Award - The Order of Daedalians is a fraternity of commissioned pilots from all military services. It is named after the legendary figure, Daedalus, and was organized by WWI military pilots who sought to perpetuate the spirit of patriotism, love of country, and the high ideals of self-sacrifice which place service to the nation above personal safety and position. This award is offered to encourage the development of these traits in cadets and to interest them in a military career. This annual award recognizes one outstanding third-year cadet at each unit that meets the following criteria: demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of patriotism, love of country, and service to the nation, indicate the potential and desire to pursue a military career, rank in the top 10% of their AFJROTC class, rank in the top 20% of their school class.
7. American Legion General Military Excellence Award - This award is presented annually to one third- or fourth-year cadet based on the cadet general military excellence. Each cadet must: rank in the top 25% of their AFJROTC class, demonstrate outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character, and citizenship.
8. Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Award - This award is presented annually to one fourth-year cadet that meets the following criteria: rank in the top 25% of their AFJROTC class, rank in the top 25% of their high school class, demonstrate qualities of dependability and good character, demonstrate adherence to military discipline, possess leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of JROTC training.
9. American Veterans (AMVETS) Award - This award is presented annually to one qualified cadet that possesses individual characteristics contributing to leadership such as: a positive attitude toward Air Force JROTC programs and service in the Air Force, personal appearance (wearing of the uniform, posture, and grooming, personal attributes (initiative, dependability, judgment, and self-confidence), officer potential (capacity for responsibility, adaptability, and maintenance of high personal standards), obtained a grade of "A" in their AFJROTC class, be in good scholastic standing in all classes at the time of selection and at the time of presentation.
10. Reserve Officers Association (ROA) Award - This award is presented annually for military and academic achievement to an outstanding fourth-year cadet The recipient must possess individual characteristics contributing to leadership such as: positive attitude toward the AS curriculum, outstanding personal appearance (wear of the uniform, posture, and grooming), attributes of initiative, judgment, and self- confidence, courtesy (promptness, obedience, and respect), growth potential (capacity for responsibility, high productivity, adaptability to change), demonstrate the highest personal and ethical standards and strong positive convictions, rank in the top 10% of their AFJROTC class.
11. Military Order of World Wars Award - This award is presented annually to an outstanding cadet who has committed to continue the aerospace science program the following school year. Selection is based on outstanding accomplishments or service to the AFJROTC unit.
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13. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Award - This award presented annually to an outstanding third- or fourth-year cadet who is actively engaged in the AFJROTC program and who possesses individual characteristics contributing to leadership. Each cadet must: have a positive attitude toward AFJROTC, have outstanding military bearing and conduct, possess strong positive personal attributes (such as courtesy, dependability, punctuality, respect, and cooperation), demonstrate patriotism (being a member of the color guard or drill team) and actively promote Americanism, demonstrate leadership potential, attain a grade of "B" in AFJROTC with an overall average grade of "C" in all subjects for the previous semester, be active in student activities, not have been previous recipients of this award.
14. National Sojourners Award - This award is presented annually recognizing an outstanding second or third-year cadet who contributed the most to encourage and demonstrate Americanism within the corps of cadets and on campus. Each cadet must: be in the top 25% of their academic class, encourage and demonstrate ideals of Americanism, demonstrate potential for outstanding leadership, not have previously received the award.
15. Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Award - This award recognizes an outstanding third-year cadet. The recipient must exhibit a high degree of leadership, military bearing, and all-around excellence in AFJROTC studies and not have previously received the award. Each cadet must: be currently enrolled in the AFJROTC program, be in the top 10% of their AFJROTC class, be in the top 25% of their overall class.
16. Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction Award - This award annually recognizes an outstanding third-year cadet. Each cadet must: contribute the most to encourage Americanism by participation in extracurricular activities or community projects, demonstrate academic excellence by being in the top 25% of class, demonstrate the qualities of dependability, good character, self-discipline, good citizenship and patriotism, not have been a previous recipient of this award.
17. Military Order of the Purple Heart Award - This award annually recognizes an outstanding third- or fourth-year cadet who demonstrates leadership ability. Each cadet must: have a positive attitude toward AFJROTC and country, hold a leadership position in the cadet corps, be active in school and community affairs, attain a grade of "B" or better in all subjects for the previous semester, not have been a previous recipient of this award.
18. Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) Award - This award recognizes an outstanding third- or fourth-year cadet. The recipient must demonstrate outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character, and citizenship. Each cadet must: be in the top 25% of the AFJROTC class, demonstrate outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character, and citizenship, not have been a previous recipient of this award.
19. Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) Award - This award recognizes one deserving cadet annually (may be first, second, third, or fourth year cadet). The recipient must display a high degree of patriotism and have demonstrated a high degree of academic excellence and leadership ability.
20. Celebrate Freedom Foundation/Embry Riddle Aeronautical University JROTC Award - This ribbon goes to a second or third year cadet who has a positive attitude, outstanding personal appearance, displays initiative, judgment, self- confidence, promptness, obedience and respect for customs.
22. The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) Award - Awarded annually, at the SASI's discretion, for exceptional leadership to the most outstanding AFJROTC cadet while serving in an Enlisted Rank. The selected enlisted cadet must have shown outstanding leadership throughout the course of the school year.
23. Outstanding Cadet Ribbon - Awarded annually at the SASI's discretion to the outstanding first-year, second-year, third-year, and fourth-year cadet. The recipients must be of high moral character, demonstrate positive personal attributes, display outstanding military potential, and attain academic and military excellence.
24. Leadership Ribbon - Awarded at the SASI's discretion for outstanding performance in a position of leadership as an AFJROTC cadet in corps training activities. Limit this ribbon to 5 percent of the eligible group to ensure recognition of cadets who have consistently displayed outstanding leadership ability above and beyond expected performance.
25. Achievement Ribbon - Awarded for a significant achievement as deemed appropriate by the SASI. Limit this ribbon to 5 percent of the cadet corps. Individuals may not receive more than one ribbon during a 1-year period.
26. Superior Performance Ribbon - Awarded annually at the SASI's discretion for outstanding achievement or meritorious service rendered specifically on behalf of AFJROTC. Present the ribbon for a single or sustained performance of a superior nature. Limit this ribbon to 10 percent of the cadet corps to ensure recognition of achievements and services which are clearly outstanding and exceptional when compared to achievements and accomplishments of other cadets.
27. Distinguished Unit Award (DUA) - Awarded to cadets enrolled during the academic year when a unit is selected by HQ AFJROTC to receive the DUA. Units have to set and accomplish goals for the year to attain this award.
28. Top Performer Award - The Cadet Top Performer Award is a Headquarters, AFJROTC award presented to a maximum of 2% of the current cadet corps. Specific consideration should be given to cadets not previously recognized for superior performance. The award will recognize a cadet's performance in the following key areas: Leadership and job performance: in primary duty and specifically in preparation for the unit's triennial assessment. Leadership qualities: involvement and positions held in extracurricular activities. Academic performance: nominee must be in good academic standing in all high school course work. Significant self- improvement. Community involvement. Other accomplishments.
29. Academic Ribbon - Awarded for academic excellence as signified by attaining an overall grade point average of at least "B" for one academic term, in addition to an "A" average in AFJROTC.
30. Outstanding Flight Ribbon - Awarded each academic term to members of the outstanding flight under criteria determined by the SASI.
31. Drill Competition Ribbon - Awarded to drill team members for placing first, second or third place in an Air Force or Joint Service drill meet.
32. Cocurricular Activities Leadership Ribbon - Awarded at the SASI's discretion for leadership in AFJROTC cocurricular activities. The recipient must have demonstrated exceptional leadership in achieving objectives through the coordinated efforts of others. This award may be earned a maximum of four times.
33. Drill Team Ribbon - Awarded for distinguished participation in at least 75 percent of all drill team events per academic year, or 10 drill team events in an academic year, whichever is lower.
34. Color Guard Ribbon - Awarded for distinguished participation in at least 75 percent of all color guard events per academic year, or 10 color guard events in an academic year, whichever is lower.
35. Saber Team Ribbon - Awarded for distinguished participation in at least 75 percent of all saber team events per academic year, or 10 saber team events in an academic year, whichever is lower.
36. Service Ribbon - Awarded at the SASI's discretion for distinctive performance in school, community, or AFJROTC service projects. Limit to members whose active participation in a service project contributed significantly to the goals of the organization.
37. Extreme Excellence Challenge (E2C) Ribbon - Awarded by the SASI for participation in the Extreme Excellence Challenge (E2C) physical fitness program. All cadets who participate in the E2C program will receive the Physical Fitness Ribbon. The Bronze Star device will be awarded and worn on the ribbon to any cadet scoring in the 80-89 percentile in the E2C program. If a cadet earns a percentile score of 90-99 they will wear a Silver Star. If they receive a perfect 100 percent they will wear the Gold Star on the ribbon.
38. Recruiting Ribbon - Awarded for outstanding effort in support of unit recruiting activities. A cadet will receive the Recruiting Ribbon upon verified recruitment of a new cadet or attending a recruiting function.
39. Activities Ribbon - Awarded for participation in cocurricular activities. The SASI awards this ribbon based on cadet nomination by instructors or Senior Staff.
40. Attendance Ribbon - Awarded to cadets with no more than 4 excused absences and no unexcused absences in an academic term.
41. Good Conduct Ribbon - Awarded to cadets with no suspensions of any kind, no adverse reports from other staff or faculty in an academic term, if approved by the SASI. Zero 341s pulled during semester.
42. Dress and Appearance Ribbon - Awarded for wearing uniform on all designated uniform days and conforming to all AFJROTC dress and appearance standards, if approved by the SASI.
43. Longevity Ribbon - Awarded for completion of each year of AFJROTC.
44. Army Personal Appearance Ribbon - Awarded for a perfect 100 on no-notice uniform inspection.
45. Army Physical Fitness Ribbon - Awarded to cadets who earn a percentile score of 70 -79 on the E2C.
H. Devices - Additional awards of ribbons will be indicated by the addition of clusters. Wear a maximum of four devices on each ribbon. Place silver devices to the wearer's right of bronze devices. Replace the bronze device with a silver device after receipt of the fifth bronze device. Place clusters horizontally and tilt slightly downward to the wearer's right to allow maximum number of clusters and other devices on the ribbon. Tilt all or none. If all devices do not fit on a single ribbon, wear a second ribbon. When future awards reduce devices to a single ribbon, remove the second ribbon.