JROTC Award for
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Celebrate Freedom Foundation Announces 2016 JROTC Award for Excellence in Academics Program

  by CFF’s Leaders

Please read this letter first.  It provides important information concerning this year’s program.

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The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is a Federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools across the U.S. The program was originally created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalization Act.


The Celebrate Freedom Foundation sponsors the JROTC Award for Excellence in Academics Program each year to recognize cadets enrolled worldwide in U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps JROTC units who have “demonstrated excellence in academics” during the school year. JROTC instructors are strongly encouraged to nominate cadets for this prestigious award, which consists of a certificate and ribbon.

CFF’s JROTC Award for Excellence in Academics Program in one of our nation’s premiere JROTC award programs. In fact, beginning with the 2015 Program, the Foundation distributed newly-designed certificates — the most attractive yet — and ribbons on schedule to meet fast-approaching presentation dates. The CFF also added a new but optional component to the program — an essay contest — to allow JROTC cadets to compete for additional recognition. 


Deadlines for JROTC Award Presentations Scheduled from Jan. through June 2016,
Including Deadline for Essay Competition


Certificates have been improved, and shipping procedures have been adjusted this year to make it easier for JROTC instructors to present awards from January through June 2016. Nominations MUST be made as follows: Dec. 15, 2015 for presentations in January; Jan. 1, 2016 for February; Feb. 1 for March; March 1 for April; and May 1 for June.  Essays (optional) must be received by the following deadline: 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2016. Nominations will be accepted anytime, but award packages will be shipped to meet presentation dates IF nominations are submitted by the forementioned deadlines. Nominations also will be confirmed by e-mail AFTER forms and fees have been received. Incomplete nomination forms will be rejected and fees refunded.

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Lori Wicker
Chair of the 2016 CFF JROTC Award for
Excellence in Academics Program
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Winners of the 2015 JROTC Award for Excellence in Academics (including essay winners) are posted here. An article concerning last year’s successful program is posted here.


Cadets, nominated for this award, must demonstrate the following personal characteristics to be eligible for nomination:

  • 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 and adaptability to change)

  • The highest personal and ethical standards and strong positive convictions

  • The potential and desire to pursue a military career

  • Rank in the top 5 percent in his/her AS class with a grade average of A or numerical equivalent rank in the top 15 percent of his/her academic class

  • A positive attitude (toward JROTC and school)

Cadets must also be must be nominated by their JROTC instructor for the award.

REPLACEMENT RIBBONS:  For replacement ribbons, please click here.


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