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Chapter 4





4.1.  Cadet Grade (Rank).  There are two grades a cadet may hold ... a permanent grade and/or a temporary grade.  All references to a cadet grade will have the word "Cadet" as part of the cadet grade, i.e. Cadet Major Josh Smith.  Grade is represented by standardized AFJROTC insignia (Figure 4.1) which are worn on the cadet uniform. Cadets must also know and recognize active military service grades (Figure 4.2).


4.1.1.  Permanent Grade.  This grade is commensurate with PERFORMANCE.  A cadet must show satisfactory performance during any given semester in order for him/her to be awarded the grade on a permanent basis at the beginning of the following semester.  


4.1.2.  Temporary Grade.  Cadets will be awarded on cadet orders a temporary grade based on their cadet job and their performance.  Since the grade is temporary, it will not necessarily be carried over from one semester to another. PERFORMANCE IS THE SOLE DETERMINING CRITERIA TO NOT ONLY ACHIEVING THE TEMPORARY GRADE BUT TO ALSO RETAINING IT.  Officer grades are hard to achieve and will normally be awarded to only seniors and some junior cadets. A maximum of 15% of the cadet enrollment (as of 1 October) will be reserved for officer grades. Thus, a cadet officer's entire academic record and conduct will be closely scrutinized by the SASI to determine if  officer grades will be awarded and retained. A cadet will wear the insignia of the cadet temporary grade. Normally, cadets will not hold a temporary grade higher than the maximum grade authorized for the job in the Unit Manning Document (UMD), Figure 1.4.


4.1.3.  Transfer Students.  Cadets who transfer from another JROTC program will temporarily assume their permanent and temporary grades they had earned in their last unit.  The instructor staff will request their cadet records from the losing unit. Upon receipt, the instructor staff will evaluate the cadet’s record and permanently award on orders the appropriate grade and position title.




4.2.  Hazing.  Hazing of cadets will not be tolerated and is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.  SASI/ASI will deal harshly with any cadets who use their leadership position, seniority, or rank/grade to engage in behavior, physical or verbal, that is demeaning, retaliatory, or dangerous for personal gain.  This prohibition includes directing a cadet to do pushups or other physical activities for punishment or to directing comments towards a cadet that can be interpreted as threatening, demeaning, or containing prejudicial comments or overtones.  The SASI will brief all cadets on this policy in August and January.


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4.3. Promotions.  The cadet promotion system promotes: cadets to permanent grades commensurate with the number of years of successful completion of AFJROTC;  cadets to fill positions; and exceptional performers. The cadet job assignment system places cadets in leadership positions where they can demonstrate and refine their leadership skills.  Promotions and assignments are not based solely on past performance, but on the cadet's potential and willingness to assume positions of increased responsibility. Promotions are tied to assignment to leadership positions where a cadet can make and learn from their mistakes.  PERFORMANCE is the key to being promoted.


4.3.1.  Responsibilities.  The SASI is responsible for promoting and demoting cadets and assigning cadets to positions outlined in the UMD.  The incoming and outgoing Cadet Group Commanders will submit staff position recommendations to the ASI, who in turn will scrutinize closely and then submit final recommendations to the SASI for his approval.    


4.6.  Promotion Boards


4.6.1.  The SASI will convene the Cadet Action Board to act as a cadet promotion board in December and April by official memorandum, which will state when the board will convene and when written matters must be submitted for promotion consideration. The Cadet Group Commander will chair the promotion board and the Mission Support Flight Chief will record the proceedings.  


4.6.2.  Proceedings.  Although the proceedings are closed, any cadet or supervisor may submit promotion matters they want considered by the board.   As a minimum the board will review the cadet's records, evaluations, and any written correspondence when determining whether a cadet should be promoted.  The Chief, Public Affairs will recognize those who were promoted, notify parents, and publish articles for cadet, school, and other publications.


4.74. Promotion and Job Assignment  Selection Criteria:


4.74.1.  Academic and Leadership Performance.  How well do cadets perform in all their academic studies and the AFJROTC leadership lab?  Do they complete assignments, seek out responsibility, and work well with other cadets?


4.74.2.  Leadership and Management.  How well do cadets perform assigned duties?  Are the cadets considerate of the needs of others?  Do they maximize use of available resources? Can they motivate cadets or do they do all the work themselves?  Do they serve as good role models? Do they manage time well? Have they shown leadership potential? Do they need an opportunity to exhibit their leadership potential?


4.74.3.  Cocurricular Activities.  To what degree do they participate in cadet activities within schoolwork constraints and other obligations?  Do they volunteer for community, school, and Corps service activities? If they are active in other school activities, do they assume and seek out leadership positions?  

4.47.4.  Responsibility and Conduct.  How well does the cadet accept school and AFJROTC duties and responsibilities?  Is the cadet punctual? Does the cadet set the example by adhering to class rules?  Can the cadet follow simple instructions? Does the cadet take responsibility for his/her actions and other cadets assigned to him/her?  Does the cadet serve as a positive role model for other cadets in conduct, uniform wear, and personal appearance? Does the cadet assume training responsibilities for other cadets?  Is the cadet an active and positive spokesperson for the AFJROTC program? Does the cadet display a positive attitude?


4.74.5.  Cadet Leadership Course.  Cadets must complete Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) if he/she wishes to compete for Officer status.  Only the SASI may approve any exception to this policy.


4.85.  Demotions.  Cadets may be demoted one or more grades by order of the SASI for conduct unbecoming a cadet and/or unsatisfactory performance.  Also, administrative demotion of one grade may be applied to any cadet officer or senior NCO whose grade point average drops below 2.0 at the end of the semester.


4.96.  Job Assignment Policies:


4.96.1. Fourth year cadets receive priority for assignment to the senior cadet staff, commanders, and officer positions.  If there is a lack of qualified fourth year cadets, then qualified 2PndP and 3PrdP  cadets will be considered for officer positions.


4.96.2.  Cadets initially assigned to cadet positions will normally be awarded a grade below the maximum authorized for the position in the cadet UMD.  This is an incentive for the cadet to continue to perform to be eligible for promotion to the highest grade authorized for the position.

4.96.3.  Upon the ASI’s recommendation and school principal’s concurrence, the SASI will assign the Cadet Corps Commander.  The SASI may also seek out recommendations from teachers, counselors, assistant principals, and coaches.


4.96.4.  The Cadet Group Commander and all other key staff members and commanders will normally serve in their positions for one semester.  The Group and Deputy Group Commanders for the first semester assume their responsibilities as of the Change of Command Ceremony held the second semester of the prior academic year. All other commanders and key staff members assume their responsibilities in August until a change of command ceremony takes place in January. At that time another staff assumes command until a change of command ceremony takes place in the April-May timeframe.  Rotating the staff after each semester offers more cadets an opportunity to assume positions of responsibility where they can apply the leadership techniques acquired in the leadership portion of the curriculum. Only the SASI can approve extensions beyond a semester.


4.9.5.  The Information Management Chief will publish and post the promotion/demotion list in October, January, and March.  Position assignments’ list will be published and posted in September and January. Position assignment and grade change amendments to correct errors and  to assign and change jobs will be published as required. Change of command orders will be published in January and April. Promotions for exceptional performers will  be published and posted in January and April.


4.96.6.  Cadets promoted to cadet officer and senior noncommissioned officer (E-7 through E-9) rank must maintain at least a "B" average in their aerospace science courses and an overall "C' school grade point average (2.0).  Should cadets not meet these standards, then the SASI will place them on probation for the next grading period. If the cadet fails to achieve these minimum standards while on probation, the SASI may reduce them in grade and remove them from the position.  Cadets can appeal this decision within 10 calendar days of notification to the SASI for final review and action.


4.96.7.  All other cadets must maintain a "C" average in AFJROTC courses to be eligible for temporary promotion. A "D" in an AFJROTC course makes a cadet ineligible for temporary promotion but not for consideration for permanent promotion.  If a cadet fails AFJROTC, then they are ineligible for permanent promotion.

4.96.8. First year cadets who participate or have participated in Civil Air Patrol and/or scouting where they were

Eagle Scouts or Gold Award recipients are eligible for promotion to Cadet Staff Sergeant and assignment to first level leadership positions such as that of  Flight Sergeant.


4.96.9.  The SASI may award the permanent grade that cadets  transferring from other JROTC programs earned at their last unit. The SASI will first request the cadet records from the losing unit.  Upon receipt of the cadet records, the SASI will evaluate the records and then decide if awarding the permanent grade is warranted based on the strength of the records.


4.96.10.  All probation letters, promotions, demotions, and notification letters will be filed in the cadet's personnel record which he/she can review at any time.  Cadet records are maintained and secured in the AFJROTC Instructor office. Upon transferring to a new unit, cadets cannot hand carry their cadet records. Instead, their gaining unit must request their cadet records upon the cadet's enrollment in their program.




4.107. Objective.  The cadet evaluation system documents performance for cadet promotions, awards, job assignments; teaches cadets how to evaluate and provide constructive feedback; and introduces all cadets to a job evaluation system.


4.107.1. Procedures.  Supervisors will provide their expectations to all their assigned cadets by 30 September and 31 January.  Supervisors (raters) will then provide performance feedback on a continuous basis, which will be documented on the final evaluation.  First semester supervisors will write cadet evaluations (Figure 4.3) by 1 December while second semester supervisors will write one by 15 April.  These evaluations will be shown to the cadet (ratee).


4.107.2.  The ratees will review their reports and sign them while showing their concurrence or nonconcurrence.  If the ratee nonconcurs, he/she must state the reason(s) why in writing. Afterwards, the report is forwarded to the next

person in the chain of command who will also review it and indicate his/her agreement or disagreement with the appeal and forward it up to the next level for review.  This happens at all levels of review until the report reaches the final reviewing authority, the SASI, who will notify the cadet of the final action on his/her appeal.  Lastly, the report is filed in the cadet’s personnel folder.



4.118.  KLEIN High School  AFJROTC Service “K” Letter.


4.118.1.  Purpose. The Klein High School AFJROTC Service "K" Letter recognizes cadets who accumulate 3000 points for AFJROTC extracurricular participation, community service, awards, AFJROTC sponsored activities

participation, AFJROTC training completion,, awareness presentations, and letters of appreciation and commendations.  Points are cumulative and carry over to the next school year. The SASI makes the final determination in awarding points.  


4.118.2.  Award. Initial award is the Klein High School "K" letter which may be worn on the Klein High School letter jackets.  Follow-on awards consist of devices which are attached to the "K" letter.


4.118.3.  Award Criteria:   See Figure 4.4.


4.129.  AFJROTC TX-20005  "Second to None " Award Program.


4.129.1.  Purpose. Recognizes cadets each semester who meet or exceed all of the following criteria:  Earned during the semester the Academic, Dress & Appearance, Good Conduct, Attendance, Physical Training, and Service Ribbons.  Receive a satisfactory rating on their cadet evaluation and are recommended for promotion.

4.129.2.   Award. Cadets earning the "Second to None " award will be awarded Certificates of Achievement, and the Sustained Superior Performance Award.  


4.130.  AFJROTC and Nationally Sponsored Cadet Awards.   Awards are described in Figure 4.5. The ASI recommends to the SASI those cadets deserving AFJROTC sponsored awards.  AFJROTC cadet award ribbons are shown on page 65 in order of importance and wear. On the other hand, the Cadet Action Board will meet in February to recommend to the ASI and SASI those cadets deserving Nationally Sponsored awards.


4.141.  Cadet of the Month/Semester Awards.  These awards promote personal excellence and teamwork within the unit during each month/semester.  Cadets will be grouped into three separate categories (AS-100, 200, 300/400) when competing for these awards.  Thus, three cadets will be selected each month/semester for these awards. The ASI will submit his nominees to the SASI for his approval. The awards are based on the "whole person" concept which includes academic excellence; teamwork; cooperation with  the flight commander and instructors; uniform wear and personal appearance excellence; school, community, and corps involvement; and conduct.


4.141.1.  Recognition.  Each of the selected cadets will receive a certificate of recognition;  maximum publicity in school, community, and Corps publications; a notification to parents; credit for the AFJROTC service award; and priority selection for any incentive flights.  Additionally, their name, AS class year and date they earned the award will be engraved on the corresponding Cadet of the Month Award Plaque displayed in the AFJROTC classroom.


4.152.  Flight of the Month/Semester Awards.  Recognizes the flights that work as a team to excel in AFJROTC academics, uniform wear and personal appearance, and drill competition.  The overall academics, uniform wear, and personal appearance score will be the average for all flight members. AS-100 flights will compete in one category while the AS-200/300 flights will compete in the other.  Awards will be presented to each category. AS-400 cadets will not compete for these awards.  The drill sequence for the monthly competitions will be given to each  flight commander early in the semester and practice times will be set aside.  The last drill competition of the semester will determine both the Flight of the Month for that given month (December or May) and Semester Award winners with only one exception.  The class semester averages will be considered for the Flight of the Semester competition.

4.152.1.  Recognition.   Flight of the Month and Semester Award winners will be recognized as follows:  Each Flight of the Month (AS-100 and AS-200/300) will be presented a streamer for their flight guidon. In addition, a picture of the flight will be displayed in the classroom during the month the award was earned and the flight’s designation (i.e., Alpha, Bravo, etc.) and month earned will be engraved on the plaque displayed in the classroom.  Each member of the Flight of the Semester will receive the outstanding flight ribbon and the flight commander will receive an award streamer for their flight guidon.  Additionally, the flight’s designation and the semester for which it was earned will be engraved on the plaque displayed in the classroom.


4.163.  Flight Commander of the Month/Semester.  The SASI and ASI will select a flight commander from each category (AS-100 and AS-200/300) as the Flight Commander of the Month and/or Semester.  It will be tied into the Flight of the Month/Semester Award competition.


4.163.1.  Recognition.   Each of the selected cadets will receive a certificate of recognition;  maximum publicity in school, community, and Corps publications; a notification to parents; and priority selection for any incentive flights.  Additionally, their name, AS status (100 or 200/300) and date they earned the award will be engraved on the corresponding Flight Commander of the Month or Semester Award Plaques displayed in the AFJROTC classroom.  






4.174.  Certificates of Completion.  Presented to a cadet in good standing who has successfully completed at least three years of AFJROTC.  SASI/ASI reviews the entire period of enrollment and determines if a certificate is to be issued, since the SASI certifies to the armed services that the cadet has earned and deserves training credit.  Cadets must have this certificate in their possession when enrolling in a senior ROTC program at a college/university or when enlisting in the armed services in order to receive the following training credit:


4.174.1.  Excused from one year of the General Military Course (GMC) of the college AFROTC program.  Must contact the Professor of Aerospace Science (PAS) at the college or university where the cadet is enrolled to receive training credit.


4.174.2.  Enlistment in pay grade E-3 in the Navy or Air Force and E-2 in the Marine Corps or Army after completion of basic training.  Provides immediate substantial monetary benefit and accelerated promotion ahead of other enlistees who enter active duty at the same time.


4.185.  Certificate of Training.  Presented to a senior cadet in good standing who successfully completes two years of  AFJROTC. Like the Certificate of Completion, the SASI will review the cadet's entire enrollment to determine if a certificate of training is to be awarded.  Cadets must have the certificate in their possession when enrolling in a senior ROTC program at a college/university or when enlisting in the armed services in order to receive the following training credit:


4.185.1 Excused from one semester of  GMC of a college’s AFROTC program. The PAS must be contacted upon enrollment at the college or university with the AFROTC program.


4.185.2.  Enlistment in pay grade E-2 in the Army, Navy, or Air Force after completion of basic training.  Provides immediate monetary benefit and accelerated promotion ahead of other enlistees who enter active duty at the same time.


4.196.  Eligibility.  These certificates are very important documents and are not awarded automatically based solely on academic grades.  Total performance, attitude, and conduct is considered and it is possible to successfully complete the AFJROTC courses but not be awarded a certificate.  The SASI determines whether or not a certificate will be issued.



4.207. AFROTC Scholarship Program.  Intended for high school seniors or graduates who haven’t enrolled as full

time college students.  Scholarships are awarded on individual merit, not on financial need.  The SASI nominates JROTC cadets to Headquarters Air Force ROTC. Once selected, students enroll in the AFROTC program at an accredited university of their choice.  Accepting a scholarship carries an active duty service commitment as a

commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force upon graduating from the university.  Consult with the SASI for more detailed information.


4.207.1.  AFROTC scholarships cover the cost of tuition, books, supplies, and pays the student a monthly stipend for personal expenses ($300/freshmen, $350/sophomores, $400/juniors, and $500/seniors).


4.207.2.    Eligibility.  A minimum SAT score of 1100 (Math and Verbal portion only) or a minimum ACT score of 24.  Also, a minimum unweighted grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a class ranking in the top 40%.

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Figure 4.1.  AFJROTC Insignia





























Figure 4.1.  AFJROTC Insignia (Continuation)


Figure 4.2.  Air Force Insignia



















Figure 4.3.  Cadet Evaluation Form


Figure 4.3.  Cadet Evaluation Form  (Continuation)




































Figure 4.4.  AFJROTC Service Letter


Klein High School “K” Letter with AFJROTC


CADETS MUST:  Be in good academic standing with no history of disciplinary infractions.  Accumulate 3,000 service points by receiving credit for participating in the following activities which is not an all-inclusive list.   Service points carry over from one school year to another.




1.  Have successfully completed two full years of AFJROTC.

2.  Be in good standing with at least a B average in AFLROTC.

3.  Earn at least seven distinct ribbons.

4.  Have accumulated 30 service hours.




Attend practice (Armed, Unarmed, Honor Guard, PT)                                2ea

Participate in a performance (school/community) as a drill member         50

Perform in competition 75

             Placed in competition                                                                                125


Participate in ROTC community service project                                                      10 pts pr hr


Cadet of the Month 100


Cadet of the Semester 125


Flight Commander of the Month 100


Flight Commander of the Semester 125


Outstanding Cadet, Leadership, and Superior Performance Ribbons 100


Achievement, Top Performer Award                                                          100


National Award Recognition Recipient  (AFA , VFW etc) 100


AFJROTC and/or School Sanctioned/Sponsored Contest

Submit an Entry  50

Honorable Mention or  Receive Recognition  75

Winner 100


Unit Awards

Distinguished Unit Award 100

Outstanding Flight of the  Semester   50


Recipient of AFJROTC Sponsored Award Not Indicated Above  50 ea.

(Activities, Academic, ,Service, Recruiting etc)


Figure 4.4.  AFJROTC Service Letter


Klein High School “K” Letter with AFJROTC (Continuation)




AFJROTC Sponsored Badge (Flight, Ground School, etc)    50 ea.


After School Physical Training (PT) Participation      4 pr practice


A Honor Roll pr Semester 100


AB Honor Roll   75


National Honor Society 150


Achieve Klein Recognition in Extracurricular Activities   75


Attend Dining In/Out or Military Ball   50


ie.,  Complete Cadet Leadership Course 100


Distinguished Graduate at CLC 125


Honor Graduate at Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) 150


Make Presentation to School or Community Audience   75

(i.e., DARE, Recruiting, etc.)


Graduate from Boot Camp   50


Kitty Hawk Membership 100



Attend Rocketry/ Flight Simulator Practice                                                                2 per practice


Launch Rockets 100


For more items not listed, go to the KHS AFJROTC website for a better detailed spread sheet.



Figure 4.5.  AFJROTC and Nationally Sponsored Awards





Ground School complete an honors ground school curriculum option Badge

Badge or complete an aviation ground school program

(All Cadets) prescribed by the FAA.


Flight Solo Badge possess a solo flight certificate signed by a FAA Badge

(All Cadets) certified flight instructor for either powered or

unpowered aircraft.


Flight Certificate possess a FAA flight examiner pilot’s certificate for Badge

Badge either powered or unpowered aircraft.

(All Cadets)


Awareness Presentation participate in at least 75% of APT Team activities Badge

Team (APT) Badge (APT Team practices and scheduled events).

(All Cadets) NOTE:  Awarded Only Once


Kitty Hawk Air be a member of the Kitty Hawk Air Society. Badge

Society Badge

(All Cadets)


American Modeling be a member of a local AMA chartered model airplane Badge

Association Wings club.

(All Cadets)


Distinguished -  display high morals, positive character, Badge

AFJROTC Cadet outstanding military potential, and excellence Certificate

(AS III/Junior) in academics and AFJROTC.

-  be a third-year cadet to be eligible for this award.

-  Been previously awarded:

Leadership Ribbon

Achievement Ribbon

Superior Performance Ribbon

Academic Ribbon

Cocurricular Activities Leadership Ribbon

Service Ribbon


Figure 4.5.  AFJROTC and Nationally  Sponsored Awards (Cont.)





Aerospace Education - have attained academic excellence by achieving an Badge

Foundation (AEF) overall 3.3 grade point average with no grade below

Academic Cadet “C” on their transcript




Model Rocketry Badge have fulfilled all model rocketry program requirements. Badge

(All Cadets)                             


Valor GOLD:  do voluntary act of bravery and self Medal

(All Cadets) sacrifice involving conspicuous risk of life Ribbon

beyond the Call of Duty. Citation


SILVER:  do voluntary act of heroism which

does not involve risk of life.


Humanitarian - do a humanitarian act above the Call of Duty. Ribbon

(All Cadets)


Community Service - awarded for providing significant leadership in Ribbon

With Excellence Award a major unit community service project that greatly Certificate

benefit the local community.

- must be approved by HQ AFJROTC


Air Force -  display a positive attitude toward Medal

Association AFJROTC and the school. Ribbon

Award (AFA) -  display excellent personal attributes such as

(AS III) initiative, judgment, self-confidence, promptness,

obedience, and respect  for customs).

-  show growth potential (capacity for responsibility,

high productivity, and adaptability to changes).

-  rank in the top 5% in his/her AS class.

-  rank in the top 10% of his/her academic class.

-  project outstanding personal appearance

(uniform and grooming).


Daedalian -  demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Medal

(AS III) patriotism, love of country, and service to the nation. Ribbon

-  show the potential and desire to pursue a military career.

-  rank in the top 10% of his/her AS class.

-  rank in the top 20% of his/her school class



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Figure 4.5.  AFJROTC and Nationally  Sponsored Awards (Cont.)





American Legion -  rank in the top 10% of his/ her high school class. Medal

Scholastic -  rank in the top 20% of his/her AS class. Ribbon

(AS III or IV) -  demonstrate leadership qualities.

-  actively participate in student activities.


American Legion -  rank in the top 25% of his/her AFJROTC class. Medal

General Military -  demonstrate outstanding qualities in military leadership, Ribbon

Excellence  discipline, character, and citizenship.

(AS III or IV)


Daughters of  the -  rank in the top 25% of his/her AS class. Medal

American Revolution -  rank in the top 25% of his/her high school class. Ribbon

(DAR) Award -  demonstrate qualities of dependability and good character.

(AS IV) -  adhere to military discipline.

-  possess leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic

 understanding of the importance of ROTC training.


Daughters of American -  rank in the top 25% of his/her AS class. Medal

Colonists Award -  rank in the top 25% of his/her high school class. Ribbon

(AS II, III, or IV) -  demonstrate qualities of dependability and good character.

-  adhere to military discipline.

-  possess leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic

 understanding of the importance of ROTC training.


American Veterans -  have a positive attitude toward Air Force ROTC programs. Medal

(AMVETS) Award -  project excellent personal appearance qualities Ribbon

(All Cadets) (i.e., wearing of the uniform, posture, and grooming,

but not physical characteristics per se).

-  display excellent personal attributes (i.e., initiative,

dependability, judgment, and self-confidence.

-  show excellent officer potential (i.e., highly responsible,

adaptable, and able to maintain high personal standards)

-  obtain a grade of  "A" (or the numerical equivalent) in

his/her AS class.

-  be in good scholastic standing in all classes at the time of

   selection and at the time of presentation.   


Reserve Officers -  show a positive attitude toward the AS curriculum. Medal

Association (ROA) -  display outstanding personal appearance (wear of the Ribbon

Award (AS IV) uniform, posture, and grooming). Certificate

-  possess superb attributes of initiative, judgment, and


-  show growth potential (capacity of responsibility, high

productivity, adaptability toward changes).

-  rank in the top 10% of their AS class

Figure 4.5.  AFJROTC and Nationally  Sponsored Awards (Cont.)





Military Order of -  excel in academics and military training. Medal

World Wars -  actively participate in extracurricular activities. Certificate

Award -  want to serve our country and to continue in AFJROTC. Ribbon

(All Cadets)


The Military Officers -  be a member of the junior class. Medal

Association of America -  be in good academic standing. Ribbon

(AS III) -  be of high moral character.

-  show a high order of loyalty to the unit, school, and


-  show exceptional potential for military leadership.


Veterans of -  have a positive attitude toward AFJROTC. Medal

Foreign Wars -  have outstanding military bearing and conduct. Ribbon

Award -  possess strong positive personal attributes (such as

(AS III or IV) 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 a previous recipient of this award.


National Sojourners -  be in the top 25% of his/her academic class. Ribbon

Award -  encourage and demonstrate ideals of Americanism. Medal

(AS II or III) -  demonstrate potential for outstanding leadership. Certificate

-  not have previously received this award.


Sons of the -  be currently enrolled in the AFJROTC program. Medal

American -  be in the top 10% of his/her AFJROTC class. Ribbon

Revolution (SAR) -  be in the top 50% of his/her overall class.      



Sons of Union Veterans -  be currently enrolled in the AFJROTC program. Medal

of the Civil War -  be in the top 10% of his/her AFJROTC class. Ribbon

(AS-II or AS-III) -  be in the top 50% of his/her overall class.


Scottish Rite, -  contribute the most to encourage Americanism by Medal

Southern Jurisdiction participating in extracurricular activities or community Ribbon

Award projects. Certificate

(AS III) -  demonstrate academic excellence by being in the

top 25% of his/her class.

Figure 4.5.  AFJROTC and Nationally  Sponsored Awards (Cont.)





Military Order of -  have a positive attitude toward AFJROTC and country. Medal

the Purple Heart -  hold a leadership position in the cadet corps. Ribbon

Award -  be active in school and community affairs.

(AS III or IV) -  attain a grade of  “B” or better in all subjects for the

previous semester.

-  not have been a previous recipient of this award.


Air Force Sergeants -  be in the top 25% of the AFJROTC class. Medal

Association Award -  demonstrate outstanding qualities in military leadership, Ribbon

(AFSA) discipline, character, and citizenship.

(AS III or AS IV) -  not have been a previous recipient of this award.


Tuskegee Airman -  actively participate in cadet corps activities. Ribbon

Incorporated (TAI) -  attain a grade of  “B” or better in his/her AS class. Certificate

AFJROTC Award -  be in good academic standing.

(Two Annually/All -  participate in at least 50% of all unit service programs.



Aerospace Education AEF and Air Force Association (AFA) Contest Category Cash

Foundation (AEF) held annually.   Plaque


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AFJROTC Video Certificate


(All Cadets)


Freedoms Foundation Annual essay contest for cadets in ROTC programs. Savings Bond

at Valley Forge (FFVF) Competition is interservice and nationwide. Medal

National Awards (Top winner invited to Valley Forge, at no expense,

Military Contest to receive award).(All Cadets)


US Space and Missile Four scholarships awarded annually to AFJROTC cadets. Scholarship

Center Aviation Primary and Alternate from each Region recognized during

Challenge Scholarship Annual Inspection conducted by an Air Force official.

Program Subsidizes Transportation, Room and Board, and Tuition

(All Cadets) for Aviation Challenge Program


Outstanding Cadet -  demonstrate high moral character. Ribbon

(One cadet from AS-100, -  demonstrate positive personal attributes.

AS-200, and AS-300/400) -  display outstanding military potential.

-  attain academic and military excellence.


Figure 4.5.  AFJROTC and Nationally  Sponsored Awards (Cont.)





Leadership Ribbon -  be assigned and excel in a leadership position. Ribbon

(5% of Cadets -  perform outstandingly.



Achievement Ribbon -  accomplish documented significant achievement Ribbon

(5% of Cadets) (i.e., Community Service, ROTC Scholarship, Academy

                               Appointment, National Contest Winner, Athletic

        Achievement, Valedictorian/Salutatorian, etc.)

-  not receive more than one ribbon during a 1-year



Superior Performance -  have had a single or sustained performance of a superior Ribbon

Ribbon nature (National Merit Finalist, Yearbook Editor, Most

(10% of Cadets) Valuable Athlete, Outstanding Performer in a community

sanctioned activity).


Distinguished Unit -  be enrolled in AFJROTC during the period a unit’s Ribbon

Award “Outstanding” rating is earned.

(All Cadets)


Academic Ribbon -  attain "A" average in AFJROTC and  an overall "B" Ribbon

(All Cadets) average with no grade below a 75 (C average) during a

academic term


Outstanding Flight -  be assigned to an Outstanding  Flight during the Ribbon

Ribbon designated academic/training period.

(All Cadets)


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Leadership School -  have completed an approved  summer leadership Ribbon

Ribbon program of at least 5 days duration.

(All Cadets)


Special Teams      - awarded to drill team members for “placing” no Ribbon

Competition Ribbon lower than third in an Air Force or Joint Service

drill meet.


Orienteering Awarded to team members for “placing” no lower than Ribbon

Competition third in an orienteering meet.


Cocurricular Activities -  demonstrate exceptional leadership in achieving Ribbon

Leadership Ribbon objectives through the coordinated efforts of others.

(All Cadets) Example:  (Dining In/Out, Military Ball, Dance,

Newsletter Editor, Drill/Honor Guard/Color

Guard/Rifle Team Commander, Orientation

Program Coordinator, etc.)


AFJROTC TX-20005 Cadet Handbook

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Figure 4.5.  AFJROTC and Nationally  Sponsored Awards (Cont.)





Drill Team Ribbon -  competed in at least two Drill Meets during the Ribbon



Color Guard Ribbon -  competed in at least two Drill Meets during the Ribbon



Service Ribbon -  show distinctive performance in school, community, Ribbon

(All Cadets) or AFJROTC Service Projects for a minimum of 10 hours

each semester not including Drill or Color Guard.


Longevity Ribbon Awarded for completion of each AS year Ribbon

(All Cadets)


Health and Wellness -  successfully complete the physical fitness program Ribbon

Ribbon (All Cadets)           and physical fitness test.

                         -  meet any other local criteria established by the ASI

(will be briefed at the beginning of the school year).


Recruiting Ribbon -  enroll at least 2 quality cadets that remain a minimum          Ribbon

(All Cadets) of 1 semester.


Activities Ribbon -  participate in cocurricular- Non-ROTC competitive Ribbon

(All Cadets) activities such as sports, band, HOSA, etc.



Attendance Ribbon -  not have no more than 4 excused absences Ribbon

(All Cadets) and no unexcused absences in an academic term. 5 tardies

                                          Equals 1 day of absence.


Good Conduct Ribbon -  not have no suspensions of any kind nor any Ribbon

(All Cadets) adverse reports from other staff or faculty in an

academic term.

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Dress and Appearance -  wear his/her uniform on all designated uniform Ribbon

Ribbon days and conform with all AFJROTC dress and

(25% of Cadets) appearance standards.

-  meet any other local criteria established by the ASI


Top Performer Award - displayed outstanding leadership and job performance Ribbon/Certificate

(2% of cadets) in his/her primary duty; specifically, in preparation for

the unit’s annual assessment.

- SASI nominates candidates to the Area Administrator


Second to None             - earned during the semester the Academic, Dress &                  Ribbon/Certificate

                                        Appearance, Good Conduct, Attendance, Physical Training,

                                        and Service Ribbons. Earns a Superior Performance Ribbon

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