ROTC / JROTC Recognition Program
The MDSSAR participates in the NSSAR ROTC/JROTC programs. This page supplements the information contained on the NSSAR website and also provides specific data for Maryland ROTC/JROTC unit participation in these programs. MDSSAR ROTC/JROTC activities are conducted at the Chapter level through an appointed ROTC/JROTC program representative. Chapter locations and contact information for these representatives are provided below.
The MDSSAR ROTC program consists of the selection of a cadet from each Maryland ROTC unit for presentation of the SAR ROTC award. The selection is made by the unit's Senior ROTC
Instructor from all of the unit's cadets, including those of other schools who participate in the host school's ROTC unit. Recipients are selected for a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence.
The selected cadet will receive the SAR Gold ROTC Medal with a ribbon bar and certificate. No recipient may receive the medal more than once. The awards are usually presented by a member of the MDSSAR Chapter at the unit's annual award ceremonies near the end of the school year.
Nomination of the cadet to receive the award must be provided to the local MDSSAR Chapter several weeks before the awards ceremony in order to prepare the certificate and arrange for a member to make the presentation. In some cases it may not be possible to have a presenter at the ceremony, in which case the medal, certificate and check will be provided to the Senior ROTC Instructor prior to the awards ceremony.
Each JROTC unit may submit the nomination of one 11th grade cadet (male or female) for the SAR Bronze JROTC Medal award each year. Each nominee is encouraged to participate in the Outstanding JROTC Cadet Competition described below. The nomination form may be found here.
Nominations for the Oustanding JROTC Cadet Competition must be received by the local MDSSAR Chapter by February 28th to be considered in the competition.
Selection of the nominee shall be by the Senior Military Science Instructor and should include merit in patriotism, leadership, military bearing, scholarship, and general excellence. The Senior Military Science Instructor may consider the writing of the essay a class assignment of all 11th grade cadets. Cadets should be encouraged to seek criticism of their draft essays from their English instructors in order to make this a true learning experience.
Selection of the Oustanding JROTC cadet at each level will be made by SAR members. Consideration will be given to the nominee's scholastic standing, grade point average, levels of aprticipation and leadership both in the JROTC, extra curricular activities, as well as the quality of the essay. Particular attention will be given to spelling, grammar, punctuation, as well as quality and applicability of the essay content. Any nominations received after March 31 or those that do not meet all of the requirements for the competition will not be considered in the competition, but such nominees will receive the JROTC Bronze Medal with Ribbon and Certificate at their annual awards ceremony.
The winner of the outstanding JROTC Cadet competition in each MDSSAR Chapter will receive the OJROTC Bronze Medallion, a ribbon with a bronze star and gold frame, a certificate, and a $50 cash award.
Nominations of the Chapter level winners are submitted to the State ROTC/JROTC Committee no later than March 15th for consideration in the State Level Outstanding JROTC Cadet competition. The winner of the State Level competition is invited to an MDSSAR function for presentation of their award, which consists of the JROTC Medallion, a framed ribbon with a silver star, a certificate, and a $200 monetary award.
The nomination of the State competition winner will be forwarded to the NSSAR Executive Director to be in his office no later than May 1st for consideration in the National Oustanding JROTC Cadet Competition. The winner of the National Competition will be invited, with a chaperone, to the NSSAR National Congress for presentation of the award. Travel expenses up to $1000 will be provided. The national award consist of the JROTC Gold Medallion with a gold framed ribbon with a gold star, a certificate and $1000 monetary award.
MDSSAR ROTC Chapter Contacts:
- Sgt. Lawrence Everhart / Frederick County
- Gen. William Smallwood / Montgomery County
- Christian Ardinger / Washington County
No ROTC or JROTC units.
- Col. John Eager Howard / Baltimore City
- Col. Nicholas Ruxton Moore / Baltimore County
- John Paul Jones / Anne Arundel County
- Col. Henry Hollingsworth / Cecil County
No ROTC or JROTC units.
- Col. Tench Tilghman / Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne's & Talbot Counties
- Col. Aquila Hall / Harford County
No ROTC or JROTC units.
- Charles Carroll of Carrollton / Howard County
No chapter ROTC/JROTC chairman.
- John Hanson / Prince George's County
- Capt. John Smoot / Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico & Worchester Counties
- Westminster / Carroll County
- Thomas Stone / Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's Counties
Also for St. Mary's County:
- Little Meadows / Alleghany & Garrett Counties
Where can I go to find more information?
Please consult the national society website for all of the most up to date official rules and procedures of the contest.
You may contact the State Chairman if you have any questions or concerns about the contest: