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ROTC & JROTC Recognition Program

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) awards the ROTC Medal to foster the principle of the “citizen-soldier,” exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days. This award is presented by an SAR Chapter, State-level Society, or the National Society to ROTC or JROTC cadets who are selected for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing, and general excellence. The recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the ROTC or JROTC unit, who should be given full latitude in making the selection.

SAR members are direct descendants of those patriots that achieved the independence of the American people and the objectives of the organization are intended to perpetuate a more profound reverence for the principles of the government founded by our forefathers. Such were the ideals of Captain Alden Partridge, who is considered the founder of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program in the United States. Partridge founded the ROTC because his father, Samuel Partridge, a soldier of the Revolution, had concern for the newly founded United States and its lacking a development resource for qualified military officers. SAR supports all programs that encourage historical research, foster true patriotism, and maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom. It strongly supports the United States ROTC and JROTC as exemplary programs of these ideals.

For ROTC or JROTC units with fewer than five hundred cadets or midshipmen, one ROTC or JROTC Recognition medal will be awarded each year. For larger units, one medal may be presented for every five hundred students enrolled in the unit. In cases where a school has more than one ROTC or JROTC unit, each unit is counted separately. The Silver ROTC Medal is presented only to students in a college or university ROTC unit and no recipient may receive it more than once. The Bronze JROTC Medal was authorized in 1965, and is presented only to students in secondary school JROTC and no recipient may receive it more than once. As of June 15, 1998, the U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is no longer eligible to receive the SAR JROTC Bronze Medal. Instead, the NSCC should be supported by recognizing the outstanding NSCC cadet with the SAR Bronze Good Citizenship Medal.

The winner of each state-level society competition will be entered into the National JROTC Recognition program. The winning cadet at the society level will be flown to the SAR Congress to attend, receive his or her award, and be recognized by the SAR. The award will be the National JROTC Medallion and a cash award of $2,000. level will be flown to the SAR Congress to attend, receive his or her award, and be recognized by the SAR. The award will be the National JROTC Medallion and a cash award of $2,000. A complete set of rules, along with the application for both the applicant and the sponsoring SAR members, can be found below. Please be aware that the local application deadline dates may vary, so interested applicants should reach out to their local SAR member listed below for further details.

JROTC Application and Instructions


SAR SocietyROTC & JROTC Contact
Alabama SARRichard H. Wells
137 East Poplar Street
Prattville, AL 36066-3638
(334) 546-7620
Alaska SARWalter W. John
6552 Lakeway Drive
Anchorage, AK 99502-1949
(907) 243-4768
Arkansas SARJerold W. Montgomery
137 Jeri Lane
Mountain Home, AR 72653
(870) 492-6333
Arizona SAREdward Boyd
5851 East Elmwood Street
Mesa, AZ 85205-5833
(480) 985-8108
California SARRobert R. Dickey
Colorado SARRobert Haines
1812 Montane Drive East
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 526-3051
Connecticut SARDavid J. Perkins
3 Clearview Avenue
Bethel, CT 06801-3003
(203) 797-1967
Dakota SARDonald L. Kellogg
P.O. Box 799
Edgemont, SD 57735
(605) 662-7060
Delaware SARMatthew J. Barlow, Jr.
103 Breezy Point
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971-4163
(302) 227-1466
District of Columbia SARLane Douglas Brooks
(JROTC Inquiries)
7820 Valleyfield Drive
Springfield, VA 22153-4118
(703) 915-6194

Peter A. Dixon
(ROTC Inquiries)
111 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3803
(703) 549-7428
Empire State SARBrent W. Downing
65 Erie Crescent
Fairport, NY 14450-2472
(585) 377-8416
Florida SARJames L. Gibson, Jr.
419 Bamboo Lane
Largo, FL 33770-4085
(727) 581-2709
Georgia SARDavid G. Jessel
10 College Street
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 254-8579
Hawaii SARArthur N. Tulak
745 Fort Street, Suite #311
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 518-9208
Idaho SARFrancis L. Huntley
283 Skyline Heights Drive
Orofino, ID 83544-6120
(208) 476-5783
Illinois SARCharles D. Dobias
127 Briar Ridge Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234
(618) 365-6129
Indiana SARGary C. Steinhardt
2602 Nottingham Place
West Lafayette, IN 47906-5023
(765) 426-5434
Iowa SARDoug Frazer
4410 Skyline Drive
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 868-6459
Kansas SART. Brooks Lyles, Jr.
2918 Garland Street
Leavenworth, KS 66048
(913) 680-1602
Kentucky SARJackie D. Miller
PO Box 94
Berry, KY 41003
(859) 429-3554
Louisiana SARCharles L. McNeely
1276 Highway 494
Natchitoches, LA 71457-2810
(318) 352-4897
Maine SARWayne H. Mallar
103 Essex Street
Bangor, ME 04401-5301
(207) 942-6486
Maryland SARGeorge Satterthwaite II
513 Holly Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Massachusetts SARWilliam E. Battles III
33 Marlboro Road
Brewster, MA 02631-2857
(508) 737-7561
Michigan SARMichael G. LaVean
5 East Main Street
Saranac, MI 48881
(616) 617-4939
Minnesota SARJohn H. Jones
2700 East MInnehaha Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55406-3743
(612) 721-4275
Mississippi SARAndrew M. Jones
600 South Court Street​
Cleveland, MS 38732
(662) 721-6398
Missouri SARKenneth W. Lawrence
4915 South Pratt Avenue
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 887-3322
Montana SARDaniel D. Hill
P.O. Box 10755
Bozeman, MT 58719
(406) 920-1546
Nebraska SARJohn T. Parsons
1512 Beechwood Avenue
Papillion, NE 68133-2506
(402) 339-7565
Nevada SARRoger E. Linscott
870 Matterhorn Boulevard
Reno, NV 89506-7912
(775) 972-4628
New Hampshire SARJames L. Veach
New Jersey SARChristopher D. Sands
44 Roger Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
(908) 868-1347
New Mexico SARAndrew S. Lyngar, Jr.
300-2McCombs Road, P.O. Box 86
Chaparral, NM 88081-7937
(636) 295-2154
North Carolina SARMichael T. Aycock
229 Morganwood
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
(910) 645-4764
Ohio SARTerry A. Whetstone
1761 Golfview Drive
Springfield, OH 45502-7201
(937) 399-8848
Oklahoma SARKenneth W. Young
1218 Richmond Road
Edmond, OK 73034-3243
(405) 361-7600
Oregon SARRobert A. Bogardus
4675 Goodpasture Loop, Apt. #146
Eugene, OR 97401-1569
(541) 743-1776
Pennsylvania SARRaynold L. Prusia
15063 Limber Road
Meadville, PA 16335-5331
(814) 547-2730
Rhode Island SARJohn W. Adams
131 Spencer Woods Drive
East Greenwich, RI 02818-5055
(401) 886-9078
South Carolina SARFrank Brown
190 Loring Mill Road
Sumter, SC 29150
(803) 469-2861
Tennessee SARRaymond A. Clapsadle
48 Redthorn Cove
Cordova, TN 38018-7244
(901) 754-6383
Texas SARJohn K. Thompson
10 Gate Hill Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381-3278
(281) 367-9627
Utah SARKit K. Workman
2067 West 470 North
West Point, UT 84015
(801) 540-6464
Vermont SARJames L. Barr
(ROTC Inquiries)
21 Chase Street
Burlington, VT 05401-1507
(802) 578-7076

Zachariah L. Fike
(JROTC Inquiries)
119 Overlake Drive
Georgia, VT 05454
(315) 523-3609
Virginia SARSpurgeon C. Keith, Jr.
5107 Hunting Hills Drive
Roanoke, VA 24018
(540) 725-4321
Washington SARAlan M. Mandigo
(ROTC Inquiries)
4610 29th Avenue NE
Tacoma, WA 98422-4449
(253) 241-9502

Conrad A. Plyler, Jr.
(JROTC Inquiries)
1894 Valley Avenue E
Port Orchard, WA 98366-8505
(360) 769-5910
West Virginia SARRichard I. Greathouse
16 Twin Oaks Drive
Clendenin, WV 25045
(304) 395-5425
Wisconsin SARRandolf L. Will
9706 Alderson Street, Apt. #8
Schofield, WI 54476
(715) 348-6847
Wyoming SARRonald A. Steffensmeier
1444 East Sunlight Drive
Casper, WY 82601-6800
(307) 235-4769

Previous Winners 

These young men and women are the past winners of the SAR’s ROTC & JROTC Recognition Program. 

YearWinning CadetSponsoring SAR Society
2016AJROTC Cadet Maj. Avero HowardGeorgia SAR
2015AFJROTC Cadet Maj. Roslayn CarlisiUtah SAR
2014AFJROTC Cadet Capt. Cameron A. HooverCalifornia SAR
2013AJROTC Cadet Lt. Col. Victoria Offei-DuaAlabama SAR
2012AFJROTC Cadet Maj. Jared ReeseTexas SAR

2010AFJROTC Cadet Lt. Col. Sierra McVeighFlorida SAR
2009AJROTC Cadet Capt. Wesley J. AlthausTennessee SAR
2008AJROTC Cadet Maj. Amber JohnsonIllinois SAR
2007JROTC Cadet Capt. Stephen BryantSouth Carolina SAR
2006JROTC Cadet Maj. Jacob R. CookLouisiana SAR
2005AFJROTC Cadet Maj. Michael R. CalkinsArizona SAR
2004AFJROTC Cadet Maj. Amanda M. HowardOhio SAR
2003JROTC Cadet Capt. Patrick FourrouxLouisiana SAR
2002JROTC Cadet Lt. Col. Jonathan CowardFlorida SAR
2001JROTC Cadet Lt. Col. Kayln EidschunNorth Carolina SAR
2000JROTC Cadet Maj. Nicholas J. DowningSAR ROTC & JROTC Committee and Virginia SAR
1999JROTC Cadet 2Lt. Anthony B. AguilarTexas SAR
1998NJROTC Battalion Cdr. Rosalyn PhamWashington SAR


Benefits of joining JROTC

Joining JROTC has numerous advantages. The program’s mission is to develop your patriotism, good citizenship, and appreciation for the work of the U.S. Armed Forces. Additionally, it builds leadership skills and enhances your ability to work with a team. As we discuss in Your Resume, Revamped: Securing Leadership Positions and Perfecting Your Extracurricular Profile, these are important skills to have not only for college applications, but also for your future career and throughout life.


JROTC also helps you improve your physical fitness and learn practical military-related skills. Cadets, as they’re referred to in JROTC, have the opportunity to develop these skills through participating in certain extracurricular activities or competitions between different units in skills like drills, orienteering, and marksmanship. You may also have the opportunity to earn special awards and join honor societies. If you choose to pursue a military career, you may also be able to earn or start at a higher rank.


JROTC and your college applications

Since JROTC provides you with numerous opportunities to take on challenges, compete, and earn awards and honors, participating in the program can certainly help you stand out to admissions committees. Furthermore, you may be able to join certain honor societies within branches if you maintain a particular grade point average (such as the Kitty Hawk Air Society for the Air Force JROTC), and these societies often offer opportunities for community service activities. While community service isn’t an explicit requirement for admission to most colleges, participating will reflect well on you and demonstrate that you care about helping others and bettering your community.


JROTC is a nationally known and well-respected organization that will catch the attention of admissions officers and demonstrate your sense of discipline and dedication to your country. Moreover, if you are planning on studying a related discipline, such as military history, a JROTC membership can contribute to a cohesive, specialized application profile.


While JROTC may not be for everyone, the program has a number of benefits that will help you develop good citizenry and leadership skills, as well as stand out to admissions committees. To learn more about the program, visit the JROTC website.


For more information on shaping your extracurricular profile, check out some of our posts below:


Your Resume, Revamped: Securing Leadership Positions and Perfecting Your Extracurricular Profile

Well-Rounded or Specialized?

How to Fill Out the Common App Activities Section

An Updated Guide to the 2016-17 Common App Honors Section


Interested in ROTC? Read A Guide to ROTC Scholarships.

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