JROTC Cadet of the Year

VFW Award for special recognition of outstanding achievement and exceptional leadership for Junior ROTC Cadets. This award seeks to recognize a remarkable cadet who will become a leader in their community and serve their country.
Possession of individual characteristics contributing to leadership including:
  • A positive attitude toward the JROTC program
  • Outstanding military bearing and conduct both in and out of uniform
  • Personal attributes (self-confidence, initiative, flexibility, judgement)
  • Patriotism (Commander or member of the color guard, drill team with or without arms, flag protocol instruction team, and actively promote Americanism). Shows devotion to school, community, America. An individual(s) who practices service through repeated acts of support.
  • Courtesy (dependability, punctuality, human relations, respect, cooperation).
  • Growth and potential (capable of assuming high leadership responsibilities in JROTC Unit with additional training and experience).
  • Demonstrated leadership potential, military bearing, and scholastic achievement.
  •  Attainment of a grade of “B” (or higher) in JROTC with an overall average of “C” (or higher) in all subjects for the previous semester. Must not have a failing grade in any subject for that period of time.
  • Must be active in at least one other student co-curricular activity or club: i.e. music, athletics, student government, junior achievement, etc.
  • Must not have been a previous recipient of the award.
  • Must have participated in this year’s VFW Voice of Democracy audio essay contest.

Any 10th, 11th, or 12th grade student that is currently enrolled as a JROTC Cadet actively engaged in the JROTC program, and who meets the criteria for the award.
Award: The JROTC Cadet of the Year will receive a distinctive plaque from the Department and will be forwarded to National as Georgia’s entry in the national competition.
Procedure: Post must submit entries NLT March 31 to adj@georgiavfw.org or by mail to Georgia VFW, PO Box 3025, Macon GA 31205.
Nominations can be submitted using the 2024 JROTC Entry Form.