JROTC & ROTCJROTC & ROTC

What is JROTC?

JROTC stands for Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, and this program is offered at all seven CMCSS high schools. Students within the program are provided leadership and skills-based training while preparing for a potential military career and post-secondary education. Across the nation, there are three branches in which JROTC programs are offered Army, Air Force, and the Navy/Marines.

CMCSS students who are involved with JROTC programs are actively involved in community service, academic pursuits, and additional opportunities inside and outside of school. 


CMCSS JROTC cadets are often selected to compete and/or serve at both regional and national events.

The US Army JROTC Curriculum is accredited by Cognia. On average, CMCSS has on average over 1,300 students enrolled in the JROTC program each year.

Austin Peay University ROTC Programs - Governor's Guard

The Governors Guard is an esteemed ROTC detachment within the United States Army’s Cadet Command. The Program’s close proximity to the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky allows Cadets to take advantage of exceptional training opportunities. These opportunities include the use of multi-million dollar simulation facilities, hands-on training with helicopters and other Army equipment, and attendance at Air Assault School. Additionally, approximately 20% of Cadets are former Soldiers and NCOs who bring a wealth of professional, tactical, and technical knowledge and experience to Military Science Leadership classes and labs. Austin Peay State University is also very supportive of ROTC, calling the Governor’s Guard one of the premiere programs on campus.

The American Legion is a strong supporter of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs across the country. Legion posts are urged to present medals to the top JROTC and ROTC students in their area.

During the 2000 Spring meetings, the Legion National Executive Committee passed Resolution No. 20, which encourages Legion departments to establish Outstanding JROTC and ROTC Cadet of the Year Programs. Resolution No. 11 was passed during the 2006 Spring NEC meetings, urging Legion departments, districts, and posts to present American Legion ROTC medals to requesting colleges and high schools in their states.

Our post sponsors seven schools and one university here in Clarksville.
  • High schools: Clarksville, Kenwood, Northwest, Northeast, Rossview, West Creek, and Montgomery-Central. 
  • The University is Austin Peay.
Students are awarded the ROTC Military Excellence and ROTC Scholastic Excellence awards

ROTC
Excerpted from pages 34-35 of army.mil [PDF]

l. American Legion Awards.
These awards are provided annually to outstanding Cadets at each institution for general military excellence and scholastic excellence.
(1) The Award consists of:
(a) Silver medal pendant with ribbon bar and ROTC crest or scholastic scroll for junior class winners enrolled in MS-III.
(b) Gold medal pendant with ribbon bar and ROTC crest or scholastic scroll for senior class winners enrolled in MS-IV. A miniature reproduction
of the official ROTC crest is attached to the ribbon bar of awards for general military excellence. A miniature scholastic scroll is attached to
the ribbon bar of awards for scholastic excellence.

(2) Criteria: A Cadet may receive an award for general military excellence and an award for scholastic excellence for the same school year or for
more than one year.
(a) General Military Excellence Award. The Cadet must be in the top 25 percent of the class in academic and ROTC subjects and must have
demonstrated outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character, and citizenship.
(b) Scholastic Excellence Award. The Cadet must be in the top 10 percent of the class in academic subjects, top 25 percent of the class in
ROTC classes, and demonstrated qualities of leadership. The Cadet must actively participate in related student activities, such as student
organizations, community activities, and sports.

(3) Selection: The PMS or head of the institution (or both) will make selections.

(4) Source: Requests for awards may be made in writing to the local posts of the American Legion. If no, local post is available, or if the local post
does not have an active ROTC Awards program, information may be requested in writing from: The American Legion, National Security Division,
1608 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006. Written request should include; Name of the college or university, address, city, state, zip code,
point of contact’s name, phone number, email address, unit name, name of Cadet(s), and type of award (general military excellence/scholastic
excellence).

(5) Presentation: The PMS will make arrangements for an American Legion representative to present the awards at a suitable military ceremony. If
representative is unavailable, the PMS may present award.

Junior ROTC
Excerpted from pages 139-140 of usarmyjrotc.com [PDF]

12–15. American Legion Awards
a. General. These awards are given annually to outstanding Cadets at each school for general military and scholastic excellence. Not more than
one student at a school may be nominated per year for these awards. During the junior year, a Cadet in a class HS JROTC unit will receive the
bronze medal; a Cadet at class MI JROTC unit will receive the silver medal. A miniature reproduction of the official JROTC crest is attached to
the medal awarded for scholastic excellence. Recipients of either award will also receive a ribbon bar to which the crest or scroll is attached.

b. Criteria. A Cadet may receive an award for general military excellence and an award for scholastic excellence for the same school year or for
more than one year.
(1) General Military Excellence Award. The Cadet must:
(a) Be in the top 25% of his/ her class in JROTC and non-JROTC subjects.
(b) Have demonstrated outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character, and citizenship.
(2) Scholastic Excellence Award. The Cadet must:
(a) Be in the top 10% of his/her class in non-JROTC subjects.
(b) Be in the top 25% of his/her class in JROTC.
(c) Have demonstrated qualities of leadership.
(d) Have actively participated in related student activities such as student organizations, constructive activities, or sports.

c. Selection. The DAI/SAI or head of the school or both will make selection.

d. Source. Requests for awards may be made to the local posts of the American Legion. If no local post exists, information may be obtained from
the National Security Division, The American Legion, K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006 (www.legion.org).

e. Presentation. Arrangements will be made by the DAI/SAI for an American Legion representative to present the awards at an appropriate military
ceremony.

f. Reporting. Send a follow-on report to the National Security/Foreign Relations Division, The American Legion, that includes:
(1) Name of recipient and type of award.
(2) American Legion post number and date award was presented.
(3) Name and title of American Legion representative presenting the award.