Awards

Each year the SWVC presents various awards to high school and university students who are members of the ROTC and JROTC programs.

Frequently asked questions

MOAA JROTC Medal Awards


The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Southwest Virginia Chapter (SWVC), presents the MOAA JROTC Medal Award each year to recognize an “outstanding” JROTC cadet or midshipman at fifteen high schools in Southwest Virginia in their respective schools JROTC program who demonstrate “exceptional” potential for military leadership.
The MOAA JROTC Medal Award consists of a red, white, and blue ribbon, which is 1 and 3/8 inches in width along with a bronze disc pendant that is 1 and 5/8 inches in diameter, and a matching service ribbon, a certificate of presentation, and a certificate folder. To be eligible for the MOAA JROTC Medal Award, the cadet or midshipman must:

  • Be in the next-to-last year of the JROTC program, customarily in his/her junior year of high school.

  • Be in good academic standing.

  • Be of high moral character.

  • Demonstrate a high order of loyalty to his/her unit, school, and country.

  • Demonstrate exceptional potential for military leadership.




MOAA ROTC Medal Awards


The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Southwest Virginia Chapter (SWVC), presents the MOAA ROTC Medal Award each year to recognize an “outstanding” ROTC cadet or midshipman at Virginia Tech and Radford University in their respective schools ROTC program who demonstrate “exceptional” potential for military leadership.


The MOAA ROTC Medal Award consists of a red, white, and blue ribbon, which is 1 and 3/8 inches in width along with a bronze disc pendant that is 1 and 5/8 inches in diameter, and a matching service ribbon, a certificate of presentation, and a certificate folder. To be eligible for the MOAA ROTC Medal Award, the cadet or midshipman must:

  • Be in the next-to-last year of the JROTC program, customarily in his/her junior year of high school.

  • Be in good academic standing.

  • Be of high moral character.

  • Demonstrate a high order of loyalty to his/her unit, school, and country.

  • Demonstrate exceptional potential for military leadership.




Leadership Awards


In 2009 the Board of Directors of the Southwest Virginia Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America established two Leadership Awards to be presented to ROTC Cadets /Midshipmen at Virginia Tech/Radford University during each academic year. Recipients are to be juniors or who will be starting their final year in the coming fall of the academic year. Each Leadership Award was named after a General Officer who was a member of the Southwest Virginia Chapter.

The first award is The General William B. Rosson Leadership Award and the second award is the Major General Lloyd B. Ramsey Leadership Award.


The Leadership Awards were established to recognize the recipient’s academic, community service and leadership qualities that demonstrate exceptional potential for military leadership while a member of the Virginia Tech/Radford University ROTC Program.
Each Leadership Award consists of an appropriate framed award certificate and a $500 monetary award.

Criteria and application formats were coordinated through the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the three ROTC units. The Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC units at Virginia Tech and the Army ROTC unit at Radford University shall submit no more than two (2) nominations each for the leadership awards. The two nominations are to be made and approved by the respective heads of the ROTC units for endorsement and forwarding.


The Southwest Virginia Chapter Leadership Award Selection Committee shall select the two (2) Leadership Award recipients from the eight (8) nominations submitted.




MAJ James Milton Archer, Jr., USA Award


In 2020 the Southwest Virginia Chapter established a new award to recognize a “distinguished” JROTC “senior cadet or midshipman” in the respective schools JROTC program who has demonstrated “superior” military leadership during his/her time in the program. The new award will also be presented to Cadets participating in the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol program completing his/her senior year of high school or home-school equivalent.


The new award is the MAJ James Milton Archer, Jr., USA Award. The award is made possible due to a generous contribution from the Archer Family in memory of their father Major James Milton Archer, Jr., USA. The new award consists of an 8”x10” walnut plaque, $50 remuneration, and a presentation letter in a certificate folder. Eligibility for the MAJ James Milton Archer, Jr., USA Award, the cadet or midshipman must:

  • Be in the next-to-last year of the JROTC program, customarily in his/her junior year of high school.

  • Be in good academic standing.

  • Be of high moral character.

  • Demonstrate a high order of loyalty to his/her unit, school, and country.

  • Demonstrate superior military leadership.





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