The MOAA Junior ROTC (JROTC)/ROTC awards program recognizes an outstanding cadet or midshipman who has demonstrated exceptional potential for military leadership (exceptional academic achievement in the case of the Marine Corps JROTC [MCJROTC] program.) All military services officially have approved the medal for presentation.
The presentation of an MOAA ROTC/JROTC medal and certificate is an excellent way for chapters to gain exposure in their community and, at the same time, foster a positive military recognition among the youth of the community. Accordingly, it has always been the desire of national MOAA that the medals are awarded by a local chapter and not the national organization.
The typical award consists of a red, white, and blue ribbon 13/8 inches wide with a bronze disc pendant 15/8 inches in diameter and a matching service ribbon and a certificate of presentation.
Our chapter sponsors and presents the MOAA JROTC medal and certificate to the following local high schools: Alonso, Armwood, Blake, Chamberlin, Freedom, Gaither, H.B. Plant, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Leto, Middleton, Plant City, Robinson, Sickles, Strawberry Crest, Tampa Bay Technical, and Wharton.
Our chapter sponsors and presents the MOAA ROTC medal and certificate to the following college ROTC programs: University
of Tampa Army ROTC, University of South Florida Army ROTC, University of South Florida Naval ROTC, and University of South Florida Air Force ROTC.
A chapter member usually volunteers and presents the award at the school’s award ceremony. Our chapter also sponsors the high school award winners at our April luncheon.
In 2022 the MOAA Tampa Chapter recognized JROTC Students at the April luncheon and MOAA Tampa Chapter members assisted in helping to present awards to our future leaders at Gaither High School, Robinson High School, Jefferson High School in Tampa and Strawberry Crest High School in Dover, Florida. It’s inspiring and an honor to meet all of these young men and women and their families. We would love to have someone from our chapter at every JROTC Leadership Award presentation next year. COME NEXT YEAR AND GET INVOLVED!!! It’s an experience you’ll NEVER forget!
—submitted by Ken Martin, LTC USMC (Ret) and edited by: Sara Marks, CAPT NC USN (Ret)