The MCJROTC awards program is designed to recognize outstanding individuals and units in the fields of performance, academics, and other commendable achievements. Cadets who qualify for any individual awards should make it known to the SMI or MI, with proof of eligibility.
Only the awards earned as a member of the MCJROTC may be worn on the military uniform. Authorized awards include those described herein and those authorized to be presented by external civic and military organizations. Cadets who have earned individual awards while a member of other JROTC programs may wear those awards.
Outstanding Cadet. This award is presented annually to the cadet who distinguishes
- Consistently superior performance in all facets of the military training curriculum.
- Stands in the top 25% of his/her class.
- Demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership, discipline, character, military bearing, and military proficiency.
Student Leadership. Presented annually to any cadet who holds an elected office in an organization in the student body. The lamp of learning device will be used to indicate the civic nature of this award.
Officer Leadership. Presented annually to cadet officers who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities, discipline, military bearing, and proficiency.
Noncommissioned Officer Leadership. Presented annually to cadet NCO’s who demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities, discipline, character, military, and proficiency.
Civic Service. This award will be used to recognize outstanding community service or noteworthy unit participation performed by a cadet. A cadet must complete 20 hours of service in a single academic year to earn this award. Each cadet is responsible for tracking their community service hours within established guidelines.
Best Drill Cadet. Presented annually to cadets who distinguish themselves through superior performance in comparison to other cadets in close order drill.
Distinguished Military Training. Presented annually to those cadets who demonstrate superior performance in the academic phase of the MCJROTC curriculum and outstanding proficiency in all military aspects of the MCJROTC program.
Physical Achievement Award. Presented annually to those cadets who distinguish themselves in the area of physical fitness. To qualify for this award, a cadet must score at least 250 points on the National Youth Physical Fitness Test.
Superior Marksman Award. Presented annually to any cadet who qualifies as a superior marksman, either through placement in regional or national matches, or through a score of 270 or higher during a MCJROTC postal competition.
Athletic Participation Award. Presented annually to any cadet who participates in interscholastic athletics. To qualify, a cadet must have been on the team for the entire season.
Longevity/Fidelity Award. Presented to those cadets who have successfully participated in the MCJROTC program for two years and have met all the requirements of LE I and LE II.
Distinguished Conduct Award. Awarded annually to those cadets who have distinguished themselves through sustained superior conduct at Ponchatoula High School. To qualify for this award, a cadet must:
- Have completed two years in MCJROTC.
- Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Have an overall MCJROTC GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Have never been suspended or received licks while a student at Ponchatoula High School.
- Exhibit exemplary conduct, as determined by the SMI and MI.
Color Guard Award. Presented annually to those cadets who comprise the unit color guard and have participated fully in color guard activities. Must have participated in a minimum of three color guard performances.
Drill Team Award. Presented annually to those cadets who comprise the unit drill team and have participated fully in drill team events and competitions. A cadet must be on the drill team at the end of the year to qualify for this award and must have participated in a minimum of three performances with the team.
Rifle Team Award. Presented annually to cadets who comprise the unit rifle team and have participated fully in rifle team events and competitions.
Recruiting Ribbon. Presented to cadets who recruit at least two students to enroll into the MCJROTC program at PHS.
In addition to the above awards sponsored by the MCJROTC Program, there are several awards that are sponsored by various civic organizations, such as the American Legion, The Sons of the American Revolution, The Daughters of the American Revolution, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Retired Officers’ Association, and The Marine Corps League.
The criteria for these awards are established by the respective organizations.