Cadet Guide Basics

A Lesson in Ribbons

Awards are given to Cadets for showing signs of leadership, going beyond the call of duty, community service, and participating in drill teams. Awards can be given by National Organizations, Civil Air Patrol, or your JROTC unit.


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6.2. Valor Awards

  • Gold Valor Award- Saving a life while risking your own

  • Silver Valor Award- Saving a life, yet not putting your own in danger

  • Cadet Humanitarian Award- recognizes exceptional humanitarian efforts


These Awards are usually for going above and beyond the call of duty.


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6.4. National Organization-Sponsored Awards

  • Air Force Association (AFA) Award
  • Daedalian Award
  • American Legion Scholastic Award
  • American Legion General Military Excellence Award
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Award
  • American Veterans (AMVETS) Award
  • Reserve Officers Associations (ROA) Award
  • The Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) Award
  • The Retired Officers' Association (TROA) Award
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Awards
  • National Sojourners Award
  • Sons of the American Revolution Award
  • Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction Award
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Award
  • Air Force Sergeants Association Achievement Award
  • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
  • Tuskegee Airman Inc. AFJROTC Cadet Award


Each award is organization specific. Usually these awards are given for showing leadership qualities.


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Civil Air Patrol Awards


  • General Carl A. Spaatz- Highest award in the CAP program. Usually awarded when the Cadet completes all phases of the CAP program




  • General Ira C. Eaker- presented by CAP National Headquarters to Cadets who have completed Phase 4 or their program




  • Amelia Earhart- presented by CAP National Headquarters to Cadets who have completed Phase 3 of their program




  • General Billy Mitchell- earned by Cadets who have successfully completed the second phase of the CAP program




  • General J. F. Curry- earned for completing the specific requirements of Achievement 1 in Phase I of the CAP program

These awards are given by the Civil Air Patrol for completing specific aspects of their program.


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6.5. AFJROTC Sponsored Awards


  • Outstanding Cadet Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded annually to outstanding cadets in AS 1-4. Cadet must display outstanding military potential, and attain academic and military excellence.

  • Leadership Ribbon- This award is for outstanding performance in a position of leadership as a cadet in corps training activities. This award is for cadets who have displayed outstanding leadership ability above and beyond the normal expected performance.


  • Achievement Ribbon- The SASI awards the Achievement Ribbon for significant achievement as deemed appropriate. This award is limited to 5% of the cadet corps. Individuals may not receive more than one ribbon during a one-year period.

  • Superior Performance Ribbon- awarded annually for outstanding achievement for a single or sustained performance of a more superior nature.

  • Distinguished Unit Award- awarded to cadets who are part of the unit during the period the unit won the award. Authorized cadets may continue to wear the award as long as they remain in AFJROTC.

  • Commander’s Unit Award- This ribbon is awarded to cadets who were part of the AFJROTC unit during the period the unit won the award. Authorized cadets may continue to wear the award as long as they remain in AFJROTC.

  • Academic Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded for academic excellence as signified by attaining an overall "B" average and an "A" average in AFJROTC for one semester.


  • Outstanding Flight Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded each semester to cadets of the outstanding flight. Outstanding flights will be determined based on: the flight’s average of cadets wearing the uniform on uniform day , providing the maximum community service hours, achieving the highest academic average, having the highest daily attendance rate, and having the lowest disciplinary action rate.

  • Leadership School Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded for completion of an approved AFJROTC Summer Leadership Program of at least 5 days in duration.

  • Drill Competition Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded to drill team members for “placing” in an Air Force or Joint Service drill meet.

  • Orienteering Competition- This ribbon is awarded to team members for “placing” in any orienteering competition.

  • Co-curricular Activities ribbon with Silver Leadership Star- This ribbon is awarded for leadership in AFJROTC co-curricular activities (Dining-In Chairperson, Military Ball Chairperson, etc.) Recipient must have demonstrated exceptional leadership attributes in achieving objectives through the coordinated efforts of others.

  • Drill Team Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded for distinguished participation in at least 75% or 10 events, which ever is lower, of all scheduled drill team events.

  • Color Guard Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded for distinguished participation in at least 75% or 10 events, which ever is lower, of all scheduled Colorguard events.

  • Saber Team Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded for distinguished participation in at least 75% or 10 events, which ever is lower, of all scheduled Saber Team events.

  • Service Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded for distinctive performance in school
participation in a service project which contributed significantly to the goals of the community serving a total of 60 hours.

  • Recruiting Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded for outstanding effort in the support of unit recruiting activities. TX-20011 cadets may earn the ribbon by participating in a major recruiting event or providing proof that they recruited four cadets whom satisfactorily completed one AFJROTC course at FMHS.

  • Activities Ribbon- Awarded for participation in co curricular activities other than Drill, Color Guard, Saber teams. These include, but are not limited to orienteering teams, model rocketry clubs, AFJROTC academic teams, and AFJROTC sports teams.

  • Attendance Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded to TX-20011 cadets with no more than 4 excused days of absence (eight class periods) and no unexcused absences in an academic term.

  • Good Conduct Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded to TX-20011 cadets with no suspensions/ADAPT days of any kind, no lunch detentions, and no adverse reports from other FMHS staff or faculty in an academic term.

  • Dress and Appearance Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded for wearing the uniform on all designated uniform days and conforming with all AFJROTC dress and
appearance standards. This ribbon is limited to 25 percent of the cadet corps.

  • Longevity Ribbon- This ribbon is awarded for completion of each AS year