Ribbon Requirements

1) MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT

 

Awarded to any cadet who distinguishes him/herself by outstanding meritorious achievement. Awarded on a case-by case basis by the area manager.

 
 
2) UNIT ACHIEVEMENT
Awarded to cadets who were unit members during the academic year in which the school earned Naval Honor School status. Awarded to only 20% of the total number of units in the program.
 
3) DISTINGUISHED CADET
Awarded to one cadet in each year group with the highest combined average for overall scholastic standing and aptitude. All cadets who have met the basic academic criteria are considered, and EQUAL weight is given to academic average and to aptitude as measured by individual military grade, motivation, advancement, participation, unit service, community service, etc.
 
4) HONOR CADET
Awarded yearly to one cadet in each year group with the highest overall academic achievement in school.
 
5) CADET ACHIEVEMENT
Awarded when earned, to any cadet, who distinguishes themselves by outstanding achievement or sustained superior performance
 
6) UNIT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Awarded to cadets who were unit members during the academic year in which the school earned Unit Achievement status. Awarded to only 10% of the total number of units in the program.
 
7) APTITUDE AWARD
Awarded to the top 10% of the cadets based on evaluation of academic performance of assigned jobs, conduct, unit involvement, attendance, and overall aptitude.
 
8) OUTSTANDING NS-4
Awarded yearly to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 4 based on academic performance (3.5), first three quarters of the school year.
 
9) OUTSTANDING NS-3
Awarded yearly to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 3. Same criteria.
 
10) OUTSTANDING NS-2
Awarded yearly to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 2. Same criteria.
 
11) OUTSTANDING NS-1
Awarded yearly to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 1. Same criteria.
 
12) EXEMPLARY CONDUCT
Awarded early to each cadet who demonstrates exemplary conduct for the year.
 
13) ACADEMIC AWARD
Awarded when earned to each cadet in good standing who has met any of the following: Honor Roll/Academic Team Member
 
14) EXEMPLARY PERSONAL APPEARANCE
Awarded twice yearly to all cadets that wear their uniform on all required occasions and have an average of 90% + on inspection and not received an inspection grade below an "A". (this award can be received 3 times in a year based on the results of the NJROTC Area Manager during annual inspection)
 
15) PHYSICAL FITNESS
Awarded twice a year to any cadet who meets or exceeds physical fitness standards to be given to you at a later time.
 
16) PARTICIPATION
Awarded when earned to all cadets earning one hour or more participation in at least three separate, non-social NJROTC sponsored events or activities (to include ushering at school events, flag detail, attendance at drill, field/athletic meets, and attendance on field trips).
 
17) UNIT SERVICE
Unit Service and each subsequent award is earned when a cadet performs superior service to unit.  The award may be for sustained service at a level above that normally required of other cadets or it may be for a specific act(s) of superior service.
 
18) COMMUNITY SERVICE
Community Service ribbons and each subsequent NJROTC award are earned after 12 hrs of properly documented volunteer service.
 
19) DRILL TEAM
The drill team ribbon may be awarded to all cadets that earn 3 drill team pts, which include parades, meets, and other performances (in order to earn the Varsity letter you must participate in 3 competition performances as a member of the drill team and /or color guard).  Other criteria is per the SOP.
 
20) COLOR GUARD
Awarded when earned to any cadet in good standing who has performed as a member of the color guard for 3 events and additional information as listed in the SOP.
 
21) RIFLE TEAM
Awarded when earned to any cadet in good standing who has entered competition including all air-operated weapons.
 
22) ORIENTEERING
Awarded twice a year to any cadet who meets the orienteering qualifications set in the Cadet Field Manual.
 
23) RECRUITING
Awarded when earned to any cadet that is intrumental in the enrollment of two students or is part of a recruiting effort.
 
24) MINI-BOOTCAMP
Awarded to any cadet upon completion of mini-boot camp, Leadership Academy, or similar training approved by the area manager.
 
25) SEA CRUISE
Awarded to any cadet upon completion of an at sea cruise (vessel must cast off lines and be underway)
 
There are other ribbons that can be earned that come with medals. You can get these medals by completeing requirements for them such as leadership. high scores in marksmanship etc.
 
Subsequent Awards

SECOND --1 Bronze Star,

THIRD--2 Bronze Stars,

FOURTH--1 Silver Star

FIFTH--2 Silver Stars,

SIXTH--1 Gold Star,

SEVENTH--2 Gold Stars,  

EIGHTH--3 Gold Stars