Awards have the purpose of recognizing and rewarding cadets for their meritorious or outstanding acts or services, which are above and beyond that normally expected of them. NJROTC-sponsored awards are presented to cadets based on the above criteria and in accordance with the guidelines listed below. The following ribbons are worn by cadets to show others the awards they have earned are. They are listed in their order of precedence, and you can see a picture of each one by clicking on the name of the award. Finally, at the bottom of the page is a link that will assist cadets in determining how to mount the ribbons they receive Click HERE to set up your ribbons in the correct order.

Ribbons and Awards

Ribbon Description Picture
Meritorious Achievement

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

Distinguished Unit

Awarded to the top 30% of NJROTC schools annually in each NJROTC area.

Distinguished Cadet

Awarded yearly to one cadet in each year group with the highest combined average for overall scholastic standing and aptitude in NJROTC.

Honor Cadet

Awarded yearly to one cadet in each year group with the highest GPA in school.

Cadet Achievement

Awarded to any NJROTC cadet who distinguishes him/herself by outstanding achievement or sustained superior performance. Awarded case-by-case by the area manage

Unit Achievement

Awarded to the Units who did not fall into top 30% of NJROTC schools annually in each NJROTC area.

Military Aptitude

Awarded yearly to those outstanding cadets who demonstrate an exceptional military aptitude and dedication to the NJROTC program.

Naval Science 4

Awarded yearly to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 4 based on citizenship, academic performance, personal appearance and conduct.

Naval Science 3

Awarded to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 3. Same criteria as above.

Naval Science 2

Awarded to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 2. Same criteria as above.

Naval Science 1

Awarded to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 1. Same criteria as above.

Exemplary Conduct

Awarded yearly to each cadet who demonstrates exemplary conduct for the school year.

Academic Award

Awarded, when earned, to each cadet who has been on Honor roll for one trimester, or competed in the national academic completion.

Exemplary Personal Appearance

Awarded twice a year to each cadet who displays exemplary personal appearance and has worn his/her uniform on all occasions required.

Physical Fitness

Awarded twice a year to any cadet who meets or exceeds the basic physical fitness exercise.

Participation

Awarded, when earned, to any cadet who has participated in three events other than routine unit activates.

Unit Service

Awarded to any cadet who has demonstrated exemplary service and dedication to the unit as determined by the NSI.

Community Service

Awarded, twice a year, to any cadet in good standing who distinguishes him/herself by dedicated and outstanding service to the community.

Drill Team

Awarded, twice a year, to each member of a drill team in good standing who has entered competition, or performed at three or more official functions.

Color Guard

Awarded, twice a year, to each member of a color guard in good standing who has entered competition, or performed at three or more official functions.

Pistol/Rifle Team

Awarded, twice a year, to any cadet in good standing who has entered any competition

Orienteering

Awarded twice a year to any cadet in good standing who meets the orienteering qualification standards, or who has entered any competition.

Recruiting

Awarded, when earned, to a cadet who is instrumental in the enrollment of two students in the NJROTC program.

Mini-Boot Camp

Awarded to any cadet upon satisfactory completion of mini-boot camp, Leadership Academy or similar training as approved by the area manager.

Sea Cruise

Awarded to any cadet upon completion of an at-sea cruise.

Ribbon Devices

Device Description Picture
Bronze Lamp

To be worn on the Honor Cadet ribbon by each cadet who has also received an "A" in naval science. NS-1

Silver Lamp

To be worn on the Honor Cadet ribbon by each cadet who has also received an "A" in naval science. NS-2

Gold Lamp

To be worn on the Honor Cadet ribbon by each cadet who has also received an "A" in naval science. NS-3 & NS-4

Gold torch

The Gold torch is worn on the Aptitude ribbon if the cadet is the academic team and the school honor roll or a Member of the Academic Team.

Gold Anchor

The Gold anchor is worn on the following ribbons: Drill Team, Color Guard, Academic Team, and Pistol/Rifle Team by the Commanding Cadet of the group.

Bronze Star

1 Bronze star is to be awarded after the ribbon has been earned a second time 2 Bronze stars are to be awarded after the ribbon has been earned a third time.

Silver Star

1 Silver star is to be awarded after the ribbon has been earned a four times. 2 Silver stars are to be awarded after the ribbon has been earned a five times.

Gold Star

1 Gold star is to be awarded after the ribbon has been earned a six times. 2 Gold stars are to be awarded after the ribbon has been earned a seven times. 3 Gold stars are to be awarded after the ribbon has been awarded eight times.