The Sons of the American Revolution &
the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps

     The Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) was instituted by Congress “to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.” Each of the four military branches: Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy, have established JROTC Programs in high schools across the United States. In Texas, there are approximately 420 JROTC Programs: 107 Air Force; 205 Army; 40 Marine Corps; and 68 Navy. In the Houston area alone, there are close to 110 JROTC Programs.

     The Chapter has produced a brochure which provides information on the various JROTC and ROTC Programs. Please contact the Paul Carrington Chapter’s JROTC/ROTC Chairman if you have any questions.


SAR Bronze ROTC MedalBronze ROTC

     Since 1965, the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has awarded its Bronze ROTC Medal to those high school cadets  who foster the principle of the citizen-soldier exemplified by the Minutemen of the American Revolutionary War.

     The SAR JROTC Recognition Program recognizes outstanding merit based on a cadet’s leadership qualities with the presentation of a Bronze JROTC Medal, service ribbon, and certificate. JROTC Senior Military Instructors (SMI) have complete latitude in selecting one cadet in their JROTC unit to receive the award every academic year.

     The criteria for the SAR Bronze ROTC Medal are:

  1. The cadet must be currently enrolled in a JROTC Program;
  2. The cadet should be a third-year cadet or midshipman in a four-year program or a second-year cadet in a three-year program;
  3. The cadet must be in the top 10% of their JROTC class;
  4. The cadet must be in the top 25% of their overall class; and,
  5. The cadet may not have previously received the Bronze ROTC Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution.

     if a JROTC SMI plans to select a cadet  for this award, we ask that they notify the Paul Carrington Chapter by December 31st. This advance notification assists us in our planning to ensure we have the required presentation materials on hand. The recipient's name is not required at this time; simply a confirmation that the SMI intends to recognize a cadet or midshipman with the medal is all that is needed.

     Once the SMI has selected the cadet for this medal, they need to complete and return (via e-mail) the SAR Bronze ROTC Nomination Form. We ask that we receive the nomination form no later than 60 days in advance of the unit’s awards ceremony. Typically, we ask that the SMI inform us of the date, time, and place of the awards presentation so we can arrange for a chapter member to be present. However, given our current public health emergency, we understand that  annual awards presentation might be altered. If there is a public health restriction, we offer three options:

  1. Provide a chapter member to make the presentation at a small gathering of family and school officials at the school.;
  2. If outside visitors are prohibited from campus, we can provide a pre-recorded video presentation of a chapter member giving remarks on the medal and making the presentation to the cadet (this can then be re-played via MS Teams (or whichever platform your school uses) or on a screen for those assembled).; or,
  3. Provide the SMI with the presentation materials and prepared remarks so that the SMI can present the medal to the cadet or midshipman.

     We do ask that the nominee’s parent(s)/guardian(s) complete, sign, and return a Parental Permission/Release form. To provide information for any press releases, please have the Cadet complete the Biographical Information form and return it with the nomination form.


Enhanced (or Outstanding) Cadet JROTC Recognition ProgramChapter JROTC Outstanding Cadet

     Since 1997, the SAR has selected high school students as outstanding cadets in their chapters, states, and the nation. The goal of the SAR Outstanding JROTC Cadet Program is to motivate young people to be better citizens.

     The Paul Carrington’s Chapter Outstanding JROTC Cadet Contest winner will receive a bronze medal on a bronze wreath medallion, neck ribbon, framed bar with a bronze star, a certificate, and a scholarship award. In addition, the Chapter’s winner will advance to compete in the Texas Society SAR Contest.

     The Texas Society SAR Contest winner will be awarded a bronze medal on a silver wreath medallion, neck ribbon, framed bar with a silver star, certificate, a scholarship award of $3,500, and be entered into the National SAR Outstanding JROTC Cadet competition. In addition, the winner of the national program will receive the National JROTC Medallion and an additional scholarship award of $5,000 at the SAR National Congress in the summer.* A successful Cadet could receive over $8,500 in scholarship funds.

     This competition is restricted to high school juniors. These might be second-year cadets of a two-year program or third-year cadets of a four-year program, but they must be in their junior year of high school.

Participation in this competition requires the following:

  1. The Senior Military Instructor completes the Nomination Form for one cadet or midshipman for their JROTC unit. The nomination form requires the SMI to comment on the cadet’s  leadership potential.;
  2. A recommendation by the cadet’s  principal, with a verification of the cadet’s GPA.; and,
  3. An original essay written by the cadet of 500-700 words. The essay may be done on a computer, typewriter, or by hand (in ink). The topic of the essay shall be: “How JROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States.”

     Many Senior Military Instructors assign all juniors in their JROTC unit to write an essay on: “How has JROTC prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States of America.” This assignment could motivate cadets to become interested in this program, provide the SMI feedback from cadets on their JROTC experience, and assist the SMI in selecting the cadet to nominate for this program. SMIs may download the Outstanding Cadet Nomination Form here.

     Complete nomination packages are required to be submitted to the Paul Carrington chapter by 31 December. Presentation of the chapter award will be made in March, while the state presentation will typically take place in April. Usually, these are in-person presentations, but that is subject to the current health restrictions at the time. Presentation options mentioned in the Bronze JROTC section are applicable for this medal as well.

     We do ask that the nominee’s parent(s)/guardian(s) complete, sign, and return a Parental Permission/Release form. To provide information for any press releases, please have the Cadet complete the Biographical Information form and return it with the nomination form.

The complete submission package is to be submitted to the Chapter by December 31st

Packages are to be emailed to the Chapter JROTC/ROTC Committee Chair.

*Please note that scholarship amounts may vary each year.


Paul Carrington SAR Brewster Memorial HISD JROTC Scholarships

     The Paul Carrington Chapter is honored  to offer two scholarships to HISD graduating seniors participating in the JROTC program. Nominees are required to meet the following criteria for the scholarship:

  1. A citizen of the United States;
  2. A high school senior participating in a recognized HISD JROTC program;
  3. Have received the SAR Bronze ROTC medal in the previous year;
  4. Completed a minimum of two years of JROTC;
  5. In the top 5% of their ROTC class;
  6. In the top 10% of their high school class;
  7. Accepted at a college or university for admission in the fall semester;
  8. Recommended by their JROTC Senior Military Instructor;
  9. Recommended by their principal; and,
  10. Selected by the director of HISD's JROTC program.

     HISD JROTC instructors who wish to nominate a JROTC cadet for this scholarship, should complete the JROTC Scholarship Nomination Form. The form, along with the letters of recommendations, are to be sent to the Chapter’s JROTC/ROTC Committee Chair by email and to HISD’s JROTC Director of Military Instruction by March 1st. Scholarship recipients will receive their scholarships at the Chapter’s April meeting.


E-mail Communication Requirements: In compliance with the Youth Protection Policy of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, any e-mails initiated from minors to a SAR member must include their parent/guardian in the communication. SAR members will reply to a minor’s e-email but are required to have the minor’s parents/guardian, plus one other SAR chapter member, on the communication.


Paul Carrington Chapter No. 5, Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution
1415 South Voss Ste 110-425 — Houston, TX 77057-1086

The Paul Carrington Chapter is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting patriotism,
preserving American history, and supporting education for our future generations.

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