SAME ROTC Award of Merit

THE SAME ROTC Award of Merit is a bronze medal with bronze key replica, It was authorized in 1948 to be awarded annually to outstanding junior and senior engineering students in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), a college-based program for training commissioned officers of the United States armed forces.

A central military service board in each case selects the outstanding students for the awards from nominations submitted by the Professors of Military Science and Technology, Professors of Naval Science, and Professors of Aerospace Studies. A student winning the senior award who had won the junior award is presented a bronze oak leaf cluster in lieu of another medal.

Eligibility: Students must be a junior or senior engineering student actively enrolled in an ABET accredited school and in ROTC. Five-year students must be in their fourth or fifth year.
Criteria: Nominees/Awardees must be in the top 25% of their engineering class and in the top 25% of their ROTC class. A maximum of 20 medals per service may be given.

Deadlines and Processing:
U.S. Army: Nomination memorandum containing the full name of cadet, address of the school, and date of presentation must be submitted to respective Brigade Commander (Bde Cdr) by January 15 of each year. Bde Cdr will make recommendation and forward packets to HQ Cadet Command for review and consideration. A list of winners will be submitted to SAME for processing no later than February 1 of each year. SAME forwards the award elements to the respective Battalion Commander (Bn Cdr) along with the name of the nearest SAME post president and regional vice president within 30 days of the receipt of the awards list. [Please refer to Army Regulation CCR-672-5-1, pages 26-27 for details.]

U.S. Air Force:
Region commanders select the region winners and submit to AFROTC/DOSP no later than March 1 of each year. AFROTC/DOSP will review and consolidate the selections and submit the list of winners to SAME. SAME forwards the award elements to the recipients’ detachments along with the name of the nearest SAME post president and regional vice president within 30 days of the receipt of the awards list. [Please refer to Air Force ROTC Instruction 36-2020, Section 4.2, pages 18-19, for details.]

U.S. Navy:
Nominations will be forwarded by PNS’ to OD4 by 01 March. Student must be recommended jointly by the PNS and the dean of engineering as the “Outstanding Engineering Student of the Year of Their Group” in the NROTC unit. Maximum number of nomination per school year is one last year and one next-to-last year student. OD will forward all nominations to the Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (CODE 09M1). Final selections are made and the names and units are forwarded to Brigadier General Walter O. Bachus, USN (Ret.), for approval. Units are notified directly from Brigadier General Bachus’ office. [Please refer to Naval Regulation NROTCUUCBINST 1533.6, pages 5-6, for details.]

Submission Dates:
Service Due to Service   Due to SAME *
Army: Jan. 15 to Bde Cdr   Feb. 1
Air Force: March 1 to AFROTC/DOSP   March 30
Navy: March 1 to OD4   March 30

* Services must submit their award requests to SAME, ATTN: Administrative Assistant, 607 Prince St, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please be sure all requests include full name of recipient, school and date of presentation (if possible). SAME will process awards as noted in the regulations and send them out within 30 days of receipt of the completed materials.

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