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 percent of their engineering class and in the top 25 percent 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 detachment or Point of Contact listed in award nomination. [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 February 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. [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 February. 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 SAME national office. SAME will forward award elements to the recipients’ Units. [Please refer to Naval Regulation NROTCUUCBINST 1533.6, pages 5-6, for details.]
||Due to Service
|| Due to SAME *
|| Jan. 15 to Bde Cdr
|| Feb. 1
| Air Force
|| Feb.1 to AFROTC/DOSP
|| March 1
|| Feb.1 to OD4
|| March 1
*Services must submit their awardees to SAME, ATTN: Stacy Smith, 607 Prince St, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please be sure all submissions 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 a timely manner and before date of presentation if provided.