AFROTC Ribbon Chart

Listed Highest to Lowest Award & Description
AFROTC Gold Valor Award - Voluntary acts of valor by a cadet involving physical risk without regard to personal safety and requiring courage of a high degree. - All
AFROTC Silver Valor Award - Voluntary acts of valor by a cadet requiring strength of mind or spirit to react promptly and correctly in a critical situation. - All
Outstanding Cadet Training Assistant Award - This award recognizes the single most outstanding CTA from each FT Cadet Group as determined by the FTU/CC.
Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement -  Most outstanding cadet in each AFROTC region with exemplary performance and achievement.
Society of American Military Engineers Award -  Outstanding AFROTC cadet in an engineering course. 20 national winners per class year selected annually.
Field Training Distinguished Graduate Award - Cadets graduating FT in the top 10 percent of their flight at FT, as determined by the FTPR, will be designated as a distinguished graduate and will be awarded the FTDG ribbon (including silver star
device).
Field Training Superior Performance Award - Cadets graduating FT in the next 10 percent below FTDG in each flight, as determined by the FTPR, will be designated as a superior performer and will be awarded the FTSP ribbon.
Field Training “Ironman” Award - The “Ironman” award recognizes one male and one female cadet in each FT Cadet Group with the top average Physical Fitness Test (PFT) score at FT.
Air Force Association Award - Each cadet must possess characteristics contributing to leadership and future value in positions of responsibility such as: a positive attitude toward AFROTC and school, personal attributes, personal appearance, courtesy, and officer potential. Each cadet must rank in the upper 5 percent of the AS 300 class and rank in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class. - AS300
Daughters of the American Revolution Award - This award recognizes one outstanding AS 400 cadet at each detachment. Each cadet must: rank in the upper 25 percent of both the AS 400 class and the institution’s graduating class and demonstrate qualities of dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of AFROTC training.
American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award - This award recognizes one AS 100, one AS 200, one AS 300, and one AS 400 cadet at each detachment for scholastic achievement.
Each cadet must: rank in the upper 10 percent of the academic class, rank in the top 25 percent of each AS class, demonstrate outstanding qualities in military leadership, and actively participate in constructive student activities such as student organizations or sports.
American Legion General Military Excellence Award - This award recognizes one AS 100, one AS 200, one AS 300, and one AS 400 cadet at each AFROTC detachment for general military excellence. Each cadet must: rank in the top 25 percent of each respective AS class and demonstrate outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character, and citizenship.
National Defense Industrial Association Award
National Defense Transportation Association Award - This award recognizes one outstanding AS 400 cadet at each detachment. Each cadet must demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, academic achievement, aptitude for military service, meritorious achievement, and noteworthy service in the promotion of safety or security of people or property.
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award - The AFCEA Scholarship Awards Program assists outstanding and deserving cadets in the completion of their education in the fields of communications engineering, electronics, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, mathematics, physics, computer technology, and intelligence systems. - AS 200, 300
Reserve Officers Association Award - These awards recognize one outstanding cadet from each AS 200, AS 300, and AS 400 class at each AFROTC detachment for their performance during the previous academic year.
Military Officers Association of America Award - This award recognizes one outstanding AS 300 cadet at each detachment who shows exceptional potential for military leadership.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Award - The award recognizes one outstanding cadet at each detachment who is actively engaged in the AFROTC program and who possesses individual characteristics contributing to leadership.
Society of the War of 1812 Award - This award recognizes one outstanding AS 200 cadet at each detachment who encourages and demonstrates the ideals of Americanism.
National Sojourners Award - This award recognizes one outstanding AS 200 or AS 300 cadet at each detachment who contributed the most to encourage and demonstrate Americanism within the corps of cadets and on campus.
Scottish Rite Award - This award recognizes one outstanding AS 200 or AS 300 cadet at each detachment.
Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America Award - This award recognizes one AS 200 cadet at each detachment. Cadet must: rank in the upper 10 percent of the AS 200 class and demonstrate qualities of dependability, character, military discipline, leadership, patriotism, and an understanding of the importance of the American heritage.
Military Order of the Purple Heart Award - This award recognizes one AS 300 cadet at each detachment who excels academically and displays exceptional leadership traits.
Sons of the American Revolution Award - Each cadet must: demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, military bearing, and all-around excellence in AFROTC studies and activities, and not be a previous recipient of the SAR award. - AS300
Military Order of World Wars Award - This award recognizes cadets at each detachment who demonstrate an outstanding desire to serve AFROTC and the United States and who are considered most improved in the categories of military and scholastic excellence. - AS 100, 200, 300, 400
American Veterans Award - This award recognizes one cadet at each detachment at the end of his or her first year in the AFROTC program.
AFROTC Meritorious Service Award - This award recognizes outstanding performance for single exemplary acts of achievement or academic term service.
AFROTC Commendation Award - This award recognizes superior performance for single superior acts of achievement or academic term service that does not rise to the level of the Meritorious Service Award.
AFROTC Achievement Award - This award recognizes superior performance for single acts of achievement or academic term service that does not rise to the level of the Commendation Award.
Warrior Spirit Award - This award recognizes the cadet in each Aerospace Studies (AS) class who best exemplifies the Air Force warrior spirit.
Academic Honors Award - This award recognizes academic excellence as signified by maintenance of academic term grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) or above for one full academic term. The cadet must have an average of 3.5 in AS courses for the duration of this period.
Honor Flight Award - One flight per detachment each academic term will be designated as the Honor Flight based on criteria approved by the detachment commander.
Warrior Flight Award - One flight per detachment each academic term will be designated as the Warrior Flight based on criteria approved by the detachment commander.
College Scholarship Recipient Ribbon - This award recognizes cadets who have earned and activated an AFROTC scholarship. A bronze oak leaf cluster may be added at the completion of each scholarship year.
Physical Fitness Award - "This award recognizes cadets who score a minimum of 9 points on the pushup event, 9 points on the crunches event, and 45 points on the 1.5 mile run of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT). (Body composition is not included in the requirements for this award.) This award may be received only once per academic term."
Recruiting Ribbon - This award recognizes outstanding effort in support of detachment recruiting activities. Award each academic term based on recommendation of the Unit Admissions Officer (UAO).
AFROTC Expert Marksmanship Ribbon - Cadets qualifying as expert on an approved USAF qualification range may wear the AFROTC Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.
Arnold Air Society Maryland Cup - This Maryland Cup is sponsored by the Frank P. Lahm Squadron of the University of Maryland and is presented to the outstanding large squadron (over 25 active members).
Arnold Air Society Hagan Trophy - The Hagan Trophy is sponsored by the Captain Frank S. Hagan Squadron of Louisiana State University and is presented to the outstanding medium squadron (15-25 active members).
Arnold Air Society Chennault Trophy - Chennault Trophy is sponsored by the General Emmett O’Donnell Squadron of Louisiana Technical University and is presented to the outstanding small squadron (14 or fewer active members).
Arnold Air Society Area Plaque - Area Plaque Ribbon is worn by members of the AAS squadrons winning the area-level outstanding unit award.
Arnold Air Society Eagle - Trophy Eagle Award is sponsored by the Eagle Squadron of the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras and is presented to the squadron that has contributed the most to civic affairs.
Arnold Air Society LBJ Cup - LBJ Cup is sponsored by the Colonel Andrew J. Dougherty Squadron of the Rochester Institute of Technology and is presented to the squadron operating the most outstanding candidate training program.
Arnold Air Society National Award - This decoration is presented each year during the AAS National Conclave (NATCON) to active AAS members for outstanding service to the national organization.
Arnold Air Society Area Level Award - This decoration is presented each year to active AAS members for outstanding service to the area organization.
Arnold Air Society Squadron level Award - This decoration is presented each year to active AAS members for outstanding service to the squadron organization.
Arnold Air Society Membership Ribbon - Cadets who have actively participated in AAS for one academic year or more may wear the AAS Membership Ribbon.
Silver Wings Membership Ribbon - Cadets who have actively participated in Silver Wings for one academic year or more may wear the Silver Wings Membership Ribbon.
AFROTC Drill Team Ribbon - "Award this ribbon to cadets after active participation on an AFROTC or joint service-sponsored drill team, rifle team, military musical marching unit, or military band. Cadets must have participated for one calendar year with a minimum of one drill team performance before being awarded the ribbon."
AFROTC Color/Honor Guard Ribbon - Award this ribbon to cadets after active participation in an AFROTC or joint service-sponsored Color Guard or Honor Guard. Cadets must have participated for one calendar year with a minimum of three Color Guard and/or Honor Guard performances before being awarded the ribbon.
Civil Air Patrol General Carl A. Spaatz Award - (wear only the highest CAP award earned) Earned as cadets in the CAP.
Civil Air Patrol Amelia Earhart Award - (wear only the highest CAP award earned) Earned as cadets in the CAP.
Civil Air Patrol General Billy Mitchell Award - (wear only the highest CAP award earned) Earned as cadets in the CAP.
Pershing Rifles Membership Ribbon - AFROTC cadets who meet the criteria for membership in Pershing Rifles may wear the Pershing Rifles Membership Ribbon on the AFROTC uniform after one calendar year of active participation in Pershing Rifles.
Scabbard and Blade Membership Ribbon - AFROTC who meet the criteria for membership in Scabbard and Blade may wear the Scabbard and Blade Membership Ribbon on the AFROTC uniform after one calendar year of active participation in Scabbard and Blade.

 Last Reviewed: 25-Mar-2005