“The cherishing, maintenance, and extension of the institutions of American freedom, the fostering of true patriotism – love of country.” This is the concluding sentence in the “Purpose” of the General Society of the War of 1812. This purpose is being fulfilled by the presentation of ROTC Awards throughout the United States and its possessions.
For over forty years we have supported the Army, Naval and Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Units with our Military Awards Program. This program presents Sophomore ROTC Cadets/Midshipmen with “The War of 1812 Award of Merit” certificate and ribbon bar for wear on their uniform. The award is approved by all three Service Departments.
Award Criteria: The awardee shall be personally selected by the Unit Commander. The recipient is the sophomore cadet/midshipman displaying the highest level of leadership and patriotism with a demonstrated aptitude to successfully lead their peers and subordinates. Minimum academic standards are: a grade point average in the top 20% of their institutions class ranking and the top 10% of their ROTC academic studies.
Since our Society is not represented in every state of the Union, the professors of Army, Navy and Aero Space Studies, present the award on behalf of the Society. In states having State Societies, a member may present the award at the ceremony arranged by the ROTC unit. The ROTC units request the award annually. If a request is received in a state having a State Society, the name and address of the State Society president is provided to the ROTC unit.
A complete list of the ROTC units participating in our Military Awards Program has been computerized and is updated as requests are received. Should a State Society desire to know what schools within their state are participating, they may request the information from the Vice-President General for Military Awards.
William Edward Sekel
Vice President General, Military Awards