ROTC/JROTC Recognition

ROTC / JROTC Recognition Program


The MDSSAR participates in the NSSAR ROTC/JROTC programs. This page supplements the information contained on the NSSAR website and also provides specific data for Maryland ROTC/JROTC unit participation in these programs. MDSSAR ROTC/JROTC activities are conducted at the Chapter level through an appointed ROTC/JROTC program representative. Chapter locations and contact information for these representatives are provided below.



The MDSSAR ROTC program consists of the selection of a cadet from each Maryland ROTC unit for presentation of the SAR ROTC award. The selection is made by the unit's Senior ROTC 

Instructor from all of the unit's cadets, including those of other schools who participate in the host school's ROTC unit. Recipients are selected for a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence.

The selected cadet will receive the SAR Gold ROTC Medal with a ribbon bar and certificate. No recipient may receive the medal more than once. The awards are usually presented by a member of the MDSSAR Chapter at the unit's annual award ceremonies near the end of the school year.

Nomination of the cadet to receive the award must be provided to the local MDSSAR Chapter several weeks before the awards ceremony in order to prepare the certificate and arrange for a member to make the presentation. In some cases it may not be possible to have a presenter at the ceremony, in which case the medal, certificate and check will be provided to the Senior ROTC Instructor prior to the awards ceremony.





Each JROTC unit may submit the nomination of one 11th grade cadet (male or female) for the SAR Bronze JROTC Medal award each year. Each nominee is encouraged to participate in the Outstanding JROTC Cadet Competition described below. The nomination form may be found here.

Nominations for the Oustanding JROTC Cadet Competition must be received by the local MDSSAR Chapter by March 1st to be considered in the competition.

Selection of the nominee shall be by the Senior Military Science Instructor and should include merit in patriotism, leadership, military bearing, scholarship, and general excellence. The Senior Military Science Instructor may consider the writing of the essay a class assignment of all 11th grade cadets. Cadets should be encouraged to seek criticism of their draft essays from their English instructors in order to make this a true learning experience.

Selection of the Oustanding JROTC cadet at each level will be made by SAR members. Consideration will be given to the nominee's scholastic standing, grade point average, levels of aprticipation and leadership both in the JROTC, extra curricular activities, as well as the quality of the essay. Particular attention will be given to spelling, grammar, punctuation, as well as quality and applicability of the essay content. 


The winner of the outstanding JROTC Cadet competition in each MDSSAR Chapter will receive the OJROTC Bronze Medallion, a ribbon with a bronze star and gold frame, a certificate, and a $50 cash award.

The Chapter winners must be submitted to the State ROTC/JROTC Committee no later than April 1st for consideration in the State Level Outstanding JROTC Cadet competition. The winner of the State Level competition is invited to an MDSSAR function for presentation of their award, which consists of the JROTC Medallion, a framed ribbon with a silver star, a certificate, and a $200 monetary award.

The State winner must be forwarded to the National Society SAR no later than May 1st for consideration in the National Oustanding JROTC Cadet Competition. The winner of the National Competition will be invited, with a chaperone, to the NSSAR National Congress for presentation of the award. Travel expenses up to $1000 will be provided. The national award consist of the JROTC Gold Medallion with a gold framed ribbon with a gold star, a certificate and $1000 monetary award.



MDSSAR ROTC Chapter Contacts:

  • Sgt. Lawrence Everhart / Frederick County​
David M. Schrodel
9834 Steiner Smith Rd
Woodsboro, MD 21798
  • Gen. William Smallwood / Montgomery County
Michael A. Saunders
12107 Hunters Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
  • Christian Ardinger / Washington County

No ROTC or JROTC units.

  • Col. John Eager Howard / Baltimore City
Christopher M. Cortright
4526 Schenley Rd
Baltimore, MD 21210
  • Col. Nicholas Ruxton Moore / Baltimore County
J.D. Urbach
7302 Bay Front Rd
Edgemere, MD 21219
  • John Paul Jones / Anne Arundel County
Christopher C. Beck, Sr.
327 Beach Dr
Annapolis, MD 21403
  • Col. Henry Hollingsworth / Cecil County

No ROTC or JROTC units.

  • Col. Tench Tilghman / Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne's & Talbot Counties
Dr. B. Conway Gregory
144 Sunset Dr
Denton, MD 21629
  • Col. Aquila Hall / Harford County

No ROTC or JROTC units.

  • Charles Carroll of Carrollton / Howard County

No chapter ROTC/JROTC chairman.

  • John Hanson / Prince George's County
George Satterthwaite II
513 Holly Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
  • Capt. John Smoot / Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico & Worchester Counties
Raymond L. Jackson
108 N. Church St
Snow Hill, MD 21863
  • Westminster / Carroll County
Dr. Cecil M. Massie, Sr.
114 Virginia Dr
Westminster, MD 21158
  • Thomas Stone / Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's Counties
Norman J. Saunders, President
11955 Woodbury Road
Nanjemoy, MD 20662
301 246 4324 or 301 659 1002
Kevin Nietmann, Secretary
410 259 1422
  • Little Meadows / Alleghany & Garrett Counties
William Nemith
1303 Sanders Lane
Oakland, MD 21550

Where can I go to find more information?

Please consult the national society website for all of the most up to date official rules and procedures of the contest.

You may contact the State Chairman if you have any questions or concerns about the contest:

George Satterthwaite II
513 Holly Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744

Page updated October 1, 2021