Selection criteria (primarily left up to the Senior Military Science Instructor) should include merit in patriotism, leadership, military bearing, scholarship and general excellence.
An application ( Nomination form with attachments) should be completed by the Senior Military Science Instructor and forwarded to the local SAR contact on all nominees. The Nomination form is available for download at the bottom of this page.
For the State contest each cadet must submit an original essay on the topic "How JROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States". The essay may be done on a computer, typewriter, or by hand (in black ink). This essay will also be used in the National contest. If there is a Chapter contest, Chapters may also require this essay.
You can find the Nomination Form here