DAR Youth Citizenship Medal

The DAR Youth Citizenship Medal (formerly Good Citizenship Medal) was established to foster among schoolchildren a greater appreciation of the qualities of citizenship Americans must possess if our country is to remain sovereign and independent.

This medal is presented to a student who exemplifies the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism.

  • The program is open to individuals in grades 5-11.
  • There may only be one medal awarded per grade per school.
  • The medal may also be awarded to youth service and patriotic organizations.

Click here for an informational PDF handout.
For additional information about Good Citizenship Medal, please contact your local DAR chapter.

Please note: The DAR Youth Citizenship Medal and the DAR Good Citizens Award are two different programs. For information about the DAR Good Citizens Award, click here.

ROTC Medals

The DAR began awarding medals to ROTC students in 1967 in recognition of the ROTC as an important program that prepares trained officers for service in the armed forces.

ROTC Medals are awarded to student cadets of outstanding ability and achievement in high school, junior college, college, or university ROTC programs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Naval Sea Cadet Units. Medal recipients are selected by the professors of military science and the principals of the school.

  • Recipients must have demonstrated loyalty and patriotism and earned a record of military and scholastic achievement during their participation in an ROTC program.
  • Students must be in the upper 25% of their classes in ROTC and in academic subjects.
  • They must have shown qualities of dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training.

Gold ROTC Medal:
This medal is awarded to a graduating college or university student being commissioned in one of the U.S. Military.

Bronze ROTC Medal:
This medal is awarded to either a junior or senior student in a secondary school JROTC program, or to a Junior College or U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Unit graduating senior.


Click here for an informational PDF handout.
For additional information about DAR Medals, please contact your local DAR chapter.

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