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.
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.
DAR Distinguished Citizen Medals
The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal was introduced in 2013 to recognize individuals, eighteen years of age and older, who fulfill the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism. The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal is awarded to emergency first responders; active duty military and veterans of the United States Armed Forces; and citizens who have contributed to the defense and security of the community, state, or nation in an exceptional manner. A chapter may present two (2) DAR Distinguished Citizen Medals per calendar year (January 1 – December 31.) A nominee may not receive more than one (1) DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal.
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 and Marine Corps. 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. Armed Services.
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.
DAR Outstanding Cadet Medals
The DAR began awarding DAR Outstanding Cadet Medals in 2014 to recognize outstanding student cadets participating in non-ROTC, military-affiliated cadet programs funded by schools or privately. Eligible programs include, but are not limited to, Naval Sea Cadet Corps; Civil Air Patrol Cadets Corps; National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC); United States Army Cadet Corps (formerly the American Cadet Alliance); Young Marines; California Wing Cadet Corps; Middle School Cadet Corps; Navy League Cadet Corps; Army Cadets of America; and United States Army Cadet Corps. The medal recognizes a cadet that has distinguished him or herself through outstanding leadership, honor, service, courage, and patriotism (one medal per year per cadet unit.)