Army Junior ROTC Unit Awards
Annually, every Army JROTC program receives an external inspection each and every school year. It is a combination of the scores earned during an external inspection coupled with the various activities each Army JROTC program performs and annotates on their Unit Report that determines their rating for each school year. Various unit awards are presented based on the level of performance each Army JROTC program. The most sought after unit award is the Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD – Gold Star) rating. To a lesser degree, Army JROTC programs can also earn Honor Unit (HU – Blue Star) status or Merit Unit (MU – White Star) status. Failing to meet minimum standards established by the US Army Cadet Command can result in an Army JROTC program being placed on a probationary status.
During school year 2020/2021 our JROTC program will undergo an external JROTC Program Accreditation (JPA) inspection. This daylong inspection will be conducted by a representative from our brigade headquarters located at Fort Knox, Kentucky and they will inspect the following areas: battalion administrative procedures, cadet attendance and participation, cadet curriculum knowledge, use of local media, battalion logistical procedures, training management and physical security. Additionally, our cadet battalion staff will have to prepare and present a formal staff briefing as a part of our inspection. Additionally, our various class periods will also receive a formal uniform inspection and they will have to perform a prearranged platoon drill marching sequence. In order to retain our Honor Unit with Distinction status we will have to perform at a level that ensures that we receive at least 576 out of the possible 600 points during our next JROTC Program Accreditation inspection.
Prior to my arrival to the Eagle Battalion our JROTC program received the status of Merit Unit for the very first time in the history of our battalion. With that said, we've ensured that the North Bullitt High School Eagle Battalion has earned the status of Honor Unit with Distinction each and every school year. I have no doubt whatsoever that we will continue to earn the Honor Unit with Distinction status ultimately allowing our cadets to wear the Gold Star with pride and a true sense of accomplishment!