Presented annually to outstanding Junior ROTC cadets at participating high schools. The Daedalian Medal is considered one of the most prestigious awards given to JROTC cadets and is normally presented by a current Daedalian at a formal awards ceremony.
--awarded to an outstanding cadet from the second year in a three-year program or from the third year in a four-year program who:
a. Has demonstrated patriotism, love of country and service to our nation.
b. Has indicated the potential and desire to pursue a military career.
c. Ranks in the upper ten percent of his or her JROTC class.
d. Ranks in the upper twenty percent of his or her high school class.
- (During the presentation of the Daedalian JROTC Achievement Award the following should be read:)
THE ORDER OF DAEDALIANS IS A FRATERNITY OF COMMISSIONED MILITARY PILOTS FROM ALL MILITARY SERVICES. IT IS NAMED AFTER THE LEGENDARY FIGURE, DAEDALUS, AND WAS ORGANIZED BY WORLD WAR I COMMISSIONED MILTARY PILOTS WHO SOUGHT TO PERPETUATE THE SPIRIT OF PATRIOTISM, LOVE OF COUNTRY AND THOSE HIGH IDEALS OF SELF-SACRIFICE WHICH PLACE SERVICE TO THE NATION ABOVE PERSONAL SAFETY AND POSITION. THIS AWARD IS OFFERED TO ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE TRAITS IN JUNIOR ROTC CADETS AND TO INTEREST THEM IN A MILITARY CAREER.