Marshall-Arnold Air Force ROTC

Award Seminar


The George C. Marshall/Henry “Hap” Arnold ROTC Award is presented annually to an outstanding senior cadet from each college and university with an Air Force ROTC program.  Award winners attend a three-day seminar in the Washington, DC area.  Winners are selected on the basis of integrity, leadership, scholarship, duty and physical conditioning. 

The Seminar seeks to inspire exceptional young men and women to embody the timeless values of selfless service, character, ethics, leadership, and citizenship personified by Marshall and Arnold.  The program is designed to reinforce and advance Air Force ROTC training and education as these new leaders prepare to take their place as active citizens of their communities, nation and the world.

       The goals of the Air Force ROTC Award Seminar are:

  • To recognize outstanding senior Air Force ROTC Cadets
  • To educate award winners about contemporary defense and national security issues
  • To expose the cadets to high-level administration officials, uniformed and civilian
  • To provide the opportunity for award winners to meet their peers and begin to form a network of colleagues prior to receiving their commissions.
  • To perpetuate the unique legacies of Generals Marshall and Arnold to a new generation of leaders. 


The seminar focuses on national security with an Air Force-designated unique sub-theme each year.  The two and one-half day seminar blends plenary sessions and roundtable discussion groups.  The seminar exposes the cadets to our nation’s senior leaders, uniformed and civilian, such as the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Commander Air Education and Training Command and senior members of the administration and Congress.  Roundtable discussion groups, led by qualified academics and practitioners, form the nucleus of the seminar and focus on national security and leadership development.