Grand Strand Chapter

The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program at Coastal Carolina University:

One of the Grand Strand MOAA Chapter’s core missions is to support the Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (AROTC) Unit at Coastal Carolina University. 

MOAA ROTC Leadership Medal/Certificate annual awards:  Near the end of each academic year our Chapter provides a MOAA Leadership Medal and Certificate to an outstanding junior or sophomore cadet at CCU Army ROTC.

CCU ROTC Commissioning Recognition Night and Color Guard presentation:  Annually, our MOAA chapter recognizes the graduating cadets who will be commissioned as Army 2nd LTs at a spring chapter dinner meeting.  We present each prospective 2nd LT with a set of dress uniform gold bars, a cloth patch insignia for their BDUs and a congratulatory certificate.  The CCU Army ROTC Unit provides the color guard for the opening of this dinner meeting.  We also provide a year’s complimentary membership to our chapter.

CCU ROTC/JROTC Field Day & Campus Visit:  For the calendar year 2018 the ROTC and JROTC coordinators are working with CCU ROTC and JROTC Senior Instructors in hopes of our MOAA chapter sponsoring a campus visit and field day hosted by CCU ROTC cadets for area JROTC junior and sophomore year cadets.  This would provide a leadership training opportunity for the CCU ROTC college cadets and a look at campus/ROTC life for the JROTC students as well as a competitive athletic event.  Both a college visit and athletic competition would provide beneficial input to end of year awards/rankings among the JROTC Units as well as an informative and fun day for the young cadets.  Scheduling this event for both CCU’s convenience and maximum HS JROTC Unit participation will be difficult.

MOAA Chapter Guest Speaking and Mentorship Opportunities:  This year our Chapter has offered to provide guest speakers or mentors for CCU so the students will  have an opportunity to take advantage of the leadership and national security affairs expertise resident in our membership.

 Click on this link for more information regarding the ROTC program at Coastal Carolina University:  

 

                                https://www.coastal.edu/rotc/index.html

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 Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Program support:

One of the Grand Strand MOAA Chapter’s core missions is support for the 18 Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) Units from all services assigned to our chapter.  The JROTC Units range across northeast SC and include:  Andrews HS (Navy), Aynor HS (Army), Carolina Forest HS (Navy), Carvers Bay (Marine Corps), Conway HS (Navy), Dillon HS (Army), Georgetown HS (Navy), Green Seas Floyd HS (Army), Hemingway HS (Army), Latta HS (Army), Loris HS (Army), Marion HS (Army),  Mullins HS (Marine Corps),  Myrtle Beach HS (Navy), Marlboro County HS (Army), North Myrtle Beach HS (Navy), Saint James HS (Army), and Socastee HS (Air Force).

Ongoing Contact:  The Grand Strand Chapter maintains close contact with the HS JROTC Units through our JROTC Coordinator and Scholarship Committee Chairman, who are Board Members; and they make a combination of annual personal visits as well as telephone, email and regular mail correspondence contact.   Additionally, regular members volunteer to present MOAA Leadership Medals at HS JROTC Annual Awards ceremonies.

Scholarship Opportunities: Over a number of years the Chapter has worked hard to increase our merit based scholarship awards to college bound graduating JROTC cadets from a single $1,000 annual scholarship, to three or even four $2,000 scholarships each year.  This is one of the, most generous scholarships provided by charitable organizations on the Grand Strand.  The Scholarship Awardees and their immediate families are recognized as our honored guests at our early May dinner meeting.  They later ride in the Myrtle Beach Military Appreciation Days parade.

JROTC Unit Activity Grants:  In the spring of 2017 the Chapter approved $1,000 to assist JROTC Units conduct competitive meets, make college campus and historic site visits, or fund tuition for summer leadership academies or similar unit activities for which the units do not regularly receive service financial support.  The grants were provided on a first come/first served application basis for up to $200 per unit and were accounted for in a short span of time.  For the school year 2017-2018, the Chapter increased our JROTC grant commitment to $3,600 and has provided a $200 Activity Grant to all 18 HS Units we support.

MOAA JROTC Leadership Medal/Certificate annual awards:  Near the end of each academic year our Chapter offers to provide a MOAA Leadership Medal and Certificate to an outstanding junior or sophomore cadet at all 18 of the supported JROTC Units.  If possible, we try to provide a chapter member as presenter at the annual awards ceremonies held by the Units.  In the spring of 2017 we provided medals and certificates for all 18 JROTC Units, and we were able to schedule chapter presenters at 13 of the 15 Units who held ceremonies.

JROTC Senior Instructor/Spouse Recognition Night:  For the last several years, coincident with our May JROTC Scholarship Award night, we have invited all JROTC Unit senior instructors and their spouses to be our guests at our dinner meeting to recognize their valuable and demanding roles as mentors for the youth of our communities.  We also use this opportunity to have the JROTC instructors update our membership on the purpose and policies encompassing the JROTC program.

JROTC Color Guard participation in Chapter dinner meetings:  In order to add an element of a traditional military ceremony to our dinner meetings we invite JROTC Unit color guards to help open eight of our ten monthly meetings (two of our meetings we have color guard help from the SC State Guard).  The Unit’s color guard, accompanying instructor and spouse are invited to remain for our dinner and program as our guests if their schedule permits.  We provide a small honorarium to the JROTC Units for their efforts supporting us.

CCU ROTC/JROTC Field Day & Campus Visit:  For the calendar year 2018 the ROTC and JROTC coordinators are working with CCU ROTC and JROTC Senior Instructors in hopes of our MOAA chapter sponsoring a campus visit and field day hosted by CCU ROTC cadets for area JROTC junior and sophomore year cadets.  This would provide a leadership training opportunity for the CCU ROTC college cadets and a look at campus/ROTC life for the JROTC students as well as a competitive athletic event.  Both a college visit and athletic competition would provide beneficial input to end of year awards/rankings among the JROTC Units as well as an informative and fun day for the young cadets.  Scheduling this event for both CCU’s convenience and maximum HS JROTC Unit participation will be difficult.

MOAA Chapter Guest Speaking and Mentorship Opportunities:  This year our Chapter has offered to provide guest speakers or mentors for JROTC classes so the Units have an opportunity to take advantage of the leadership and national security affairs expertise resident in our membership.

     The Grand Strand Chapter of MOAA remains committed to supporting our eighteen JROTC Units as fully as possible to the mutual benefit of the units, their cadets, and our membership as well.  We encourage officers serving in the JROTC Units to join MOAA national and our Chapter and a number of them are dedicated Chapter members.


MOAA Grand Strand Chapter is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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