Close up the thread, this discussion can end with the above post.Nothing could be farther from the truth.
For 2018 Army ROTC, 75% of award recipients had ZERO JROTC background.
Here is the National profile of Army ROTC awardees from the University of North Georgia AROTC website:
Army Cadet Command looks at three areas of performance in what they term Scholar/Athlete/Leader (SAL) criteria.Source: https://ung.edu/military-college-admissions/costs-financial-aid/scholarships-and-grants/army-rotc-scholarship.php
The more extensive your leadership record in these activities, the better your chances. The Cadet Command selection board makes decisions based on the strength of your application compared to the applicant pool. The profile for the 2018 academic year nation-wide recipients:
95% were in the top 50% of their classes in academics (71% were in the top 25%)
26% were class officers
79% earned varsity sports letters
63% were varsity team sports captains
25% were in JROTC
19% were club presidents
3.7 average GPA
1321 math + critical reading SAT
Tell your buddy to parse his source data more carefully.
Hate to burst your bubble but that quote this alludes to originally comes from Treasure of the Sierra Madre in 1948, starring Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, and Tim Holt. It was directed by John Huston who had a cameo. The original quote is actually "Badges! We don't need no stinking badges!" I remember watching it when it first came out! Cost me 15 cents to get in the theater. I still had 10 cents left for popcorn.At which point you can tell your buddy: “JROTC? I don’t need no stinking JROTC!” (Apologies if that ‘80s cinema reference is lost on you.)