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Chapter 5

   

MERIT/DEMERIT SYSTEM AND SERVICE POINTS

     
  5.1. Merit/Demerit and Service Points   5.2. Recording Merits/Demerits
  5.3. Merits   5.4. Demerits
  5.5. Award of Service Points    
  Table 5.1. Merits   Table 5.2. Demerits
     

Section 5A-- Overview

   
     
 

5.1. Merit/Demerit and Service Points

       5.1.1. A Merit/ Demerit System will be used by this corps.  It will be used to provide information to
       the Group commander, Operations Squadron Commander, and the SASI/ASI on areas of dress and
       appearance, military deportment that may require emphasis, education, corrective action, and 
       counseling.  The system will also be used in the evaluation of cadets for promotions to staff positions 
       and other honors.
       5.1.2. Service points may be awarded for activities done in support of corps functions such as:  
       community service activities, school functions where cadet participation is requested, or any other event
       deemed appropriate by the SASI/ASI.
   

Section 5B—Merits/Demerits

   
 

5.2. Recording Merits/Demerits

       5.2.1. Each cadet will carry at least two copies of AETC Form 341, Excellence/Discrepancy Report, with
       the headings completed, while in uniform.

       5.2.2. When a violation is committed or a commendation is noted; an AETC Form 341 will be collected
       from the cadet.  A staff officer or flight commander may collect an
AETC Form 341 from both officers
       and enlisted personnel.  The First Sergeant may collect an
AETC Form 341 from enlisted personnel.  The
       person collecting the form will complete the remaining spaces on the form, sign it in the proper space
       and enter the number of merits/demerits.

       5.2.3. The AETC Form 341 for all personnel shall then be placed in the appropriate Flight CC distribution
       box.  The Flight Commander will collect these forms and annotate remarks on
AZ-862 Form 344 for the
       appropriate flight.

       5.2.4. The Flight Commander will make all cadets aware of the merits/demerits.  The cadet will initial in
       the applicable spaces on the AZ Form 344 and sign the form to acknowledge agreement or disagreement.
       If the cadet disagrees, he/she must provide a written statement of the reason for disagreement.

       5.2.5. The AETC Form 341 for enlisted cadets shall then be placed in the 1st Sergeant’s box for approval
       of the number of merits/demerits. The First Sergeant will place the 341 and the 344 in a folder marked
       “Operations Squadron CC" located in the Cadet Learning Center.

       5.2.6. The AETC Form 341 and AZ-862 Form 344 for officers shall be placed in the Operations Squadron
       CC box.  The Operations Squadron CC will sign in the appropriate place and initiate necessary action.

       5.2.7. At the end of each week, an alphabetical or class list shall be submitted to the SASI noting the
       number of merits/demerits each cadet has accumulated.

      
5.2.8. As demerits are accrued by enlisted cadets on a semester basis; the Group Commander shall take
       action as follows:

                5.2.8.1. 20 Demerits:  Cadet receives a warning.

                5.2.8.2. 30 Demerits:  Cadet is restricted from all non-required activities.  However, the cadet must
                attend all required activities.

                5.2.8.3. 50 Demerits:  Cadet meets a Disciplinary Board.  The Board will make a recommendation
                to the SASI as to action to be taken against the cadet.  These recommendations may range from
                a letter of reprimand to dismissal from the Corps.

       5.2.9. For cadet officers demerits may be given for improper wear of uniform, appearance of uniform, or
       grooming.  If demerits for these infractions exceed 15 points per semester, the next officer in the chain
       of command will give a letter of reprimand which may lead to removal.  If an officer is given demerits for
       leadership or misconduct, the next officer in the chain of command will give a letter of reprimand which
       may lead to removal. Officers are expected to set the standards and therefore, disciplinary action is
       different and tougher than that of an enlisted cadet.

       5.2.10. If a cadet continually receives demerits for the same offense, additional demerits may be levied
       by the SASI/
ASI after counseling the cadet.

       5.2.11. Appeals on a decision or a Board recommendation may be made to the Inspector General (IG). 
       If the cadet is still not convinced of his or her transgressions, an appeal may be made through the chain-
       of-command to the SASI/ASI.

5.3. Merits:  Will be awarded as a just reward for outstanding efficiency, exceptional performance of duty or
noteworthy achievement. Types of behavior for which merit points may be given are listed in Table 5.1.

   
 

TABLE 5.1 Merits

ACTION

MERITS

Cadet of the Semester

25

Most Improved Cadet of the Year

20

Most Improved Cadet of Semester

15

Cadet of the Month (authorized to wear maroon & black cord)

15

Special Achievement

10

Sharp Looker Award (authorized to wear maroon cord)

5

Perfect Test Score

5

Merit Projects (merits per hour or prorated for part of an hour) SASI/ASI discretion

5

Perfect Quiz Score

2

Posted Grade of “A” on Progress Report or Report Card

2

Exceptional Military Bearing

2

Early Turn in of Homework and/or Assignments

2

   
 

5.4. Demerits: may be recommended for offenses as reported by officers and the First Sergeant.

       5.4.1. Demerits for the current quarter may be appealed to the IG, and then to the SASI/ASI.

       5.4.2. Table 5.2. Identifies some of the most common demerit items.

       5.4.3. Demerits can be assessed by the SASI/ASI, as they deem necessary.

   
 

TABLE 5.2. Demerits                                    

ACTION

DEMERITS

Dress and Personal Appearance

 

Dirty, Soiled Uniform

1

Haircut

1

Wrinkled Uniform

1

Shoes not Shined

1

Need Shave; sideburns, mustache out of regulation

1

Female hair out of regulation; bulk, below collar, improper bands, not put up correctly

1

No Headgear

1

Jewelry; not conformed to standards, excessive, not authorized

1

No Tie, when Applicable

1

No Belt

1

Improper T-shirt

1

Holes in shirt, coat or jacket (“bullet holes”)

1

Grade Insignia

1

No Nametag

1

Item Unbuttoned

1

Lint on Uniform

1

Ribbons not in Correct Order

1

Gig Line Not Straight

1

Belt Buckle Scarred

1

Loose Strings on Uniform

1

Leadership

 

Conduct Unbecoming a Cadet

20

Abuse of Authority NCO/Officer

10

Failure to Perform Duties

10

Failure to Wear Uniform

10/40 points*

            Subsequent Violation

20/80 points*

Lack of Military Courtesy

5

Missing a Meeting or Formation

5

Talking without Permission

5

Failure to Turn-in Homework (once per assignment)

5

Failure to Salute

3

Misconduct

 

Serious Misconduct (cheating, fighting, stealing)

50

Deliberate or Careless Misuse of Government or School Property

15

Disrespect to Cadet Officers/NCOs or Other Cadets

10

Public Display of Affection (In Uniform)

10

            Subsequent Violations

20

Food or Drink (except water) Consumed in the ROTC Classroom or Cadet Offices

10

            Subsequent Violations

20

Disruptive Classroom Behavior

5

Profanity

5

Sleeping in Class

3

Chewing Gum in Class/Formation

2

Failure to Bring Required Book or Assignment to Class

10

No AETC Form 341

1

Improperly Filled Out AETC Form 341

1

Note:  Failure to wear uniform for any reason may lead to automatic dismissal from the Corps per the agreement signed by cadet and parents/guardians.  Dismissal is at the discretion of the SASI.
Note: 
Demerit values increase dramatically for back to back violations . . . e.g. haircut first violation 1 demerit, 10 for the second, 20 for the third and so on.
* The points assessed are reflected in the cadet's leadership grade for the week.
   

Section 5C—Service Points

   
 

5.5. Award of Service Points:

       5.5.1. As stated in paragraph 5.1.2 of this chapter service points are awarded for service done in
       support of Corps activities

       5.5.2. Service points shall be cumulative.  A running total and balance shall be maintained by the
       Personnel Officer on each cadet and will be maintained as a part of the individual's personnel file until
       the file is closed subsequent to graduation or the cadet’s termination from the corps.

       5.5.3. Fifteen (15) service points must be earned for award of the Service Ribbon. The first  award will
       be the ribbon; subsequent awards will be oak leaf clusters.  In lieu of five oak leaf clusters, one silver
       leaf cluster is worn.

       5.5.4. Award of the Service Ribbon or subsequent oak leaf clusters shall be accomplished at the earliest
       time after each fifteen (15) points is earned.  The Personnel Officer shall initiate special orders announcing
       the award at least once per month, but more often if time and activities permit.

       5.5.5. Service points are awarded at a rate of 1 point per hour of non-strenuous labor and 2 points per
       hour for strenuous labor

       5.5.6. The SASI/ASI will determine if an activity will have service points associated with it.

       5.5.7. Project officers may request their project have service points associated with it through the
       SASI/ASI.

       5.5.8. When working for service points your failure to perform the required tasks, attitude, and manner
       to which you perform, affect the amount of service points you will receive

       5.5.9. Service Point Sheets:  Not more than one academic day after the event, the official in charge will
       submit to the Personnel Officer a list of cadets who are to receive the number of service points
       prescribed.  These lists will be approved by the SASI/ASI prior to submission to the Personnel Officer.
   
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