The H. L. Hunley Award was designed by the Florida Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, to recognize deserving Junior ROTC cadets who have demonstrated the qualities of Honor, Courage, and Commitment to his or her unit throughout the school year. The award honors the crews of the Confederate Submarine H. L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy vessel in combat. Typically, the award is given to a rising second year cadet identified by his JROTC instructors and is presented by a member of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp.

In July 2014 the Executive Council of the Florida Division Sons of Confederate Veterans approved the establishment of a Kirby-Smith Camp #1209 as ‘Program Coordinator’ for the “H.L. Hunley JROTC Award”.  For the school year 2017 over 135 deserving young cadets received the award in the Florida Division. The award program was designed to promote visibility of our Camps in the community as well as having outstanding young JROTC cadets wearing the Sons of Confederate Veterans Medal on their chest for three years. We are encouraging all Florida Camps to send an inquiry letter to their local JROTC units. The letter will state that the cadet should be a rising second year student and will ask that units interested in participating in the program notify by letter, phone, or e-mail the sponsorship Camp  prior to March 1st. Most JROTC Awards Ceremonies are not held until the end of April or early May. Units do not have to give the name of the recipient at that time, just state that they desire to be considered for a medal, ribbon, and certificate.   

After a camp adopts a JROTC unit they will contact the school and exchange contact information. The camp will forward $38.00 ($30.00 plus $8.00 shipping) sponsorship money, and the State program coordinator will send the camp the award’s package (medal and certificate). Send check made out to S.C.V.  to:

Hunley Award
4884 Victoria Chase Ct
Jacksonville, FL 32257

If you have questions concerning awards, please contact: the Florida JROTC Program Coordinator at: