AUSA’s LTG Theodore Stroup, Jr., Achievement Award

AUSA’s LTG Theodore Stroup, Jr., Achievement Award

AUSA’s LTG Theodore Stroup, Jr.,
Achievement Award

Why: The purpose of the LTG Theodore Stroup, Jr., Achievement Award is to engage the next generation of Soldiers and DoD stakeholders at a young age, to promote their growth into mature members of the defense community and to build an awareness of AUSA.

What: This will be accomplished by an annual essay contest, open to JROTC students in their junior and senior years who hold an unweighted minimum GPA of 3.25. Each essay will be accompanied by an academic transcript and a letter of recommendation and will be focused on a matter relevant to current issues and/or military history in the defense world. The award, given to 3 contestants, consists of a monetary prize - one prize of $2,500 and two prizes of $1,250, and it may include attendance/recognition at an AUSA event and a two-year AUSA membership.


Read the following article: LTG James Dubik, “Rebalancing Needed to Preserve Apolitical Military,” ARMY Magazine, November 2019, 5–6,

Consider LTG Dubik’s definition of an apolitical military.

First, unpack and summarize his argument in your own words.

Next, evaluate and respond to his position. If you think it is correct, in what way(s)? If you think it is incomplete, what is missing? If you think it is wrong, why?

In light of this understanding, choose an event from recent (within the past few years) American history, and trace how one or more of Dubik’s three paradoxes played out in a particular circumstance.

Finally, in a spirit of personal responsibility, and an understanding that many of the evaluations of the military’s apoliticism or lack thereof are determined at a senior leadership level, consider what you can do to support the necessary effort to maintain an apolitical Army. Provide an example, either real or hypothetical, in which you encountered, or might encounter, a situation that calls for you to balance your duty as a Soldier with your civil liberties to hold political opinions in the democratic-republic that is the United States.

  • 800–1250 words;
  • Times New Roman;
  • 12 PT Font;
  • Double-spaced;
  • Include name, email address and JROTC Brigade on first page;
  • Remember to cite all sources used—failure to do so is plagiarism.

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How/Where: With the assistance of U.S. Army Cadet Command, AUSA’s Education & Programs will push this opportunity out to JROTC programs nationwide, ensuring that awareness of the program’s benefits and of AUSA as a whole is made readily available to individuals who help to guide today’s JROTC Cadets as they choose their paths into adulthood.

When: We will begin accepting submission on 8 February 2021. Applications will be due no later than 31 May 2021. Winners will be notified soon after.


Click here to apply online


Lieutenant General Theodore Stroup, Jr., USA, Ret., for whom this award is named, is currently a Senior Fellow at AUSA and is the Education & Programs Writing Review Board Chairman. Retiring after 35 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army, he served as AUSA’s Vice President of Education and Executive Director of the Institute of Land Warfare from 1997 to 2013. Commissioned through the U.S. Military Academy in 1962, General Stroup later served as a course director in the Academy’s Military Science Branch. He holds an MA in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MA in Finance and Economics from the American University. A graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and U.S. Army War College, General Stroup is a Registered Professional Engineer.