SALUTE sets minimum standards for selecting students to be honored. SALUTE permits each chartered institution to define additional criteria according to their local chapter. This approach will allow for a vast array of military and veteran students to be honored each year all across the country at diverse institutions. Each student selected for recognition through membership in SALUTE will receive a military style challenge coin, and a membership certificate suitable for framing.
Students selected for membership can either become part of a locally organized chapter or simply be nominated to the National Chapter. The locally created and registered/recognized chapters can take every imaginable form. Some are honorary societies in the strictest sense of the word, existing solely to honor their members. Others can meet campus social needs, leadership needs, even activism needs on some campuses. The goal is to recognize outstanding students through SALUTE to meet their greatest needs and SALUTE is a way to show the hard work and dedication of student veterans.
Membership Standards for SALUTE All undergraduate students selected for induction to SALUTE must meet the following criteria (for graduate students, please see section below):
A) Be currently enrolled as a student and have a minimum of 12 course credits.
B) Qualify as military/veteran student under locally-derived and maintained definitions. Applicant must submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy that displays the character of service (honorable discharge). Applicants currently serving on active duty or in the Guard or Reserves must submit a copy of orders for their current duty assignment.
C) The GPA tiers are broken down according to the following: Alpha Tier GPA: 3.75 - 4.00
Bravo Tier GPA: 3.50 - 3.74
Charlie Tier GPA: 3.25 - 3.49
Delta Tier GPA: 3.00 - 3.24 Grade Point Averages may not be rounded.
D) Have served or currently be serving in the military, National Guard, or reserves. If no longer serving, have been honorably discharged from service.
E) Maintain the highest ethical standards.
Upward Mobility Individual members are encouraged to move up to the next higher tier level as their GPA increases. This demonstrated serves to motivate students to improve professionally as well as academically and receive updated materials for individual certificates.
Graduate Students Graduate students are welcomed to apply for membership as well as undergraduates. Inducted graduate students will be classified as SALUTE Gold Members. To qualify as a Gold Member, the student must have completed 12 semester/quarter hours of graduate work or the equivalent, and must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. There are no tier levels for grad students.