The local Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC Units are comprised of ROTC students attending multiple universities in the San Diego area. Each unit has its own award nominating and selection process, and then the Service ROTC Unit Commanding Officer signs off on each of the selected awardees. Units present their Top / Distinguished Awards during their respective Fall or Spring Commissioning Ceremonies. NDIA San Diego provides a formal citation and a service-specific Sword or Saber for up to two Top and Distinguished Graduates per service each school year.