Air Force Junior ROTC
Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) is a program for students in grades 9-12 who are looking for something different and challenging. The mission of the AFJROTC program is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. Students will learn to listen and think critically, how to prepare for leadership, how to build personal awareness and self-discipline, key elements of building and leading effective teams, key behaviors for becoming a competent leader, and the importance of charting a career path. Enrollment in AFJROTC incurs NO MILITARY OBLIGATION; however, scholarship opportunities and promotion benefits are available to experienced AFJROTC cadets should the student decide to pursue a military career after graduating from high school.
The AFJROTC curriculum includes three components: Aerospace Science (AS), Leadership Education (LE), and Wellness. Aerospace Science introduces students to the principles of flight and navigation, the history of aviation, development of air power, contemporary aviation, human requirements of flight, cultural and global awareness, geography, the space environment, space programs, space technology, rocketry, propulsion, the aerospace industry and survival skills. The Leadership Education component emphasizes discipline, responsibility, leadership, followership, citizenship, military customs and courtesies, cadet corps activities, study habits, time management, communication skills, career opportunities, life skills, financial literacy, management skills, and drill. Drill is taught throughout the school year as part of the leadership component in conjunction with formal AS and LE academic lessons. Wellness is an official and integral part of the AFJROTC program (inclusive of all athletic abilities). The objective of the wellness program is to motivate cadets to lead healthy, active lifestyles beyond program requirements and into their adult lives. Cadets will be given the opportunity to put into practice the wellness concepts that are taught in class. Wellness includes exercise and physical activity.
Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities reinforce classroom leadership instruction and encourage community service. Cadets organize and participate in Color Guard, Drill Team, ceremonies, parades and athletic events in the school and community. Students have the opportunity to attend field trips to aerospace museums and military bases and participate in hands on learning experiences to include RC model aircraft, model rockets, quadcopters and flight simulators.