AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC PROGRAM
AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC PROGRAM
Air Force Junior ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) is a four-year program of aerospace science academics and leadership/management instruction, intended to build better citizens for America. All AFJROTC courses are full year five credit electives, selected just like other elective courses. Although they require no pre-requisites to enroll, AFJROTC courses may not be taken concurrently. As a result, only one major course will be offered each academic year, so that the entire AFJROTC curriculum will be completed during a student’s four-year high school experience and will be offered in the school year indicated next to each course name. Requirements for enrollment in the program are:
- Students must be at least fourteen (14) years of age at time of enrollment.
- Students must be willing to meet United States Air Force grooming standards.
- Students must be willing to properly wear the AFJROTC uniform at least once a week.
- Returning students may enroll subject to the approval of the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.
Students enrolling in AFJROTC may be subject to an interview with senior cadets and/or program instructors. Students unable or unwilling to comply with uniform wear, grooming, or conduct aspects of the program may face involuntary dismissal from program. Certificates of completion are awarded to cadets upon graduation, confirming the number of years participating. Uniforms, textbooks and curriculum guidance are provided by the Air Force at no cost to the student. (Exception: While uniforms are issued to students at no cost, maintenance of the uniforms is the student’s responsibility. The Air Force JROTC uniform requires periodic dry cleaning to assure proper appearance and wear. Additionally, students are given an AFJROTC polo shirt. When students wear the polo shirt, it is required that they wear khaki pants as well.) The program is voluntary and incurs NO military obligation. For those students electing military service through one of the military academies, college ROTC, or enlistment, the following benefits are available upon completion of the four-year program:
- Opportunity for special appointments to the United States Air Force Academy (and increased potential for acceptance to other service academies).
- Increased opportunities for ROTC college scholarships.
- Enlistment in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Air Force at a higher enlisted grade.
Students may also elect to participate in a voluntary summer leadership program, normally held at an active duty military installation. Here, students may refine their leadership, management, and military skills in a concentrated environment with cadets from other local high schools. Students can earn 2.5 hours of elective credit (but will not receive quality points toward their GPA) for participating in this eight (8) day encampment, normally held in late June or early July of each year.
The mission of the AFJROTC program is to “Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.”
The goals of the AFJROTC program are to instill:
- The values of citizenship,
- Service to the United States,
- Personal responsibility, and
- A sense of accomplishment.
The objectives of AFJROTC are to educate and train students in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill a sense of responsibility; and develop character and self-discipline through education and instruction in air and space fundamentals and the Air Force's core values of "Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence In All We Do."
This program will enable the students to:
- Develop a high degree of strong morals, self-esteem, self- reliance, personal appearance, and leadership.
- Adhere to the values of integrity, service, and excellence.
- Increase their understanding of patriotism and responsibilities as US citizens.
- Participate in community service activities.
- Expand their skills of critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, and creativity and innovation.
- Demonstrate military customs, courtesies, and traditions and develop habits of order, discipline, and social skills.
- Acquire a broad-based knowledge of aerospace studies and leadership education.
- Strive to graduate from high school and prepare for college and careers in the 21st century.
- Cultivate a commitment to physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
AFJROTC designed as a four-year program for high school students, however, students may participate in JROTC at any time and for any duration. The curriculum includes Aerospace Science (AS), Leadership Education (LE) and Wellness. All students will be given credit towards graduation for successful completion of the AFJROTC program per the Air Force School Agreement. Each academic course must consist of an AS component, an LE component, and a Wellness component, except in Aviation Honors Ground School classes, and stand-alone drill courses.
Aerospace Science (AS)
AS acquaints students with the elements of aerospace and the aerospace environment. It introduces them to the principles of aircraft 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.
Leadership Education (LE)
LE is the portion of the AFJROTC curriculum that develops leadership skills and acquaints students with the practical application of life skills. The leadership education curriculum emphasizes discipline, responsibility, leadership, followership, citizenship, customs and courtesies, cadet corps activities, study habits, time management, communication skills, career opportunities, life skills, financial literacy, management skills, and drill and ceremonies.
Wellness is an official and integral part of the Air Force Junior ROTC program. The objective of the Wellness Program is to motivate cadets to lead healthy, active lifestyles beyond program requirements and into their adult lives. For classes awarding elective or PE credit for AFJROTC courses, 20% of available contact time must be devoted to Wellness instruction.
Aerospace Science (AS) Courses
AS 220: Cultural Studies: An Intro to Global Awareness (9642) (offered 2019-2020) Grade 9-12 5 Credits
This is a customized course about the world’s cultures. The course is specifically created for the US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force Junior ROTC programs. It introduces students to the world’s cultures through the study of world affairs, regional studies, and cultural awareness. The course delves into history, geography, religions, languages, culture, political systems, economics, social issues, environmental concerns, and human rights. It looks at major events and significant figures that have shaped each region. Throughout the course, there are readings, video segments, hands-on activities, other optional activities, technology enrichment, and assessments to guide in the reinforcement of the materials.
AS 100: A Journey Into Aviation History (9643) (offered 2020-2021) Grades 9-12 5 Credits
Aerospace Science: A Journey Into Aviation History is an aviation history course focusing on the development of flight throughout the centuries. It starts with ancient civilizations, then progresses through time to modern day. The emphasis is on civilian and military contributions to aviation; the development, modernization, and transformation of the Air Force; and a brief astronomical and space exploration history. It is interspersed with concise overviews of the principles of flight to include basic aeronautics, aircraft motion and control, flight power, and rockets. Throughout the course, there are readings, videos, hands-on activities, and in-text and student workbook exercises to guide in the reinforcement of the materials.
AS 200: The Science of Flight: A Gateway to New Horizons (9640) (offered 2021-2022) Grades 9-12 5 Credits
The Science of Flight: A Gateway to New Horizons is an introductory course and customized textbook that focuses on how airplanes fly, how weather conditions affect flight, flight and the human body, and flight navigation. The course is designed to complement materials taught in math, physics, and other science-related courses and is aligned with the National Science Education Standards, the Math Standards and Expectations, and ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students.
AS 300: Exploring Space: The High Frontier (9641) (offered 2022-2023) Grade 9-12 5 Credits
Exploring Space: The High Frontier is a science course that includes the latest information available in space science and space exploration. The course begins with the study of the space environment from the earliest days of interest in astronomy and early ideas of the heavens, through the Renaissance, and on into modern astronomy. It provides an in-depth study of the Earth, Sun, stars, Moon, and solar system, including the terrestrial and the outer planets. It discusses issues critical to travel in the upper atmosphere such as orbits and trajectories unmanned satellites, and space probes. It investigates the importance of entering space and discusses manned and unmanned space flights, focusing on concepts surrounding spaceflight, space vehicles, launch systems, and space missions. The section on manned spaceflight focuses on the Space Shuttle, space stations and beyond, covering milestones in the endeavor to land on the Moon and to safely orbit humans and crafts for temporary and prolonged periods. The course covers the human aspect of spaceflight, focusing on the human experience in space. It also examines the latest advances in space technology, including robotics in space, the Mars Rover, and commercial uses of space.
Leadership Education (LE) Courses
LE 300: Life Skills & Career Opportunities (offered 2019 - 2020 ) Grade 9-12
Life Skills and Career Opportunities, provides an essential component of leadership education for today’s high school students. This course it is designed to prepare students for life after high school in the high-tech, globally oriented, and diverse workplace of the 21st century.
LE 400: Principles of Management (offered 2020 – 2021) Grade 9-12
This course provides exposure to the fundamentals of management. The text contains many leadership topics that will benefit students as well as provide them with some of the necessary skills needed to put into practice what they have learned during their time in AFJROTC. This course, coupled with what cadets have already learned during their time in AFJROTC, will equip them with the qualities needed to serve in leadership positions within the corps. Throughout the text are many ethical dilemmas, case studies, and role play activities built into the lessons. These activities are based on real life experiences and will allow students the opportunity to practice what they learn by getting involved in discussions and expressing their opinions.
LE 100: Citizenship, Character, & Air Force Tradition (offered 2021 – 2022) Grade 9-12
The LE-100 textbook introduces cadets to the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program providing a basis for progression through the rest of the AFJROTC program while instilling elements of good citizenship. It contains sections on cadet and Air Force organizational structure; uniform wear; customs, courtesies, and other military traditions; health and wellness; fitness; individual self-control; and citizenship.
LE 200: Communication, Awareness, and Leadership (offered 2022-2023) Grade 9-12
Leadership Education 200 stresses communications skills and cadet corps activities. Much information is provided on communicating effectively, understanding groups and teams, preparing for leadership, solving conflicts and problems, and personal development. Written reports and speeches compliment the academic materials. Cadet corps activities include holding positions of greater responsibility in the planning and execution of corps projects.
Wellness is an official and integral part of the Air Force Junior ROTC program. It consists of two exercise programs focused upon individual base line improvements with the goal of achieving a national standard as calculated by age and gender. The Wellness curriculum is instrumental in developing citizens of character dedicated to serving our nation and communities. The program is provided as a tool to help students develop individualized training programs. Instructors are free to include other activities students enjoy such as team sports in order to keep the Wellness Program fun and motivating. The Wellness Program also provides a list of 19 exercises with examples that may be utilized in a program modifiable to meet individual goals. Instructors will utilize fitness programs that best fit the requirements within their program.