GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: The goal of the
Air Force Junior ROTC program is to help high school students become
better citizens and leaders by instilling a sense of responsibility,
character, and self-discipline. The program promotes community
service, education excellence, teamwork, fitness and personal
development for success. An underlying thread in JROTC is patriotism
and pride in the institutions and values that make this country strong.
We focus on citizenship and leadership in all we do. Our cadets are
heavily active in community service and beyond. They respond with open
hearts and hard work when it comes to helping others. Leadership is
reflected in every activity. The cadets learn the fundamentals of good
“followership” first, then develop sound leadership principles that
will help them succeed in any environment.
What does AFJROTC stand for? AFJROTC stands for Junior Reserve
Officers’ Training Corps. It is a military regulated high school
program whose purpose is to educate high school students in leadership
roles while making them aware of the benefits of citizenship. The
mission of AFJROTC is to motivate young people to become better
2. Will my son/daughter have to serve in the military if they join high school AFJROTC? No, because this is a citizen program in which leadership is developed.
3. Does the AFJROTC program recruit for the Armed Forces? No! We
do not recruit for the Armed Forces. Most students enroll in college
or into a technical school. Some students do elect to join the
military and if so, they enter the service with an accelerated
promotion which means an immediate monthly raise.
4. Who teaches the students? All
AFJROTC instructors are retired from active military service. They
are certified to teach AFJROTC in accordance with published standards
from each of the military service (Army, Navy, and Air Force).
6. What can students expect to learn by taking AFJROTC? Leadership,
Citizenship, Organizational Skills, Self Discipline, Team Building,
Ethics, Respect/Courtesy, Physical Fitness, Managing Peer Pressure,
Stress Management, Map Reading, Economics, Overcoming Adversity,
Military History, Personal Finance, Character Values, Test Preparation,
Self Confidence, and Self Esteem building.
7. What makes AFJROTC and Leadership different from other classes? Students
learn to lead through instruction and actual situations. For
instance, an AFJROTC cadet will lead classmates in and outside the
classroom during class trips or various activities such as Drill and
Ceremony and Color Guard.
8. Why do the students conduct drill or march? AFJROTC
uses drill and ceremonies as a well-defined, relatively easy to master
training tool or vehicle. This tool is used to teach and develop
teamwork, leadership, instructional skills, attention to detail,
bearing, respect for authority and for others, responsibility, and
9. Are students required to wear a uniform? Yes.
Cadets are required to wear the Air Force AFJROTC uniform once a
week on uniform day. The uniform is provided by the military, and is
fitted to each cadet. The uniform consists of a pair of trousers,
shoes (must be shined), black socks, shirt, black belt and buckle, and a
garrison cap. Cadets earn their rank and awards to put on their
uniforms. It is considered an honor to wear the uniform and cadets
wear it with pride. Members of AFJROTC teams may wear the uniform more
often for events and competitions.
10. Are both male and females enrolled in AFJROTC? Yes. All leadership positions are available to both male and females equally.
11. Are there special rules students are required to follow? Yes,
although not to the extreme. There are regulations about personal
appearance of cadets, wearing of the uniform, and even how to address
the other military personnel and cadets. For example, males are not
permitted to wear earring(s) in the classroom, and females
are only allowed one pair of earrings, one earring in each ear on
uniform days. Males must have their hair cut so it does not exceed
past their ears, lengthwise, and female cadets must have their hair off
the collar when in uniform.
12. What kind of recognition can I get by participating in the program? There
are many awards which cadets can earn for participation and
achievement in the program. Some are given by each school, but others
can be awarded by local military organizations such as the Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Military Order of Purple Heart, and the Daughters of the
American Revolution. These are just a few of the organizations that
give awards. All awards have certain criteria, but are open to all who
achieve those criteria. Involvement, good leadership traits, and
being an active participant of the program are the main requirements.