If you are looking for a
program that will give you ALL of the skills necessary to accomplish
ANYTHING in life then Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
(AFJROTC) is here for you! This is NOT a recruiting program for the
military and there is no military commitment to participate. However,
if cadets desire to join the military we can assist. Likewise, if a
cadet wants to go to college, university, trade school or just go to
work after high school, we are more than happy to assist with that as
well. More information about the program is listed below.
Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.
Instill values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and sense of accomplishment.
Personnel and Resources
The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps staff includes 31
headquarters’ personnel and more than 1,910 retired Air Force officer
and enlisted military instructors. There are 870 Air Force Junior ROTC
units with nearly 120,000 cadets in high schools across the United
States and selected Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe
and the Pacific and public schools in Puerto Rico and Guam. The Air
Force plans to continue expansion efforts to 955 units by 2020 when
funds are available. With the addition of new units, AFJROTC is expected
to reach more than 135,000 cadets worldwide.
Air Force JROTC provides leadership training and an aerospace science
program for high school students. Secondary school students who enroll
in the AFJROTC program are offered a wide variety of curricular and
extra-curricular activities. The program explores the historic and
scientific aspects of aerospace technology and teaches high school
students self-reliance, self-discipline and other characteristics found
in good leaders. The AFJROTC program is open to 9th-12th grade students
who are citizens of the United States. The program is not a recruiting
tool for the military services and those students who participate in
AFJROTC do not incur any obligation to the Air Force.
The objectives of Air Force Junior ROTC are to educate and train high
school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service;
instill a sense responsibility; 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.”
Aerospace science comprises 40 percent of the curriculum, leadership
education 40 percent, and health and wellness for life training 20
percent. All students who successfully complete AFJROTC classes are
granted credit toward graduation. Classroom study includes the heritage
of flight, principles of aircraft flight and navigation, human
requirements of flight, development of aerospace power, aerospace
vehicles, rocketry, space and technology programs, and the aerospace
industry. Students are also introduced to military customs and
courtesies, citizenship in the United States, first aid, wellness,
health and fitness, basic drill and ceremonies, effective
communications, management, human relations, and life after high school.
All uniforms and curriculum materials are provided by the Air Force.
To reinforce what is learned in the classroom, cadets participate in
many outside activities such as field trips to military bases, aerospace
facilities and industries, museums, civilian airports and other areas
related to aerospace education.
Cadets also participate in parades, leadership laboratory activities,
civilian air rifle marksmanship programs, drill team competitions, color
and honor guards, military balls, and honorary academic groups. Many
AFJROTC units complement the curriculum through the cooperation and
resources of organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration, Civil Air Patrol, and the National Endowment for
All AFJROTC instructors are retired Air Force commissioned and
non-commissioned officers. The instructors maintain Air Force standards
and are trained through the AFJROTC Academic Instructor Course. They are
full-time faculty members of the participating high school and are
employed by the local school board to teach AFJROTC classes. There are
more than 1,910 instructors serving in the 870 units around the world.
Community service is a major part of the cadet experience and helps
instill a sense of civic pride and citizenship. Projects range from
working with national organizations like the March of Dimes, Muscular
Dystrophy, the National Red Ribbon Campaign, and Special Olympics to
participating in local community projects such as cleaning and
refurbishing cemeteries, building parks, and sponsoring Little League
baseball teams. In school year 2012-2013, JROTC cadets performed more
than 1.56 million hours of community service.
Drug Abuse Prevention
Cadets are also very active in drug abuse prevention education. The
Awareness Presentation Team is a program designed to provide cadets as
positive role models for elementary and middle school students. Cadets
visit the younger students at their schools and present talks and skits
in an effort to deter drug use and abuse. Active unit programs make
presentations to thousands of students each year.
Scholarships and Other Benefits
AFJROTC cadets who choose to continue their education may receive
special consideration for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
scholarships. Many of these scholarships will pay for two, three, or
four years of tuition, books, and fees at numerous universities and
colleges and allow cadets to pursue studies in various technical and
Cadets completing two years of AFJROTC and who continue ROTC in college
may waive one term of the AFROTC program. Students completing three
years in AFJROTC may receive credit for a full year of college level
In addition, cadets electing to enter the military immediately after
graduating from high school are eligible to enlist in the services at
one to two pay grades higher than other enlistees. Students completing
three years in AFJROTC are eligible to enter the Air Force two pay
grades higher than other enlistees and are automatically enrolled into
the Community College of the Air Force to receive college credit toward
their associate college degree.
For More Information
For more information on AFJROTC, contact AFJROTC Headquarters, 60 West
Maxwell Blvd., Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6501; dial 1-334-953-7513, online http://www.au.af.mil/au/holmcenter.