CORE ELECTIVE AT WEST FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) is a program designed to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. The AFJROTC program provides citizenship training and an aerospace science class for high school students. Enrollment is open to all students in grades 9-12. Good performance is rewarded through promotion to positions of increased responsibility and the awarding of medals and ribbons. Books and uniforms are provided at no cost to the student except for cleaning and minor maintenance of the uniform. Retired Air Force personnel who are state-certified aerospace science instructors teach the course. Enrollment in AFJROTC incurs NO MILITARY OBLIGATION; however, scholarship and promotion benefits are available to experienced AFJROTC cadets should the student decide to pursue a military career after graduating from high school. Cadets interested in attending any one of the service academies are encouraged to enroll in AFJROTC for all four years. ROTC scholarships and academy nominations are limited and extremely competitive.
The AFJROTC curriculum includes three components: Aerospace Science (AS), Leadership Education (LE), and Wellness. Aerospace 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.
The leadership education component 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.
Wellness is an official and integral part of the AFJROTC program. 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 Leadership 100. Wellness includes exercise and physical activity.
Drill is taught throughout the school year as part of the leadership component in between and in conjunction with formal AS and LE academic lessons.
Proper uniform wear and grooming is required of all cadets. Cadets are required to wear the uniform one day per week throughout the school year beginning in October. Cadets unable or unwilling to wear the uniform and meet the grooming standard will be removed from the program. Uniform and grooming standards are in accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel. This is HQ AFJROTC policy and not negotiable for cadets or instructors. In general terms, this means a neat, clean-cut haircut and no facial hair (with the exception of a trimmed mustache) for male cadets while in uniform. For female cadets, this means their hair must be styled in such a way that the hair remains above the shirt collar while in uniform. You may Google AFI 36-2903 for more details regarding grooming standards for cadets.
AFJROTC is a full-year, 5-credit course with one exception for half-year, 2.5 credits toward high school graduation. Cadets transferring from another school’s JROTC program after one semester may earn 2.5 credits for the half-year. JROTC transfer cadets are the only students permitted half-year credit for AFJROTC. Cadet transfers may enroll in AFJROTC when approved by the guidance office and the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.
The following are specific Aerospace Science (AS) and Leadership Education (LE) academic classes being taught in conjunction with AFJROTC Drill and Wellness for the coming academic school year:
AS 220 (Cultural Studies: An Introduction to Cultural Awareness): Required for all 9-12 cadets
Aerospace Science 220 is a customized course about the world’s cultures. 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.
LE 300 (Life Skills and Career Opportunities): Required for all 9-12 cadets
Leadership Education 300 will teach students to save, invest, and spend money wisely, as well as how to avoid the credit trap. They will learn about real-life issues such as understanding contracts, leases, warranties, legal notices, personal bills, practical and money-saving strategies for grocery shopping, apartment selection, and life with roommates. The Holland Interest Inventory and other self-assessments will help reveal their attitudes, aptitudes, and personal skills. This self-understanding will allow them to explore career paths and understand what they will need to be successful in work and life.
AS 400 (Management of the Cadet Corps): 12th grade, 4th-year cadets assigned to the top five unit staff positions only
Senior cadets manage the entire corps during their fourth year in the AFJROTC program. This hands-on experience affords cadets the opportunity to put theories of previous leadership courses into practice. Planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, controlling, and decision-making will be done by cadets. They will put into practice their communication, decision-making, personal-interaction, managerial, and organizational skills.
CADET LEADERSHIP COURSE (CLC) (2.5 credits only)
CLC is a summer leadership course conducted every June at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Fort Dix, NJ. It is a compilation of academics, physical fitness, drill and ceremonies, and hands-on problem solving. Cadets reside in Ft. Dix dormitories and eat in the dining hall. During the course of the school, cadets use the Obstacle Course, Confidence Course, and Leadership Reaction Course to fine-tune their leadership and teamwork skills. Cadets are supervised and chaperoned by qualified AFJROTC instructors and volunteers. Fully-qualified EMT personnel are present full time at CLC. CLC is a selective and voluntary program. An enrollment fee is required per cadet to offset miscellaneous expenses not covered by the Air Force such as medical support, supplies, printing and transportation.