AIR FORCE JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS
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 instructors teach the course. Enrollment in AFJROTC incurs NO MILITARY OBLIGATION; however, scholarship and promotion benefits are available to experienced AFJROTC cadets that pursue a military career after high school. Cadets interested in attending any one of the service academies are encouraged to enroll in AFJROTC. ROTC scholarships and academy nominations are limited and quite competitive.
The AFJROTC curriculum includes three components: Aerospace Science (AS), Leadership Education (LE), and Wellness. Aerospace Science may include history of aviation, cultural awareness, science of flight, space exploration, survival and corps management. Leadership Education emphasizes self-discipline, responsibility, leadership, citizenship, uniform wear, customs and courtesies, flag etiquette, cadet corps activities, study habits, time management, communication skills, career opportunities, life skills, principles of management, and drill. 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 details regarding grooming standards or refer to the Cadet Guide on our website.
Wellness/Physical Training is an official and integral part of the AFJROTC program. The objective of the program is to motivate cadets to lead healthy, active lifestyles beyond program requirements and into their adult lives. Wellness includes a variety of exercises and physical activity. Cadets can expect to participate in wellness approximately one class period per week.
AFJROTC is a full-year, 5-credit course 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 AS and LE academic classes being taught in conjunction with AFJROTC Drill and Wellness for the coming academic school year:
AS 200 (The Science of Flight): Required for all 9-12th grade cadets
Aerospace Science 200, Science of Flight, 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.
LE 100 (Traditions, Wellness & Foundations of Citizenship): Required for all 9-12th grade cadets
Leadership Education 100, Traditions, Wellness & Foundations of Citizenship, introduces cadets to history, organization, mission, traditions, goals, and objectives of JROTC for all services. It also introduces key military customs and courtesies, how to project a positive attitude, and examine the principles of ethical and moral behavior.
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. AS 400 is not an actual class; it is hands-on learning of leadership and management principles.
CADET LEADERSHIP COURSE (CLC) 2.5 credits only
CLC is a week-long, summer leadership course conducted every June at Ft. 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. There is a competitive, selection process involved for cadets interested in attending the course