Air Force JROTC

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An Air Force JROTC officer stands near the alumni flight during the annual memorial ceremony. "I sincerely believe R-MA can change lives for the better. What's better than nudging students in the right direction? I see the kind of advantage Valerie has in the real world thanks to R-MA, and it is really stunning. More kids deserve that chance."

-Doug Pratt, father of Valerie Pratt 2011

The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program is grounded in the Air Force core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do.
 
The objectives of Air Force JROTC are to:
• Educate and train high school cadets in citizenship
• Promote community service
• Instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline
• Provide instruction in air and space fundamentals
 
The curriculum emphasizes:
• The heritage of flight
• Development of air power
• The aerospace environment
• Human requirements of flight
• Aerospace vehicles
• Principles of aircraft flight and navigation
• The space environment, space programs, space technology, rocketry, propulsion and the aerospace industry

 

Cadets learn:
• Military customs and courtesies
• Flag etiquette
• Citizenship in the United States
• The elements of survival, first aid, health, wellness, and fitness
• Basic drill and ceremonies
• Effective communication, management, human relations, and life skills 

To reinforce what is learned in the classroom, cadets participate in several outside activities such as field trips to military bases, aerospace facilities and industries, and museums. Cadets also participate in parades, leadership schools, drill competitions, military balls, honorary academic groups and community activities. Each academic course consists of Aerospace Science (AS), Leadership Education (LE) and Wellness components. 
 
Curriculum opportunities include:
• Academic studies
• Character education
• Life skills education
• Leadership opportunities
• Team-building experiences
• Intramural competition
• Field trips / training opportunities 

 

"As teenagers, we all strive to achieve our own individual identities. Being in the [Air Force JROTC program] forced me to take the more challenging path toward knowing and creating the person I am today. Instead of "acting out" through clothing and appearances, I learned to set myself apart by my actions and interests. The uniforms were the same, but my fellow classmates and I were as different as individuals could be. As I went through high school, I watched my friends at home change in appearance, but they behaved the same way. On the other hand, I knew I had changed through how I conducted myself, the people I enjoyed being around, and the things or activities I valued." 
                      --Charles Swaim, Class of 1977