Aerospace Science (AFJROTC) Curriculum

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In addition to the curriculum listed below, each aerospace class highlights the Air Force organizational structure; uniform wear; customes, courtesies, and other military traditions; self-descipline; and citizenship. 

Aerospace I

This course focuses on the development of flight beginning with ancient civilizations, then progresses through time to the modern world.  The emphasis is on civilian and military contributions to aviation; the development, modernization, and transformation of the Air Force; and a brief astronomical and space exploration history.  It is interspersed with concise overviews of the principles of flight to include basic aeronautics, aircraft motion and control, flight power, and rockets. 

Aerospace I also includes sections on cadet leadership, developing good study habits, making positive decisions, stress management, mindfulness, and overall health and wellness. 

Aerospace II

Students study the science of flight, which acquaints them with the aerospace environment, the human requirements of flight, principles of aircraft flight, and principles of navigation. The course begins with a discussion of the atmosphere and weather and how they affect flight. Discussions include the forces of lift, drag, thrust, and weight. Students also learn basic navigation including map reading, course plotting, and the effects of wind. The course also  contains as section on Global and Cultural Studies. This provides increased international awareness and an insight into foreign affairs that permits a more educated understanding of other cultures and enhanced knowledge of America’s interests and role in the world. Geopolitical issues such as terrorism, economics, politics, military issues, religion, environmental concerns, human rights, disease, over-population, literacy, the migration of peoples, and other cultural issues will be examined.  

Aerospace II also contains sections on communication, critical thinking and listening, team dynamics, conflict resolution, problem solving, leadership characteristics, adaptive leadership, and the importance of effective followership.

Many people are surprised that the AFJROTC aerospace curriculum includes sections on communication, the college application process, stress management, good study habits, career planning, and critical thinking. 

Aerospace III

The Exploration of Space examines the Earth, the Moon, and the planets, as well as the latest advances in space technology and the continuing challenges of space and manned spaceflight. Issues that are critical to travel in the upper atmosphere such as orbits and trajectories, unmanned satellites, space probes, and guidance and control systems are explained. The course also explores the history of astronomy (to include prehistoric astronomy and the early ideas of the heavens) and an in-depth study of the solar system, the terrestrial planets and the outer planets.  

This course focuses on life after high school. Students will learn about financial planning and domestic management, legal documents, and civic responsibilities. The college application process is discussed, along with how to begin the job search. 

Aerospace IV: Principles of Management

This course provides exposure to the fundamentals of leadership and management. AS 400 contains many leadership topics that will benefit students as well as provide them with some of the necessary skills needed to put into practice what they have learned during their time in AFJROTC. This course, coupled with what cadets have already learned during their time in AFJROTC, will equip students with the qualities needed to serve in leadership positions within the corps. Throughout the text are many ethical dilemmas, case studies, and role play activities built into the lessons. These activities are based on real life experiences and will allow students the opportunity to practice what they learn by getting involved in discussions and expressing their opinions.

The second portion of the course is Management of the Cadet Corps. Throughout the year, cadets will focus on planning, executing, and managing aspects of leading and managing the Corps of Cadets through execution of assigned tasks within the scope of their cadre positions. Students will be expected to apply the principles of management in a dynamic and practical “Leadership Laboratory” environment. While students will be evaluated on their ability to apply lessons of leadership and teamwork, it will be expected they will occasionally make mistakes and struggle in the execution of their assigned duties. It will be through these object lessons that they will learn to evaluate their approach to leadership challenges, reassess, and develop contingencies and alternate approaches to achieve success.

Team building is an important part of life at a military boarding school such as R-MA. Within the AFJROTC program, this includes learning how to be an effective follower as well as how to be a good leader.

Drill Team

Armed and unarmed regulation and exhibition drill teams prepare, rehearse and perform precision routines and represent the school in local, state and national military drill competitions. This class is conducted during the school day. The drill team also performs in the local community events by participating in parades and performances away during festivals and local celebrations in the spring time. The Academy awards a Fine Arts credit toward graduation requirements or an elective credit for this course; however, participation in this course does not apply toward the Air Force Junior ROTC Certificate of Completion. Travel with the drill team is a class requirement.

Color Guard

The Color Guard is made up of ceremonial, parade and competition units, which carry the national, state, and school colors. The Color Guard members rehearse and perform precision competition routines and represent the school in military drill competitions, in parades, and in public ceremonies. The Academy awards an elective credit or a physical education credit toward graduation for this course if the student completes a school year in this program. However, participation in this program does not apply toward the Air Force JROTC Certificate of Proficiency. Travel with the Color Guard is a class requirement.