Mark of Excellence
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
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.
The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) staff includes 32 Headquarters personnel, and 1,830+ retired Air Force officer and enlisted military instructors. There are 870 Air Force Junior ROTC units with over 121,000 cadets in high schools across the United States and selected Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) in Europe, the Pacific, and public schools in Puerto Rico and Guam. While further expansion is currently on hold, the program is planning to expand to 955 units by 2020. With the addition of new units, AFJROTC is expected to reach over 135,000 cadets worldwide.
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps provides leadership training and an aerospace science program for high school students. Secondary school students who enroll in the program are offered a wide variety of curricular and co-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. AFJROTC 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 the program 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; Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do.
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, 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 (NASA), Civil Air Patrol (CAP), and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).
All AFJROTC instructors are retired Air Force commissioned and non-commissioned officers. The instructors maintain Air Force standards and are trained through the AF JROTC Instructor Certification Course (JICC). 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 1,830 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 teams. In school year 2012-2013, JROTC cadets performed more than 1.6 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.