Brief History of the Corps
The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) was founded in 1911 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, by Army Lieutenant Edgar. R. Steevers. Lieutenant Steevers envisioned a non-compulsory cadet corps comprised of high school students. His program was aimed toward making better citizens. In 1964, the Secretaries of each military service were directed to establish and maintain JROTC units for their respective services.
From a modest beginning of 20 units in 1966 the Air Force JROTC has grown to over 800 units throughout the world with current enrollment of over 107,000 cadets.
Why Take Air Force Junior ROTC?
Through Air Force Junior Reserve Office Training Corps, you’ll become a better citizen and a leader confident, sel-reliant and self-disciplined. Take our aerospace science program, and explore the civilian, industrial and military aspects of aerospace.
Career-minded high school students will learn about jobs in the Air Force that will open important opportunities for the future. High School students who complete the aerospace science program 8n Air Force Junior ROTC may be able to enter the Air Force at pay higher than most enlistees. Also, you’ll be prepared to work in an expanding technological world-in the Air force or as a civilian.
College-bound students may receive an Air force Academy nomination or an Air Force ROTC scholarship, if qualified. Or, they may receive credit for the first year of an Air Force ROTC four-year college program-plus free uniforms, insignia, and ROTC textbooks. They may also receive priority processing when entering the Air Force if they win the Congressman Hebert Advanced Placement Award.
There are hundreds of scholarships reserved for Air Force Junior ROTC cadets. Scholarships pay most tuition costs for up to four years, plus books and fees at more than 900 universities and colleges.
Air Force Junior ROTC offers scholarships in engineering, science, and some non-technical majors. Plus, Air Force Junior ROTC cadets may compete for Air Force ROTC scholarships open to all high school students.
The AFJROTC curriculum comprises studies in Aerospace Science and Leadership Education. In the first year you’ll learn about the heritage and development of flight, and military aerospace policies.
The second year you’ll study the environment in which aircraft and spacecraft operate. You’ll learn flight and navigational principles, and the requirements for human flight.
Rocketry, space vehicles, and the exploration of space are covered in your third year. The fourth year offers three options. Option 1, Management of the Cadet Corps; Option 2, Honors Program – Ground School; and Option 3, Laboratory Manual, Geography and Survival. Your studies in aerospace science conclude with a review of aerospace careers.
Leadership education is emphasized each year. Course work helps prepare you for positions in any military or civilian career. There are classes on military customs and courtesies and flag etiquette, plus instruction in marching.
Air Force Junior ROTC cadets go on field trips arranged by aerospace science instructors. You may visit Air Force bases, airports, Federal Aviation Administration units, weather service offices, and aerospace industries.
If you participate in the color or drill team you’ll perform at athletic events and other activities. Your Air Force Junior ROTC unit will also sponsor dances and military balls for cadets.
Make your high school years more exciting and fun by enrolling in Air Force Junior ROTC. You are eligible if you are in the ninth grade, a U.S. citizen, and physically fit. Talk it over with your friends, parents, and school advisor. And see your aerospace science instructor for the latest information. Enroll now! The future is full of opportunity for young people who develop the education and skills required to succeed in the Aerospace Age.
|LTC (Ret) Chris Salvucci
|CMSgt (Ret) Craig Cox
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