Mission, Goals and Objectives of the AFJROTC Program
The mission of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, AFJROTC, is to build better citizens for America. To accomplish this mission, AFJROTC cadets will develop the following traits/skills:
Certificates and Benefits
CERTIFICATE OF TRAINING: A Certificate of Training is presented to a cadet in good standing who completes two years of the AFJROTC program. This certificate entitles to cadet to be excused from one semester of the General Military Course (GMC) of the senior ROTC program in college. This privilege must be arranged with the ROTC Professor of Aerospace Science (PAS) at the time of enrollment in the college or university.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: A Certificate of Completion is presented to a student in good standing who has completed three full years of the AFJROTC program. A cadet must have this certificate when enrolling in a college level ROTC program or when enlisting in the armed forces in order to gain the additional benefits of having successfully completing the AFJROTC program. A Certificate of Completion entitles a cadet to the following:
The Aerospace Science (AS) curriculum consists of four courses with each course covering the entire academic year.Ý Aerospace Science I, II, III, and IV.
Aerospace Science I: This course is designed to acquaint the student with the historical development of flight and the role of the military in history. Approximately three-quarters of the available classroom hours are spent reviewing the development of flight from ancient legends through the Persian Gulf War and beyond. The role of the military throughout the history of the United States is also identified. Leadership studies are related directly to the academic subject matter, with emphasis on study habits and time management. Additionally, wear of the uniform, Air Force customs and courtesies, and basic drill skills are introduced.
Aerospace Science II: This course is designed to acquaint the student 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. After developing an understanding of the environment, how the environment affects flight is introduced. Discussions include the forces of lift, drag, thrust, and weight. Students can also learn navigation including map reading, course plotting, and the effects of wind. The portion of the human Requirements of Flight is a survey course on human physiology. Discussed here is the human circulatory system, the effects of acceleration and deceleration, and protective equipment. Leadership instruction stresses communications skills and cadet corps activities. Written reports and speeches compliment academic materials. Cadet corps activities include holding positions of greater responsibility in the planning and execution of corps projects.
Aerospace Science III: This course examines our earth, the moon and the planets, the latest advances in space technology, and continuing challenges of space and manned space flight. Issues critical to travel in the upper atmosphere such as orbit and trajectories unmanned satellites, space probes, guidance and control systems are explained. The manned space flight section covers major milestones in the endeavor to land on the moon and to safely orbit humans and craft in space for temporary and prolonged periods. It also covers the development of space stations, the space shuttle and itís future, and international laws for the use of and travel in space. Leadership emphasis is on managing others, stress and finances, citizenship, and ethics. Third year cadets put these skills into practice by holding key leadership positions in the cadet corps.
Aerospace Science IV: The cadets run the entire Corps during the fourth year. The hands-on experience affords the cadets the opportunity to put the theories of previous leadership courses into practice. The cadets do all the planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, controlling, and decision-making. They practice their communication, decision-making, personal interaction, managerial, and organizational skills. Leadership emphasis is placed on which path to take after high school with information on how to apply for admission to college, how to begin the job search including filling out the job application, writing resumes, and how to prepare for an interview. Additionally, the career opportunities in the aerospace industry and the Air Force are covered. Academically, this block of study will be presented according to the needs and desires of the majority of the cadets in their fourth year of AFJROTC. The options are: (1) Management of the cadet corps, (2) Honors program - ground school, (3) Aerospace Careers/Geography/Survival/Policy and Organization.
Active participation in all areas of the cadet program generates enthusiasm and interest, which becomes the heart of the cadet program. The more cadets put into the program, the more they will enjoy and benefit from being a member of Air Force JROTC. Cadets are expected to act and behave as mature young men and women. Likewise, they will be treated as adults throughout their training. Cadets must be willing to change and adjust their attitude in order to meet the levels of discipline, control, and maturity required of them.
Cadet leaders are appointed and are responsible for conducting a large portion of the leadership activities. The Senior ASI (SASI) and ASI will train the cadet leaders; the cadet leaders will train the junior cadets. Cadets are expected to respond promptly and properly to the SASI, ASIís and cadet leadersí instruction. Based on maturity, leadership, performance, and actions, cadets will be given more responsibility. As a cadet's time in the corps progresses, he or she will receive more supervision from cadet leaders and less direct supervision from the instructor staff. Cadets are expected to be loyal to the cadet corps, the SASI, ASI, and cadet leaders. Leadership education instruction is conducted in the same manner as the Aerospace Science portion of the curriculum.
Normally, every Thursday will be uniform day. Cadets will be graded on the proper wear of the Air Force uniform and grooming standards each week. The grade will range from 0 - 100 points. An absence without a valid excuse on uniform day will result in the uniform grade being lowered by 10 points when the make-up inspection is complete. If cadets are not in class or uniform on uniform day, they must wear the uniform on the next day they are in class, normally Friday. Cadets who do not wear their uniform on the assigned uniform day and fail to make-up the inspection within three school days will receive a zero (0) for that weekís inspection grade. On physical training (PT) days, cadets are expected to wear the issued PT shirt and shorts along with a pair of non-floor marking athletic shoes. Failure to wear any part of the PT uniform will result in a loss of up to 100 points for that day's activity. There will be NO make-up opportunities for unexcused PT. Cadets are expected to wear comfortable shoes, tennis shoes, and appropriate clothing on days designated as drill days. Cadets must check the corps schedule and come to class prepared to participate in marching on drill days. The KISD dress code will be adhered to during drill classes. No tank tops, short dresses, high heels, sandals, etc. will be allowed.
The cadet corps is organized in a manner similar to an active duty Air Force unit. Cadet officers hold leadership positions. Other cadet officers, NCOs, and specialists assist them in the operation of the organization. The cadet corps is led by a cadet group commander and supervised by the instructor staff.
AFJROTC academics and leadership education will be weighted each grading period to determine a cadetís overall grade. Cadets will be informed at the start of each year on how grades will be computed. Cadets will be required to wear the uniform once each week. Cadets who do not wear the uniform on the specified uniform day WILL RECEIVE A FAILING GRADE IN LEADERSHIP EDUCATION FOR THAT WEEK. CADETS WHO FAIL TO WEAR THE UNIFORM FOR THREE OR MORE CONSECUTIVE UNIFORM DAYS DURING THE SEMESTER MAY HAVE THEIR UNIFORM RECALLED AND BE REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAM.
Aacademic Grading Policy
Academics count for approximately sixty (60) percent of the AFJROTC grade and Leadership Education counts for forty (40) percent of the final semester grade. Normally, worksheets and quizzes will be completed for each academic unit and a final exam will be given at the end of the semester. Workbooks and quizzes count for 50%, and major exams each count for 50% of the grade for each six-week period. Semester averages will be computed by each six weeks grade counts for 28% and the final exam counts for 16%. Make up of missed assignments and tests is permitted with approval of the instructor staff and in accordance with school policy. However, it is the responsibility of the cadet to request any make-up work, and only partial credit will be given for make-up of work from unexcused absences.
Leadership Grading Policy
Uniform inspections, PT dress, drill evaluations, and instructor evaluations will be used in determining leadership grades.
90% - 100% = A
80% - 89% = B
75% - 79% = C
70% - 74% = D
Below 69% = F