Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I am looking at joining high school AFJROTC for the first time in my life. What can I expect?A: Students who have never been enrolled in JROTC at ANY high school are considered "First Year Cadets". Starting Fall 2023, these cadets will not be required to wear the JROTC blue uniform nor conform to required grooming standards. This will only apply to your FIRST YEAR in JROTC. Thereafter, cadets will follow required uniform and grooming standards.If a first year cadet desires to wear the uniform, we encourage them to get involved in either Color Guard or Drill Team and they will have the opportunity to be fitted for uniforms once grooming standards are met, but no earlier than November. Once the uniform is issued, those cadets will be required to wear it as directed on a weekly basis and continue to maintain grooming standards.
Q: What is AFJROTC?A: AFJROTC ( Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) is a program that teaches citizenship to its students, or cadets. It teaches both leadership and aerospace science. The program is funded by the Air Force, however, the main goal is to create better citizens for America, not to recruit students into the military. For those cadets who desire to pursue a military career, there are benefits in taking this class. The program is primarily student run, with a fully functioning "staff" that runs everything from field trips (or Curriculum In Action "CIA" trips) to smaller events for the corps. Students are encouraged to participate with after-school team activities as these groups perform at competitions and also perform for local events such as football games and pep rallys.
Q: Do I have to do anything for my child to join the program? Can I start at any grade level?A: AFJROTC does not have many requirements to join that are not already met by joining the school itself. For starters, the student must have an active desire to perform and set an example for the rest of the school. Students may join AFJROTC starting in any grade level, 9th-12th. In order for your student to join the corps, contact the student's counselor regarding the class.
Q: Is there a fee?A: AFJROTC does have a $50 activity fee (including an AFJROTC Polo Shirt) to be paid at the beginning of each school year. Additionally, there is usually an additional fee if your cadet chooses to attend extracurricular activities such as field trips and the annual military ball. Finally, cadets must maintain their uniform through periodic dry cleaning.
Q: Can I earn a Letter Jacket in AFJROTC?A: Yes! Award of the jacket is based on the individual cadet's performance in the cadet corps and grades in all classes. It is usually awarded during the cadet's Sophomore or Junior year in high school.
Q: What is the uniform?A: The uniform is provided by AFJROTC and must be worn once each week. The weekly inspections are graded and will have a large impact on the overall grade your student receives in the program. The uniform must be kept in a clean condition and must be returned at the end of the year or upon request. There is no cost to the parent except dry cleaning the uniform throughout the year or if a piece of the uniform is lost or damaged due to negligence. Cadets may also be issued the Air Force OCP Camo uniform which may be worn for a grade twice per month in place of the blue uniform, but cadets must purchase the boots.
Q: Do I have to cut my hair or shave? Can I dye my hair? Can I get piercings?A: Male cadets must keep their hair cut within Air Force standards and be cleanly shaved (if necessary) when wearing the AFJROTC uniform. Female cadets are taught how to properly wear their long hair when wearing the uniform. Boys and girls are not allowed to dye their hair an "unnatural" color. If dyed, the hair must be one natural color. Male cadets cannot have any visible piercings and female cadets may only have one earring in each ear when wearing the AFJROTC uniform.
Q: What is cadet rank?A: Being awarded cadet rank is a way of rewarding cadets based on their performance in the corps and in their other classes. Cadets who wear the higher ranks usually have leadership responsibility in the corps. Promotions take place at the end of each grading period.
Q: What extracurricular teams are offered?A: All team activities are optional but highly encouraged! Team practices occur either before or after school. We have an armed drill team (fake rifles), male and female color guard teams, male and female physical training teams, model rocketry team, drone team, robotics team, model aircraft team, and an orienteering team. Other teams include Awareness Presentation Team, Cyber Patriot Team, and Flag Detail Team.
Last Modified on July 18, 2023