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Air Force Junior ROTC (IB) Pathway

Why Air Force Junior ROTC?

Strengthen your character, learn about personal responsibility and most importantly, become a leader - confident, self-reliant and self-disciplined. Students will explore the wide world of aerospace and the significance of our aerospace achievements through a combination of science, social science, technical course work and interactive training in drill courses and elements of leadership. Although the Aerospace Science and Leadership Education program is not a basic military training course, it will develop and reinforce cadets’ perspectives of personal integrity, discipline, self-reliance and patriotism.

The mission of AFJROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. The goal of the program is to instill in high school cadets the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. The JROTC program will educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character and self-discipline and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.

Logo IBCPThe International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) is an innovative education framework incorporating the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The aim of the IBCP is to provide students with both an academic and practical foundation to support both their further studies and specialized training, thereby ensuring their success in the workforce. The IBCP combines highly regarded and internationally recognized IB Diploma Programme courses with an approved career-related study and a unique IBCP core. AFJROTC is one of eleven MHS Career Pathways that has been approved for the IBCP.

jrotcaflogoThe AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. The curriculum emphasizes the Air Force heritage and traditions, the development of flight, applied flight sciences, military aerospace policies and space exploration.

Air Force JROTC Courses & Schedule

Air Force Junior ROTC Course Schedule

Leadership & Aerospace Science I (Grade: 9-12)
The first year is a history course designed to acquaint the student with the historical development of flight and the role of the military in history. About three-quarters of the available classroom hours are spent reviewing the development of flight from ancient legends through the Persian Gulf War and beyond. Additionally, the role of the military throughout the history of the US is identified. Many of the hours dedicated to leadership studies relate directly to the academic subject matter, with study habits and time management. Additionally, wearing of the uniform, Air Force customs and courtesies and basic drills are introduced.  

Leadership & Aerospace Science II (Grade: 10-12)
The second year is a science course 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 that environment affects flight is introduced. 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 portion on the human requirements of flight is a survey course on human physiology. Discussed here are the human circulatory system, the effects of acceleration and deceleration and protective equipment. Leadership hours stress communication 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.
Leadership & Aerospace Science III (Grade: 11-12)
The third year is a science course that examines our Earth, the moon and the planets, the latest advances in technology and continuing challenges of space and manned space flight. Issues critical to travel in the upper atmosphere such as orbits 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 crafts in space for temporary and prolonged periods. It also covers the development of space stations and international laws for the use of and travel of space. Leadership III’s 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.  

Leadership & Aerospace Science IV (Grade: 12)
The cadets manage the entire corps during their fourth year in the JROTC program. This hands-on experience affords the cadets the opportunity to put the theories of previous leadership courses into practice. All the planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, controlling and decision-making will be done by the cadets. They practice their communication, personal interaction, managerial and organizational skills. The objectives are: apply theories and techniques learned in previous leadership courses; develop leadership and management competency through participation; apply strengthened organizational skills through active incorporation; develop confidence in ability by exercising decision-making skills. apply Air Force standards, discipline and conduct.




Air Force JROTC (AFJROTC) is a continuing success story. From a modest beginning of 20 units in 1966, AFJROTC has grown to 879 units throughout the world, with 102,000 cadets. The AFJROTC program positively influences our country by helping one student at a time. Comprised solely of active duty Air Force retirees, the AFJROTC instructor force is helping to form tomorrow’s nation by educating proud and patriotic cadets – tomorrow’s leaders.