Aerospace Science - Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC)

  • Major John Francolini
    Senior Aerospace Science Instructor

     The mission of Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) is to “Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.”  There is no military obligation associated with taking any AFJROTC course.  The courses are open to both males and females in grades 9-12 and students can join at the beginning of any grade level.  AFJROTC is accredited by AdvancED and the program will enable the students to:  

    • Develop a high degree of strong morals, self-esteem, self-reliance, personal appearance, and leadership
    • Adhere to the values of integrity, service, and excellence
    • Increase their understanding of patriotism and responsibilities as US citizens
    • Participate in community service activities
    • Expand their skills of critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration, and creativity and innovation
    • Demonstrate military customs, courtesies, and traditions and develop habits of order, discipline, and social skills
    • Acquire a broad-based knowledge of aerospace studies and leadership education
    • Cultivate a commitment to physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle

    The curriculum includes a journey into aviation history, the science of flight, and exploring space.  Leadership and management, health and wellness are included in each course.  The program is designed to develop leadership traits and includes communication skills, life skills, and career opportunities.  Other activities include field trips, guest speakers, fundraisers, drill teams, color guards, honor guards, model rocketry, astronomy, community service, etc.  Students are required to wear the Air Force provided uniform one day a week and will also be issued textbooks and physical training clothing.  Air Force appearance standards (haircuts, shaving, etc.) will apply. 

    There are opportunities to apply for grants and scholarships.  Four-year college level Air Force ROTC scholarships and service academy nominations are possible for graduates who qualify.  Students who choose to enlist in the military after high school graduation receive a higher rank than those who do not participate in JROTC.