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Air Force JROTC


Marine JROTC


The objectives of Air Force JROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill a sense responsibility; develop character and self-discipline through education and instruction in air and space fundamentals and the Air Force’s core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

Program Overview
AFJROTC offers a unique and dynamic experience with curriculum, competitions and activities. Cadets will study topics such as heritage of flight, principles of aircraft flight and navigation, human requirements of flight, development of aerospace power, aerospace vehicles, rocketry, space and technology programs, and the aerospace industry. 

AFJROTC curriculum consists of: 
40% - aerospace science
40% - leadership education
40% - health and wellness
20% - life training
*All students who successfully complete AFJROTC classes are granted credit toward graduation. 

Students are also introduced to military customs and courtesies, citizenship in the United States, first aid, wellness, health and fitness, basic drill and ceremonies, effective communications, management, human relations, and life after high school. All uniforms and curriculum materials are provided by the Air Force.

Cadets also participate in parades, leadership laboratory activities, civilian air rifle marksmanship programs, drill team competitions, color and honor guards, military balls, and honorary academic groups. 

Many AFJROTC units complement the curriculum through the cooperation and resources of organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Civil Air Patrol, and the National Endowment for Financial Education.

The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is one of the largest character development and citizenship programs for youth in the world. Army JROTC is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. Its focus is reflected in its mission statement, “To motivate young people to be better citizens.”

Alabama’s U.S. Army’s JROTC currently has 77 programs throughout the state. As JROTC students (Cadets) progress through the program, they experience opportunities to lead other Cadets. It prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation

In addition to a typical JROTC curriculum, Cadets may have the opportunity to participate in several co-curricular activities offered by JROTC:

  • JROTC Leadership Challenge and Academic Bowl (JLAB): a competitive program that imparts values of leadership and citizenship while preparing for higher education milestones like college entrance exams.
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Camps: a one-week college residential program at STEM labs interacting with college-level professors and graduate and undergraduate students.
  • JROTC Raider Challenge: A competitive program for JROTC Cadets in five different fitness and skill events.
  • Air Rifle Competitions: Marksmanship programs that promote teamwork, self- confidence and marksmanship skills.
  • Drill Competitions: Programs for traditional drill formations including regulation and exhibition/pageantry categories.

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program offered to high schools that teaches students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity. It is a cooperative effort between the military and the high schools to produce successful students and citizens, while fostering in each school a more constructive and disciplined learning environment. 

Six major goals of the MCJROTC:
1. The program aims at developing informed and responsible citizens. The more you learn in the MCJROTC, the more likely you are to be able to function effectively in a career in the community and in family life.

2. MCJROTC helps build character. Cadets learn about ethics, leadership, followership, desirable traits, and self-discipline. If they do well in the MCJROTC, they will be likely to succeed in leadership roles later-in life.

3. The program is designed to teach Cadets about the elements and requirements for national security. If they master this knowledge, they will be better equipped to make informed and intelligent decisions. Vital issues will face them and their community, state, and nation in the future. National security requirements should not be subject to the emotions or uninformed judgements of citizens. They must become knowledgeable concerning current events and issues which have a direct effect on our nation and, in turn, us.

4. MCJROTC is a program in which discipline is stressed. A good leader is one who has self-control and will remain calm and competent in difficult situations. Thus, self-discipline is required.

5. Respect for authority is of the utmost importance in any organization and in life, in general. Cadets must learn to respect their peers, superiors, and subordinates. Lack of respect breeds unrest and dissatisfaction. The MCJROTC will give Cadets the experience in recognizing authority and gaining the respect of others.

6. MCJROTC purports to enlighten Cadets to possible career and educational choices.

Naval JROTC curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as our maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation and meteorology.

Naval JROTC programs:
- Promotes Patriotism
- Develops informed and responsible citizens
- Develops respect for constructed authority
- Develops leadership potential
- Promotes high school completion
- Promotes higher education
- Promotes community service
- Develops a high degree or personal honor, self-reliance, individual discipline and leadership
- Promotes an understanding of the basic elements and need for national security
- Provides information on the military services as a possible career
- Provides an alternative to gangs
- Provides incentive to live healthy and drug free

About us

Alabama JROTC is a program offered to high school students to teach them leadership, communication, wellness, citizenship, and character development.


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