Air University Catalog
Air Force Junior ROTC is a partnership between 609 high schools and the Air Force. In 1964, Congress passed Public Law 88-647, Reserve Officer Training Corps Vitalization Act, mandating the program, which has grown steadily from just 20 units in 1966 to its present size. Air Force Junior ROTC is managed by Headquarters Air Force ROTC through four regional offices.
Air Force Junior ROTC is a citizenship program designed to build better and more productive citizens. The Air Force Junior ROTC's goals are to instill in high school cadets the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. This purpose is accomplished through a solid curriculum in aerospace science and leadership education. While Air Force Junior ROTC students do not incur a military obligation, many choose to go into some branch of service.
Air Force Junior ROTC is more than a high school course. It is a program with a full curriculum and extracurricular activities. Just as in any other high school course, cadets receive credit for graduation. Cocurricular activities include trips to Air Force bases and to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) facilities; aircraft plants; and other aerospace-related locations. Extracurricular activities include drill teams and color and honor guards. Community service activities include work with the elderly, veterans' hospitals, charitable and civic organizations, and a number of other public service functions.
Air Force Junior ROTC continues its congressionally mandated expansion. In 1992, Junior ROTC had 319 units. The program has added 290 units in the past eight years. Expansion goals include increasing the opportunity for inner city and "at risk" high school students to participate. Enrollment has increased from approximately 44,000 cadets in 1992 to approximately 90,000 cadets in the 1997-98 academic year. However, due to the flexibility of the academic scheduling, our instructors teach an equivalent of 99,625 cadets.
The Air Force Junior ROTC curriculum is 60 percent aerospace science and 40 percent leadership education. Students receive one credit, based on a minimum of 120 contract hours. The type of credit earned varies by schools from social studies to physical education to physical science.