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Thomas Painter,

Colonel (retired)


Scott Griggs, MSgt     (E-7),USAF (ret)

Gil Harbach,
MSgt (E-7),
First Sergeant USAF(ret)


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Welcome to AFJROTC

Welcome to AFJROTC unit GA-946! 

What you learn in AFJROTC will benefit you for the rest of your life.  We specialize in giving you a sense of self-respect, developing a team attitude, and instilling discipline ... all key ingredients to success once you graduate from Mitchell County High School.  Remember, enrollment in AFJROTC in no way obligates you for military service.  If you decide to go into the military, however, completing AFJROTC can mean increased chances for selection to military academies, college ROTC scholarships, and advanced rank and pay if you decide to enlist in any branch of the military.  If curious or interested, ask your instructors about the specific benefits. Each of your instructors has completed at least twenty years in a military career.  They have served in many locations throughout the world.  They want to pass on to you the lessons they have learned from their Air Force experiences to you.

      The AFJROTC mission is to Develop Citizens of Character Dedicated to Serving their Nation and Community.  To help accomplish this mission, the curriculum includes aerospace science, leadership instruction, and physical fitness training.  We have geared your specific AFJROTC course to the number of years you have been in the Corps.  You may be a first-time cadet (AF1), second-year cadet (AF2), third-year cadet (AF3), or fourth-year cadet (AF4).  Read this Cadet Guide carefully to be a success in the AFJROTC course you are taking this year.

AFJROTC Curriculum

The success of the AFJROTC program lies in its progressive and academically sound curriculum and the numerous extracurricular activities AFJROTC offers students. AFJROTC is a 3- or 4-year program offered to high school students in grades 9-12. The curriculum includes Aerospace Science (AS) and Leadership Education (LE), and Wellness components. All students are granted academic credit applicable toward graduation requirements for the successful completion of AFJROTC courses provided by the Air Force equivalent to credit given for other academic courses per the Air Force School Agreement. Each academic course must consist of Aerospace Science (AS), Leadership Education (LE) and Wellness components.

ALL units (traditional/block) have the option to determine which aerospace science and leadership courses to offer to first-, second-, third- and fourth-year cadets. The aerospace science options to select from are:  A Journey into Aviation History;  Frontiers of Aviation History;  Global Awareness; The Science of Flight; The Exploration of Space; Introduction to Astronomy; Management of the Cadet Corps; Survival; World Geography: Building a Global Perspective; Policy and Organization; Laboratory Manual; and Aviation Honors Ground School. The leadership education options are: Citizenship, Character and Air Force Tradition; Communication, Awareness, and Leadership; Life Skills and Career Opportunities; and Principles of Management.

The model curriculum consists of a minimum of 120 contact hours. Each academic credit must consist of aerospace science (AS), leadership education (LE) and Wellness components. Click to see the recommended courses and hours:  Curriculum

Co-Curricular Activities are an important part of AFJROTC. They serve to augment AFJROTC classroom and Leadership Education requirements. Cadets participate in summer leadership schools, Aerospace and Technology Honor Camps, drill meets, dining-ins and dining-outs, model rocketry programs, flying model programs, static model programs, Kitty Hawk Air Society (KHAS), and the Tuskegee Airmen Program.

Career-minded high school students will learn about jobs in the aerospace industry and the Air Force that will open important opportunities for the future. High school students who successfully complete at least three years in the AFJROTC program may be able to enter the military at a higher pay grade than most enlistees. Also, AFJROTC cadets will be better prepared to work in an expanding technological world – in the Air Force or as a civilian.

College bound students can compete for an Air Force Academy nomination or an Air Force ROTC scholarship through their Air Force Junior ROTC unit. Or, they may receive credit for the first year of an Air Force ROTC four-year college program--- plus, free uniforms, insignia and ROTC textbooks. They may also receive priority processing when entering the Air Force if they win the Congressman Herbert Advanced Placement Award.

Air Force Junior ROTC was awarded accreditation by the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) Board of Directors on 29 November 2005. To achieve accreditation, AFJROTC underwent and successfully completed a self-study conducted by CITA.