AFJROTC is a three- or four-year program for high school students. The fourth year is available in schools that have ninth through twelfth grade. The curriculum includes Aerospace Science (AS), Leadership Education (LE) and Wellness. All students will be given credit towards graduation for successful completion of the AFJROTC program per the Air Force School Agreement. Each academic course must consist of an AS component, an LE component, and a Wellness component, except in Aviation Honors Ground School classes, and stand-alone drill courses.
Aerospace Science (AS)
AS acquaints students with the elements of aerospace and the aerospace environment. It introduces them to the principles of aircraft flight and navigation, the history of aviation, development of air power, contemporary aviation, human requirements of flight, cultural and global awareness, geography, the space environment, space programs, space technology, rocketry, propulsion, the aerospace industry, and survival.
Leadership Education (LE)
LE is the portion of the AFJROTC curriculum that develops leadership skills and acquaints students with the practical application of life skills. The leadership education curriculum emphasizes discipline, responsibility, leadership, followership, citizenship, customs and courtesies cadet corps activities, study habits, time management, communication skills, career opportunities life skills, financial literacy, management skills, and drill and ceremonies.
Wellness is an official and integral part of the Air Force Junior ROTC program. The objective of the Wellness Program is to motivate cadets to lead healthy, active lifestyles beyond program requirements and into their adult lives. For classes awarding elective or PE credit for AFJROTC courses, 20% of available contact time must be devoted to Wellness instruction. Units that cannot integrate Wellness into their classes due to inadequate or inaccessible gym facilities, or other reasons must submit a waiver request to Holm Center/JRO. Units with core or specified stat required credit classes are encouraged to establish a Wellness program for their cadets outside normal classroom hours or during zero, lunch or after school periods, if facilities permit and must teach 20% Wellness for any other non-core or state mandated credit classes taught. There are 19 exercises in the AFJROTC program; descriptions for these exercises are located on WINGS | Menu | Published Files | Directory | JROTC | Wellness Program. For schools awarding elective credit for AFJROTC courses, 40% of available contact time (contact hours) will focus on AS material, 40% on LE, and 20% on Wellness/PT. Units that cannot comply with 20% Wellness/PT requirement must have an approved Holm Center/JRO Wellness/PT waiver. For units that award core credit (e.g., science, history, geography, civics and government,etc.) or other required graduation credit for State/District/School mandated courses (e.g., Career Technical Education, Life Skills, Health, Freshman Orientation, Financial Literacy, etc.), 60% of available contact time is to be spent teaching AS material and 40% on LE (or 60% on LE and 40% on AS, depending upon which component justifies the core or locally required credit). For courses receiving core or locally required credit that need to continue teaching 60% AS or LE to sustain that credit, the goal of a 40%-40%-20% mix does not apply; however, the unit must submit a waiver request to Holm Center/CR identifying any required courses that will not include a Wellness component in order to warrant graduation credit. Instructors including state/district mandated material in order to receive core/graduation credit must include this material when defining the unit course in WINGS. Required material included on a recurring basis during daily classroom instruction must be defined by going to WINGS/Unit Management/Curriculum/ JROTC Unit Defined Curriculum and then added to Define Unit Courses. All other non-core courses at the unit must follow the requirements stated at the beginning of this paragraph.Drill and CeremoniesDrill and Ceremonies is offered as a part of the Leadership Education phase of a given course or can be taught as a zero hour class or as an after school extracurricular activity as part of the Leadership Education component. When Drill and Ceremonies is offered as part of Leadership Education, the drill portion must not exceed more than 50% of the LE component. If a cadet participates in Drill Team activities before or after school, they must also be enrolled in an AS/LE course to be counted as part of the unit’s AFJROTC enrollment. The Drill and Ceremonies course may also be taught as a stand-alone course if the following criteria are met: (1) students enrolled in a drill-only class must be concurrently enrolled in a regular AS/LE class; at 4x4 block scheduled schools, enrollment in a standard AS/LE class during the first block is prerequisite to enrollment in a stand-alone drill class during the second block, versus requiring cadets to be concurrently enrolled; (2) the drill-only class must be recognized for graduation credit by the school; and (3) the Drill-only class does not count toward the AFJROTC Certificate of Completion.
Aviation Honors Ground School
Aviation Honors Ground School (AHGS) is a stand-alone course for third- and fourth-year cadets only. Attendance is open to deserving third- and fourth-year honor students who the AFJROTC instructor determines as having earned the opportunity to take the course. The course should receive “honors” (e.g., advanced) credit and must have principal approval. It is taught as the AS component of an AFJROTC course or may be presented as a standalone course (AS 500). Instructors interested in offering an AHGS course must submit a request through the WINGS “Define Unit Course” section. Input the information at: WINGS | Unit Management | Define Unit Course | Request content waiver for this course | Submit. Please ensure supporting documents (FAA certificates or AF documents) are attached prior to submitting waiver request. After gaining program approval or waiver approval, units must order the ground school materials needed via WINGS at: WINGS | Menu | Logistics | Create/Display Orders | Create Order | Order | Search for Items | Category (Curriculum) | Subcategory (Ground School). AHGS should only be taught by AFJROTC instructors who hold appropriate Basic Ground Instructor (BGI) or FAA Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificates, or Air Force Form 8’s indicating aircrew instructor/evaluator experience. If the SASI or ASI is not a certified ground school instructor, the unit may apply for a waiver from Holm Center/CR to teach ground school 9 without certification. Waiver approval will be dependent upon their Air Force flying or related experience. Non-certified ground school instructors may not be able to provide instruction leading to FAA certification. (If FAA course certification is desired, a ground school certified instructor must certify the course meets FAA standards.) Holm Center/CR recommends that units who teach Aviation Honors Ground School teach AS-200: The Science of Flight: A Gateway to New Horizons as a prerequisite to the ground school course.
AFJROTC Honors Senior Project
This culminating honors project is designed for cadets to demonstrate essential skills through reading, writing, speaking, production, and/or performance. Skills in analysis, logic, and creativity will also be showcased through successful completion of this project.The Honors Project is primarily targeted for senior cadets in a three- or four-year program. However, it is not uncommon for other academically successful cadets enrolled in Advanced Placement, other Honors, or in an International Baccalaureate program to successfully complete this project. In order to retain these cadets in the unit’s AFJROTC program and to continue to improve their critical thinking and research skills, selected cadets with demonstrated academic capabilities may also enroll in this class with SASI approval. Successful completion of the Honors Project will allow cadets to receive honors credit while maintaining their enrollment in the AFJROTC program. Recommended subject material must come from HQ-Curriculum approved curriculum materials. All materials including the grading rubric for the Honors Project is posted in WINGS | Menu | Published Files | Directory | JROTC |Curriculum | Honors Project. For cadets to receive honors credit, they must meet state/district/school honors course criteria.
Current Curriculum Material
Current copies of the Curriculum Materials, Publications, and Forms (CMPF) document and the Curriculum Guide can be found in the WINGS Curriculum area. Hard copy Curriculum Guides are no longer provided. Instructors must be teaching from current curriculum material as defined in this guide and the CMPF. Instructors not teaching from current curriculum material during the Regional Director’s visits must provide documentation showing that current materials were not available in time for instructor preparation and use before the current term began. Videos that are removed from the CMPF list and/or WINGS | Menu | Logistics | Inventory will remain authorized for use in the classroom at the units, as long as they remain relevant and are serviceable. A curriculum materials inventory must be maintained in WINGS to ensure proper accountability of all items.
Waivers and Deviations
Units may be granted waivers to deviate or be exempt from policy (e.g., curriculum, ground school, health and wellness program, uniform, etc.). Units will submit all waiver or deviation requests to HQ via WINGS—no phone or email waivers will be accepted. All waiver requests received in a particular month will be reviewed and staffed to the proper approval authority by the end of the respective month. No later than the 5th day of the following month, HQs will notify 10 those units who requested a waiver/deviation on the decision to approve/disapprove the request. Waivers for all categories, except Curriculum, expire at the end of the 2-year anniversary and must be resubmitted to Holm Center/JRO for subsequent approval. Curriculum waivers are approved by Holm Center/CR and remain valid for a period of 4 full academic years after the date of approval.