Welcome to Air Force JROTC
Are you looking for a class that is more than just a class? AFJROTC is more like a team or club than just a class. You will make new friends in JROTC, go on fun field trips, have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular events and programs, and learn about interesting and useful subjects. You will learn leadership, pride, and discipline. Friday is normally our wellness day where you’ll usually find us playing a sport or working out in one of the gyms, or on the track when the weather is nice. There is still time to become part of a new and growing program! Help shape the AFJROTC department for future generations of Strongsville High School students while having a great time yourself!
The mission of the AFJROTC program is to “Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.” The goals of the AFJROTC program are to instill the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. The objectives of AFJROTC are to educate and train students in citizenship and life skills, promote community service, instill a sense of responsibility, and 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."
The class is co-taught by Lieutenant Colonel (retired) David Krempasky and Chief Master Sergeant (retired) Brad Buening who have over 60 years of combined military experience. Although it is an Air Force-centric curriculum, we encourage people that have an interest in any branch of military to give our program a look. And just to be clear, this is not a class to try and get anyone to join any branch of military service, we just utilize military values and principles to improve leadership skills, teach discipline, and help the young men and women of SHS become better citizens in our great nation. So whether a student has an interest in the military or perhaps just wants to be part of something important here at the high school, our program might be a good fit.
Participation in AFJROTC requires wear of the cadet uniform one full school day per week and wear of the cadet Physical Training (PT) uniform during the weekly class period designated for physical training. In addition to wearing the uniform proudly and properly, you will need to maintain a military-approved hairstyle and grooming standards as well. Cadets will occasionally be required to participate in activities outside of the school day, sometimes in uniform. All required uniforms are provided to the cadets at no cost and must be properly maintained and turned in upon completion of the program. Our course is a full year class and the PE graduation requirement is waived for any student that completes two full years in the program.
There are four distinctly different AFJROTC classes, with a different class being offered each year. There are no sequencing requirements and any eligible student (grade 9-12) can join at the beginning of any school year with Instructor approval. Please address any questions to the AFJROTC Department via the e-mail address above. Additionally, look for one of our current SHS cadets in uniform on Wednesdays and ask them about the program from a student’s perspective!
Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.
Instill values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and sense of accomplishment.
Air Force JROTC provides leadership training and an aerospace science program for high school students. Secondary school students who enroll in the AFJROTC program are offered a wide variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities. The program explores the historic and scientific aspects of aerospace technology and teaches high school students self-reliance, self-discipline and other characteristics found in good leaders. The AFJROTC program is open to 9th-12th grade students who are citizens of the United States. The program is not a recruiting tool for the military services and those students who participate in AFJROTC do not incur any obligation to the Air Force.
The objectives of Air Force Junior ROTC 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.”
Aerospace Science comprises 40 percent of the curriculum, Leadership Education 40 percent, and Health and Wellness for Life training 20 percent. All students who successfully complete AFJROTC classes are granted credit toward graduation. Classroom study includes the 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. 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.
To reinforce what is learned in the classroom, cadets participate in many outside activities such as field trips to military bases, aerospace facilities and industries, museums, civilian airports and other areas related to aerospace education.
Cadets may 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.
All AFJROTC instructors are retired Air Force commissioned and non-commissioned officers. The instructors maintain Air Force standards and are trained through the AFJROTC Academic Instructor Course. They are full-time faculty members of the participating high school and are employed by the local school board to teach AFJROTC classes. There are more than 1,910 instructors serving in the 870 units around the world.
Community service is a major part of the cadet experience and helps instill a sense of civic pride and citizenship. Projects range from working with national organizations like the March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy, the National Red Ribbon Campaign, and Special Olympics to participating in local community projects such as cleaning and refurbishing cemeteries, building parks, and sponsoring Little League baseball teams. In school year 2012-2013, JROTC cadets performed more than 1.56 million hours of community service.
Drug Abuse Prevention
Cadets are also very active in drug abuse prevention education. The Awareness Presentation Team is a program designed to provide cadets as positive role models for elementary and middle school students. Cadets visit the younger students at their schools and present talks and skits in an effort to deter drug use and abuse. Active unit programs make presentations to thousands of students each year.
Scholarships and Other Benefits
AFJROTC cadets who choose to continue their education may receive special consideration for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarships. Many of these scholarships will pay for two, three, or four years of tuition, books, and fees at numerous universities and colleges and allow cadets to pursue studies in various technical and non-technical majors.
Cadets completing two years of AFJROTC and who continue ROTC in college may waive one term of the AFROTC program. Students completing three years in AFJROTC may receive credit for a full year of college level AFROTC.
In addition, cadets electing to enter the military immediately after graduating from high school are eligible to enlist in the services at one to two pay grades higher than other enlistees. Students completing three years in AFJROTC are eligible to enter the Air Force two pay grades higher than other enlistees and are automatically enrolled into the Community College of the Air Force to receive college credit toward their associate college degree.THIS AFJROTC UNIT PROUDLY SUPPORTS ALL BRANCHES OF THE MILITARY!