Building Better Citizens for America


Instill values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and sense of accomplishment.

Personnel and Resources

The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps staff includes 31 Headquarters personnel and nearly 1,900 retired Air Force officer and enlisted military instructors. There are 900 Air Force Junior ROTC units with over 120,000 cadets in high schools across the United States and selected Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) in Europe, the Pacific, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Contingent on funding, the Air Force plans to expand to 955 units by 2020. With the addition of new units, AFJROTC is expected to reach over 130,000 cadets worldwide.


AFJROTC provides citizenship 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 co-curricular activities. The program explores the historic and scientific aspects of aerospace technology and teaches high school students self-reliance, self-discipline, and other leadership characteristics. Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) concepts are also an important part of this world class program. The AFJROTC program is open to 9th-12th grade students who are citizens of the United States. By Title 10 USC, the program is a citizenship program and not chartered as a recruiting program for the military services and those students who participate in AFJROTC do not incur any obligation to the Air Force.

AFJROTC objectives are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill a sense responsibility, develop character, leadership, 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.

Community Service

Community service is a major part of the cadet experience and helps instill a sense of civic pride and citizenship. Each year, AFJROTC cadets do more than 1.6 million hours of community service. 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 and building parks. 


Leadership Development Requirements

JROTC provides numerous opportunities to grow and develop. Many of these opportunities are JROTC-sponsored and school-approved teams that normally occur outside classroom hours, before or after school. In JROTC, these programs are called Leadership Development Requirements (LDR). These events are not a mandatory requirement of enrollment, but a part of the program that cadets enjoy most. The LDRs expected for the next school year follow.


A formal Group of select Cadets that join together to polish and refine the skills of military drill. The Drill Team attends local drill meets, parades, and other extra-curricular activities in order to promote esprit de corps.



A group of select Cadets who present and post the Colors at formal and informal events, compete in competitions, and participate in parades. This elite Group helps to spread awareness of Cleveland High School AFJROTC on local, state, and national levels.

Athletic competitions designed to promote teamwork and camaraderie through physical fitness and competitions. Participants are required to have a TSSAA sports physical. Raiders consists of obstacle course type events and a modified Air Force Physical Fitness Test. This is considered a fall sport for Cadets.



An Olympic-style air rifle program where cadets receive training in the safe handling and marksmanship of an air rifle and compete to demonstrate these high standards.



This is a National Youth Cyber Education Program to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation's largest cyber defense competition that puts high school students in charge of securing virtual networks.


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