To develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.
To instill values of citizenship, give service to the United States, develop a personal responsibility, and instill a sense of accomplishment in high school students.
Educate and prepare high school cadets in citizenship and life skills, Promote community service, Instill a sense of responsibility, Develop character and self-discipline through education and instruction in air and space fundamentals—supporting the Air Force’s core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do”
All JROTC programs develop cadets’ citizenship, character, leadership traits, and responsibility. Cadets participate in community service, drill and ceremonies, and traditional educational programs. They have uniform inspections. They study military history and customs, and take part in fitness training. Today, more than 3,000 high schools nationwide and overseas offer Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard JROTC classes. All JROTC instructors are certified by their training commands. They serve as teachers and mentors to the young cadets. While in the program, you will learn a wide range of life skills for success in school, work, and family. You will participate in social events, drill competition, ﬁeld trips, and other special activities. You will wear the uniform as directed by your service instructor. Most importantly, you will learn to be a productive and valued citizen in your community.
The AFJROTC began in 1966 with just 20 units. It has since grown to almost 900 units worldwide. More than 120,000 cadets are now enrolled in the program, taught and mentored by some 1,900 instructors. In the beginning, only young men were allowed as cadets. However, that changed in 1972 when young women were allowed to enroll in the program. Since then, the number of women in AFJROTC has increased dramatically, from 9 percent to over 40 percent of the cadet corps.