Dear Parents and Cadets of the Earl Warren AFJROTC Program,
Welcome to the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Earl Warren High School! As we approach the 2014-2015 school year, we are projected to be 285 strong; consisting of (approximately) 128 AS1, 85 AS2, 51 AS3 and 21 AS4 cadets.
We want to provide you a brief introduction to our program in this letter. The AFJROTC mission is to “Develop Citizens of Character, Dedicated to Serving Their Nation and Community.” It is important to note that we are NOT here to recruit your son or daughter for the military, and participation in our program incurs NO military obligation to serve in the Armed Forces. Cadets can participate in the program all four years in high school, and earn Physical Education credit for enrolling in AFJROTC as an elective class. However, the cadet must actively participate in the physical fitness portion of the program and the Presidential Fitness Challenge in order to receive PE credit.
AFJROTC is a character education program set in a military structure. It involves a blend of curricular and extra-curricular activities that give cadets many opportunities to become involved with the Corps. Classroom instruction includes Aerospace Science, Leadership Education, as well as drill and ceremonies. The curriculum is standardized by the Air Force, who provides all curriculum materials for each of the four Aerospace Science and Leadership Education courses.
A main requirement of the program is wear of the Air Force Junior ROTC uniform. Cadets are required to wear the uniform on Wednesdays, and will be expected to comply with all associated grooming standards governed by Air Force Instructions. Uniforms are provided by the Air Force, and are identical to the active duty enlisted uniform, with the exception of various ranks, badges, ribbons, and other insignia. Because all issued uniform items are Air Force property, proper care, cleanliness, custody, and accountability of these items is expected throughout a cadet’s entire tenure in the AFJROTC program.
There are a wide variety of extra-curricular activities that will be available to cadets; currently we have the following teams: Armed Drill, Unarmed Drill, Color Guard, PT, Orienteering, Academic, Sabre and Marksmanship. Given AFJROTC is intended to be a cadet-run program to the greatest extent possible, motivated cadets will both participate in and lead these programs under supervision of the instructor staff.
Both in and out of the classroom, the central focus of character education remains paramount. Therefore great emphasis is placed on the concept of being a good citizen. Mutual respect, teamwork, good conduct, leadership, and discipline are all cornerstones of this program. Most importantly, we are always looking for an opportunity to make a difference in someone's life.
KEVIN J. KEANEY, Capt, USAF (Ret)
SASI, Earl Warren High School