Air Force Junior ROTC Instructor Application

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Greetings and thank you for your interest in becoming an AFJROTC Instructor!  Please read all of this thoroughly BEFORE you start an application. 


Am I obligated for applying?  You incur no obligation for submitting an application.  Once your application is approved, the decision to be nominated to any school, or to accept a hiring offer from any school is your choice. 

Is my retired pay impacted in any way?  Being an AFJROTC instructor has no impact on your military retired pay. 

Minimum application requirements:

>>WAIVERS: Waiver requests must be resolved BEFORE an online application is attempted. Waivers are considered, based on the needs of the program. Email: with any waiver requests/questions.

>>INTEGRITY FIRST: Providing any false or misleading information during the application process is an integrity violation and will result in your disqualification.  Bypassing the pre-screening questions with inaccurate answers, or failing to disclose adverse actions is providing false and misleading information. 

1) Must be retiring/retired from a component of the US Air Force.  All Air Force JROTC instructors must be retired from a component of the US Air Force.  No waivers can be granted for this requirement. 

2) Have retirement orders. With verification from AFPC (AD) or from ARPC (ANG/AFRES) that your retirement application has been APPROVED, an application can be started.  However, we cannot finalize approval of any application until the actual, published retirement orders are provided to us.

3) Hold a retired grade of E6 to E9 or O4 to O6. Waivers for O3 retirees may be possible for exceptionally qualified Airmen, if interested in a hard-to-fill location.

4) Be retiring no farther than 9 months (270 days) out or be retired no longer than 5 years. A waiver for someone retired longer than 5 years may be possible, depending on the location of interest. Locations that normally receive or already have fully qualified candidates do not require waivers to fill the position. (Contact for questions on this)

5) Hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (major/minor is not relevant). For enlisted members who are actively pursuing their degree and are six (6) or fewer courses from completion of their Bachelor's degree, may apply if they enter an academic waiver agreement first. (Note: some locations may require a completed Bachleor's degree). Contact if you are six (6) or fewer courses from degree completion and are interested in entering into an academic waiver agreement.

6) Use a commercial e-mail address (may not use .mil email addresses).  Remember to always check your"Junk," "Spam," or "Bulk Mail" folders throughout this process.

7) Falsifications (including omissions of facts) on an application may result in application disapproval.  Falsification of an application (or omission of facts) may result in decertification, even if discovered after being hired into a school, regardless of time.

8) Be sure that you have read and understand ALL of the following information. If you meet all the minimum requirements stated above, the following information lists the items you will need to complete your application:

• RETIREMENT ORDERS: We will accept verification of an approved retirement from AFPC/ARPC to allow you to begin an application with AFJROTC. Please understand that we cannot approve your AFJROTC application until we receive a copy of your actual, published retirement orders.

• GRAY AREA RETIREES (ANG/AFRES Members):  You must include a Points Summary (with the cover sheet!) showing verification of at least 20 satisfactory service years. You can request this via HQ ARPC. 

• RETIRED GRADE:  All Air Force Junior ROTC instructors will display on their uniform, and will be addressed as, the grade in which they were officially retired.  This may or may not be the grade held at retirement. Why?  Active Duty officer retirement orders show a "retired grade" and "highest grade held."  Officers who do not complete the mandatory time-in-grade requirements before retiring (or get a time-in-grade waiver from AFPC) will be officially retired in the next lower grade.  

NOTE: If an applicant believes his/her retirement orders are incorrect, it is the applicant’s responsibility to contact AFPC/ARPC/NGB to get their retirement orders updated/corrected, or to obtain an official clarifying document which fully explains the discrepancy. We do not accept other documents, such as a DD Form 214, to validate anyone's retired grade.  

• DEROGATORY INFORMATION / ADVERSE ACTIONS: If you have any derogatory/adverse information in your past, you must disclose it.  Disclosing it does not necessarily disqualify you--that decision will be based on the actual information.  However, failing to report any derogatory information can certainly disqualify you.  You must fully explain any derogatory information and include supporting documents with your application package.  Any and all negative information needs to be disclosed at this time and explained. Failure to do so could result in your application being permanently disapproved. (NOTE: Automatic disqualification may stem from a civilian felony conviction, a military courts-martial conviction, or military non-judicial punishment records (or civil convictions) involving a violent act, a threatening act, domestic violence, child or spouse abuse, sexual abuse or sexual-related offenses (physical or verbal), pornography, larceny (theft), forgery, or abuse of rank/position.)  Please be advised that all applicants will be screened through an Air Force Legal Office for previous judicial/non-judicial punishment records.  Furthermore, please know that schools will do a thorough background check prior to employment.  

• PHOTO: A current full-length photograph showing head-to-toe, in short sleeve or long sleeve blues shirt and pants. No Coat/Jacket. This does not need to be professional photo, but be sure it is in jpeg or PDF format only. No faxed photos please. We must to be able to clearly see that you are within Air Force Dress and Appearance standards since all AFJROTC instructors wear an Air Force uniform daily.

• REFERENCES: Three references with daytime contact information (complete phone numbers) are required to complete your application. One reference should be your most recent/current supervisor. None of the references should be related to you in any way. A standardized set of questions will be used when references are contacted.  Please note: the JRI staff will not attempt to find alternate contact information so the burden to provide quality contact information is placed on the applicant. You may include the references in an email or within a word document.

• COLLEGE DEGREE: Include a copy of the diploma or transcripts reflecting the degree(s) you were awarded from an accredited institution. You must have a minimum of a completed/awarded Bachelor’s degree. (Location-specific waivers may be possible for those enlisted applicants who are very close to completion of a Bachelor's degree, but have not yet completed it. A written agreement to complete the degree within a specified timeframe will be required.)

• PERFORMANCE REPORTS: You must provide copies of your last 10 Performance Reports, not including any LOEs.  NOTE: this is not 10 years, but 10 total reports.  If you do not have copies of your last 10 performance reports, you may request them from: or (log-in required; search for "DPRIS")

ANG members only: If you have any gaps in performance report coverage (any time period where a performance report does not exist), you must get this verified in writing by AFPC/ANGB/ARPC and provide the letter to us.  This applies to periods of traditional service only, not periods of AGR service.  Additionally, if you do not have a performance report within the 15 months preceding your official retirement date, you must submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation from your current/most recent commanders, supervisors and/or First Sergeants attesting to your quality of military service, professionalism, integrity, and leadership ability.  It is the applicant's responsibility to contact AFPC/ANGB/ARPC to get copies of all performance reports or a letter verifying non-existence of specific reports.

• OCCUPATIONAL SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE: You will need to fill out, sign, and submit an AFJROTC Occupational Screening Questionnaire. If you have a medical/physical condition that may limit you from fully performing AFJROTC instructor duties, you will need a note from your Physician explaining it all.  This form can be downloaded in the online application module.


After you submit your application, Air Force Junior ROTC Instructor Management will perform a full review.  If all is well, you will be instructed to schedule a visit with a current Senior instructor (a retired commissioned officer instructor only) to get an in-person interview and to have your weight and body fat measurements taken. 

DO NOT schedule the interview until instructed to do so.  Please do not get ahead of the regular application process.

APPLICATION INTERVIEW WORKSHEET: A Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI) will conduct an in-person interview. This interview is from a current AFJROTC officer instructor at a high school in your area. This interview helps determine if you are a good fit for Air Force Junior ROTC instructor duty. The interview form is included as part of the final process of your application. To find the nearest Air Force Junior ROTC unit, go to You will see a map with “pins” where all the units are located. Just scroll down the page and you will see the listing with contact numbers. Please contact them to set up your interview. The SASI will have the interview form and will send the completed copy to our office. If they choose to give you a copy, you may send it to us as well. 

  • BODY FAT ASSESSMENT (Not BMI): You will actually be weighed and/or measured during your Application Interview with a current SASI.  Per AFJROTCI 36-2010, members must meet weight and/or body fat standards. We use the long-standing DoD standards for Air Force Junior ROTC. Air Force PT Test results are not accepted. If you are 29.0 BMI and under, no body fat measurements are needed.  If you are found to be over 29.0 BMI, you must be measured for body fat percentage.  If you are under the maximum allowable body fat (males 26% and females 36%) you are still eligible to be approved.  If you are over your maximum body fat, your application cannot be approved.  


- You must have an APPROVED instructor application before you can be nominated for any current vacancies. We do not send your nomination prior to your application being approved. 

- Do not contact any school regarding a vacant AFJROTC instructor position until you are approved and nominated to that school by our office.  Discussing potential employment before being officially referred gives you an unfair advantage over other applicants.  Doing this may permanently disqualify you from the program.


If you have read all of the above, and you are confident that you have everything you need....

CLICK HERE to start your Instructor Application 

Having application issues?  Review the step-by-step guide at this link

60 West Maxwell Blvd., Bldg. 835
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112