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Air Force Junior ROTC New Unit Application

Greetings, thank you for your interest in establishing an Air Force Junior ROTC program!  Please read all of this thoroughly BEFORE you start a unit application. 

1.  Q:  HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M READY TO OPEN A UNIT?

HQ Air Force Junior ROTC highly recommend you receive contingent approval from your school board, superintendent, district, etc. to ensure budget, curriculum credit, scheduling type issues are already considered in order to hasten the process once an offer is made.  This is especially important since offers can occur any time during the school year due to late closure notifications and uncertainty of a particular year’s declination rate (i.e. how deep in the alternate pool we select; current declination rate is approximately 25%).  Please remember, the applicant is responsible to let us know if any information on your application has changed.

2.  Q:  CAN I ALSO APPLY FOR ANOTHER SERVICE’S JROTC PROGRAM?

A:  Yes.  Another service maybe expanding faster than the Air Force and their selection criteria differs in some respects.  Another service may be able to reach your school faster than the Air Force can.  However, once the school accepts another service’s JROTC program, the school will be removed from the Air Force’s waiting list.

3.  Q: What are the steps to apply for an Air Force Junior ROTC program?

A:  First step is to fill out an application.  Second, a site survey will be scheduled for the school with the Regional Director of that state.

4.  Q: WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR A SCHOOL BEING SELECTED TO RECEIVE AN AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC UNIT?

A:   Once a year, usually (mid July), a rank-ordered list of all schools that have received a favorable site survey (are ready to host a unit) is submitted to the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) for approval.  This list is for offers to be made in the following school year (EXAMPLE:  2017 SECAF submission is for units activating in SY2017-2018).  Our goal is to make offers to schools in October or November so they have time to work budgets, student scheduling, etc.  In non-expansion years when attempting to replace closing units, tendering of offers can occur at any time.

5.  Q:  HOW DO I KNOW MY HIGH SCHOOL “RANKING”?

A:  Units are not awarded on a “first-come, first-served” basis.  All applicant schools receive a score on a scale from 1-100.  This score is derived from the following categories:

-  Geographic (State) Location (the closer the state is to the target school authorization, the fewer geographic points are awarded (40 % of score).

-  Size of student population and instructor availability in the area (25% of score)

- Availability and quality of facilities, and support from school district and community (25% of score)

-  Title I eligible school (5% of score)

-  Located in a Metropolitan-area of 150,000 or greater as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau (5% of score).

School rankings fluctuate year-to-year because we consider all new applications along with previously approved candidates in order to ensure a “fair and equitable distribution across the nation” as required by US Public Law.  Annually, schools are ranked each summer at the time of SECAF submission.  We do not release this ranking to the general public due to the annual fluctuation in rankings and in number of units we can open each year. 

6.  Q:  WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF RECEIVNG A UNIT NEXT YEAR?

A:  Unknown.  Geographic (State) Location score plays a big part in your ranking.  However, few under represented states apply for units; hence, over represented states may still receive units.

7.  Q:  WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM OFFERED A UNIT AND I DECLINE?

A:  The first time you decline the JROTC program, your school will remain on the waiting list but it will be re-ranked with any new applications received.  If you decline a second time, your application will be deleted and you will have to reapply at such time you are ready to open a unit (no earlier than one year from the second declination date). 


Nomination Procedures.  The following are the procedures used in nominating an applicant school for the SECAF approval in establishing a new Air Force Junior ROTC unit:

1.2. 1. The process starts when a school district submits an application for an Air Force Junior ROTC unit via the on-line application process.  Headquarters Air Force Junior ROTC will validate and begin processing the application after receiving the signed signature page from the superintendent of the applying school. (Address to send unit application via e-mail douglas.davenport@us.af.mil or HQ-Assessments@AFJROTC.COM and mail address AFJROTC/JRS, 60 West Maxwell Blvd, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6106)

1.2.2. The date of application submission shall be considered the initial longevity date of record.

1.2.3. Applications will be screened to determine initial eligibility. Examples of initial eligibility include, but are not limited to, the following. The school must:

1.2.3. 1. Be a public or private secondary educational institution.

1.2.3.2. Not already be hosting a JROTC unit from another service (unless the school is a military institute).

1.2.3.3. Have adequate classroom, storage, instructors office, and drill space identified should an AFJROTC unit be offered to the school.

1.2.3.4. Have a current accreditation unless the school has yet to open.

1.2.3.5. Comply with Title VI of the US Civil Rights Act of 1964.

1.2.3.6. Be able to grant academic credit towards graduation for the completion of AFJROTC courses.

1.2.3.7. Have waited a minimum of 5 years before applying if having previously hosted a JROTC unit.

1.2.3.8. Have waited a minimum of one calendar year before reapplying if having previously declined two offers to host an AFJROTC unit.

1.2.4. If the school does not meet initial eligibility requirements, the Air Force Junior ROTC Chief of Support (HQ AFJROTC/JRS), will return the application stating the reasons for ineligibility.

1.2.5. If the school meets initial eligibility requirements, Air Force Junior ROTC will conduct a site survey prior to recommending it to SECAF as a candidate for a new unit.

1.2.5.1. HQ AFJROTC/JRO will appoint a Headquarters representative to conduct the site survey.

1.2.5.2. Past, current, or prospective Air Force Junior ROTC instructors will not serve as site survey officers unless waived by the Director, HQ Air Force Junior ROTC and only if the instructor is in a better position to reach a geographically isolated location than any other qualified site survey officer.

1.2.5.3. The Air Force Junior ROTC Director, Deputy Director, Chief of Operations, Chief of Support (HQ AFJROTC/JRS), and Regional Directors are automatically qualified to conduct site surveys by virtue of position.  

1.2.5.4. The site survey officer will coordinate the date and time of the site survey with the school' s superintendent and principal.

1.2.5.5. The site survey will be conducted and scored according to the rules established in Holm Center Instruction 36-2010.  Once completed, the site survey officer will electronically submit the site survey score sheet to HQ AFJROTC/JRS within seven calendar days of the completion of the site survey or a suspense date set by HQ AFJROTC/JRO.

1.2.5.6. HQ AFJROTC/JRS will notify the school if a survey results in non-recommendation. The non-recommendation will be documented to include the reasons for the non-recommendation. and the school's application will be properly disposed.  The school may reapply after remedying all reasons for non-recommendation.

1.2.6. Once the site survey is complete, HQ AFJROTC/JRS will determine school ranking on the waiting list according to the process established in Air Force JROTC Instruction 36-2010.

1.2.7.  The Air Force Junior ROTC Director reserves the right to allow schools with special qualifications to submit an application out-of-cycle. These instances will be documented in the remarks section of the school's electronic application.

1.2.8. Schools who have a succesful site-survey are placed on the School Candidate List (SCL).  Schools remian on the SCL until offered program, decline to host a program, or ask to be removed.


To begin the application process, please click the following link to download the application form:

AFJROTC Unit Application

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