Frequently Asked Questions (Parents & Educators)

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Is there a military commitment?
There is absolutely no military commitment. Air Force Junior ROTCs primary mission is to make better citizens. The Air Force JROTC program has no recruiting goals or ties to the Air Force Recruiting Service.

What does JROTC stand for?
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

What is Air Force Junior ROTC?
Air Force Junior ROTC is a congressionally mandated program designed to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.  Air Force Junior ROTC will assist your child in being successful in high school and in whatever career path they choose.

How will my child benefit?
Air Force Junior ROTC exposes your child to leadership experiences that can be found in no other activity in high school.
Your child will earn high school credit and learn life skills they can use long after they graduate.

What does the Air Force provide?
The Air Force provides schools hosting Air Force Junior ROTC units with curriculum and instructional materials, equipment, uniforms, monetary funds for specified expenditures such as cadet field trips, and instructor salary reimbursement. Instructional materials include textbooks, training aids, and items of equipment such as computers, digital video disc players, digital video discs, video cassette recorders, video cameras, and monitors prescribed in the Air Force Junior ROTC curriculum.

Are there any costs for Air Force Junior ROTC?
No, the Air Force will provide your child with everything they need to be successful in our program. The only cost to you is routine cleaning of the uniform.

How much of my time will be required?
This depends on your child’s level of participation in the program. It can range from just classroom participation to about the same amount of time you put into other high school extracurricular activities (e.g. football, softball, or band).

What curriculum is taught?
The Aerospace Science curriculum includes the history of aviation, principles of flight, meteorology, navigation, flight physiology, and exploration of space. The Leadership Education curriculum includes training on uniform wear, drill, and customs and courtesies. It also includes stress management, leadership styles, communication skills, and financial management. Multiple opportunities are provided to enrich the curriculum, including drill teams, field trips, parades, Color Guards, and special summer programs.

What type of training do instructors get before they are allowed to teach at the high school?
The Junior Instructor Certification Course (JICC) curriculum provides student-centered learning experiences that focus on applying basic principles of learning to specific learning situations, planning meaningful instruction, using sound teaching methods, communicating effectively, and evaluating the achievement of learning objectives.  This course prepares newly assigned Air Force Junior ROTC faculty to teach in private, public, and DOD dependent high schools worldwide.  It is a rigorous, comprehensive, and fast-paced course that requires extensive reading and preparation and moderate research.  Major curricular areas include learning theory, learner-centered instructional activities, setting instructional outcomes through lesson planning, and preparation. Teaching methodologies include formal and informal lecture, guided discussion, teaching interview, group activities, and demonstration performance.  The course is organized for maximum participation in learning. A majority of class time is devoted to seminar activities. Students plan and present teaching lessons, develop test items, and participate in specialized labs to meet AFJROTC requirements.  Students must effectively plan and present teaching lessons. They are urged to use Air Force Junior ROTC lesson plans to prepare the required teaching lessons. Students also receive Air Force Junior ROTC instruction in curriculum, professional relations, leadership, counseling, twenty-first-century learning standards, classroom performance systems, creative teaching strategies, and diverse learning styles. They are introduced to secondary school challenges and concerns.

Officer instructors are retired officers who have at least a bachelor’s degree and typically, a minimum of 20 years on active duty. More than 90 percent of them have master’s degrees with backgrounds in teaching and extensive experience working with youth groups.

Enlisted instructors are retired noncommissioned officers (NCOs) with typically, a minimum of 20 years on active duty. More than 86 percent of enlisted instructors have a bachelor’s degree with an additional 32 percent holding a master's degree or higher. Most enlisted instructors have extensive experience in leadership, supply, administration, drill and ceremony, teaching, and experience working with youth groups.

What are the benefits for my child if he/she wants to pursue a military career?
If your child is considering pursuing a career in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Air Force Junior ROTC program will put them ahead of their peers. Success in the program (minimum of 2 years participation) translates into increased military rank (up to two grades), responsibility, and pay.

Are there college scholarship opportunities for cadets who want to go to college and become an officer in the military?
Yes, the Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC offer several competitive scholarships, including partial or fully paid tuition and a monthly stipend towards pre-approved college degrees. A commission in the Air Force is awarded upon graduation from college and successful completion of the ROTC program.

Is my school paying for all of this?
The Air Force provides schools hosting Junior ROTC units with instructional materials, equipment, uniforms, monetary reimbursement for orientation trips, funds for specified expenditures, and instructor salary reimbursement. Instructional materials include textbooks, training aids, and items of equipment such as computers, digital video disc players, digital video discs, video cassette recorders, video cameras, monitors prescribed in the Air Force Junior ROTC curriculum and up to one-half of an instructors minimum instructor pay.

What are the student enrollment eligibility requirements?
Students must be enrolled in a regular course of instruction in grades 9 through 12 at the school hosting the Air Force JROTC unit.  Students must be physically qualified to participate fully in the physical education program of the host school, maintain acceptable standards of conduct and comply with specified personal grooming standards.
Under the secondary school open enrollment policy and when desired by the principal of the host school, students in grades 9-12 who are otherwise ineligible for regular Air Force Junior ROTC enrollment may enroll as special AFJROTC cadets. Special Air Force Junior ROTC cadets may participate in school approved Air Force Junior ROTC activities, be called Air Force cadets, wear the uniform, participate as cadet officers, and go on field trips and orientation visits to military installations.
Any special equipment or additional staff that may be needed to instruct special Air Force Junior ROTC students is provided by the school.

What is the relationship of the instructors to other members of the faculty?
The Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI) and the Aerospace Science Instructor (ASI) are members of the faculty and teach an integral part of the school’s curriculum. They are subject to the same extracurricular assignments and duties as other teachers, such as monitoring homeroom and study hall, and usually receive the same benefits of sick leave, holidays, and vacations as do the other teachers. Some states/school districts may require the SASI and ASI to be certified as high school teachers above and beyond Air Force Junior ROTC instructor certification. Air Force Junior ROTC recommends that the SASI and ASI work toward teacher certification within the state. In some states, the ASI is permitted to teach military subjects without certification and may serve as a classroom assistant without being teacher certified by the state.

What pay does the instructor receive?
Instructors receive, as a minimum, an amount equal to the difference between their retired pay and the active duty pay which they would receive if they had remained on active duty. Active duty pay includes base pay, quarters allowance, subsistence allowance, clothing allowance (NCOs), and variable housing allowance. This is computed on a monthly basis, and then multiplied by the length of the contract. Assume your monthly active duty pay to be $3,000 and your retired pay to be $1,000; then:

Active Duty Pay & Allowances: $3,000
Less Retired Pay: $1,000
Minimum Instructor Pay (MIP): $2,000 (per month of contract length)

At a minimum, schools must pay the MIP (prescribed by Public Law 88-647). However, many schools recognize the value of the instructor’s military service and choose to pay above the minimum. Any amount above the minimum is subject to negotiation between the instructor and the school.  The Air Force reimburses the school one-half of the MIP.  In the example above, the Air Force would reimburse the school $1,000 every month the instructor is under contract with the school.  Each active duty pay raise will result in an increase of the minimum pay from the school.  Conversely, each cost of living raise in retired pay could result in a decrease of the minimum pay.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, Air Force Junior ROTC instructors are not, while so employed, considered to be on active duty or inactive duty training for any purpose.  Only the pay is computed as though you were on active duty.

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