FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q1. The introduction to Air Force Junior ROTC mentioned a few activities after school and on weekends. Can you give me an example of what to expect? A1. Once each quarter students clean up the roads as a community service project under the Adopt-A-Highway program. During the fall semester, there is a formal dinner event, usually held at the East Valley Institute of Technology on a Thursday evening in November. All students also participate in the AFJROTC annual awards ceremony. Parade, drill team, and color guard performances are almost always after school hours or on weekends. Model rocketry is offered during the year, those interested meet after school. The orienteering team may meet after school, and competitions are on two or three Saturday’s during the year. As the cadets decide to participate in other activities, such as network defense competitions, there could be additional after school and Saturday opportunities. Q2. How do you discipline students in AFJROTC? A2. We use positive reinforcement for positive behaviors. These include formal and informal incentives beyond what is provided through the school. Examples include, ribbons for wear on the uniform; promotions in rank, position, and responsibility; and field trips and summer programs. There are negative consequences for negative behaviors to include communication with parents and discipline referrals to school administrators. Cadets can conduct honor boards for internal corps infractions, and recommend actions to the instructors. Q3. Is physical discipline like push-ups, sit-ups, or standing at attention for long periods used in AFJROTC? A3. Absolutely not! Parents or guardians will be disappointed if they expect AFJROTC to be a disciplinary or rehabilitation program. AFJROTC is not “Boot Camp” or basic training. However, push-ups, sit-ups and other exercises are used during the wellness training, and during drill, cadets do train to stand still for extended periods of time because it is judged during competition. Also, during periods requiring physical activity, cadets may be given alternative exercises to stay active, if not performing the primary activity. But it is not for disciplinary action! Q4. What career cluster or concentration does AFJROTC fit into? A4. AFJROTC is an excellent elective for every career cluster or concentration, and obviously fits into a military, political science or aerospace industry career. As a leadership development program, any student with leadership skills will benefit later in life. Although not a formal HHS Academy, one can complete both the PE and health graduation requirements by taking AS 100 as a freshman followed by AS200/300 during the sophomore fall semester and health class during the spring semester. Following this approach opens more opportunities to your son or daughter during a time when there are few elective options. Q5. What are some of the colleges former AFJROTC students have gone to? A5. Here’s a quick list of some of the places our graduates have gone to, several on scholarship: Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy (West Point), Norwich University and Embry-Riddell Aeronautical University. Q6. I see that students who take AFJROTC can earn college credit. How many credits can they earn? A6. Students who earn a grade of A or B can receive between two and six credits per year in Leadership through the Adams State College. The college does charge a low tuition fee, per credit. Students can register at a time when they are fairly certain of their grade, so the tuition is not wasted. Credits are transferable to many college. This college record may be helpful when applying to college in the senior year. Contact an instructor for more information. Q7. Will my child have to serve in the military after taking AFJROTC? A7. Absolutely Not! Q8. Do AFJROTC students gain an advantage for admission to the various service academies, college Air Force ROTC scholarships, or enlistment in the military? A8. Students who meet the academic, physical, and character requirements have a far better chance for admission to the service academies and Air Force college ROTC scholarships as compared to their peers who are not in AFJROTC. At HHS, we have been a distinguished AFJROTC unit, and as a result, we have had the opportunity to nominate cadets to the academies directly. Students who enlist generally are advanced in rank and could earn up to $500 more per month than those enlisting without AFJROTC. Q9. I’m very interested in AFJROTC, but paying the activity fee is a problem, what can I do? A9. Call one of the instructors. We’ve been very successful in working with parents and guardians in the past. Q10. Will my child be required to wear a uniform? A10. Normally, yes, one day a week. However, “basic” cadets (1st year cadets enrolled in AS-100) are encouraged, but not required, to for one semester. All uniforms are provided on loan for free. We provide all alterations. Students are required to clean them as necessary. When wearing the uniform, cadets have the honor of representing those who are serving around the world. Therefore, they are expected to represent them well. Q11. How can I take AFJROTC and another elective required for college (such as foreign language) during my freshman year, when the course selection form seems to fill five of the required six periods already? A11. The PE class listed on the selection form is not required when taking AFJROTC classes. Completing three semesters in AFJROTC meets the Chandler Unified School District PE graduation requirement. If also in AS 500 (zero-hour), it can be completed in two semesters. Q12. Can I take AFJROTC and band? A12. Yes. We have a number of students who take both AFJROTC and band or chorus, some for all four years. We work with the music teachers to eliminate any conflicts between AFJROTC and music events so the student isn’t penalized. And remember, three AFJROTC semesters provides the required PE credit towards graduation; no PE classes are required.