Cathedral Preparatory School
Villa Maria Academy
Cathedral Preparatory School
Villa Maria Academy

Air Force JROTC

The mission of Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AF JROTC) is to “Develop citizens of character, dedicated to serving their nation and community” with the following stated goals:

To instill:

  • The value of citizenship
  • Service to the United States
  • Personal responsibility
  • A sense of accomplishment

This mission and accompanying goals combine with the Air Force’s Core Values of “Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in All We Do” to clearly support Cathedral Prep and Villa Maria Academy's mission to create young men and women of  "Vision in Spirit, Mind, and Body.”

We aim to educate and train our high school cadets in citizenship; to promote community service; to instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline; and to provide first-class instruction in Global and Cultural Studies, Principles of Flight, Aviation History, National Defense Policies and Leadership, Management and Character Education.

Specific objectives of the AF JROTC program are:

  • 21st Century Themes of Global Awareness, Civic Literacy, Health Literacy, Financial Literacy
  • Life skills of Leadership, Social Interaction, Personal Accountability, Personal Initiative & Flexibility
  • 21st Century Skills of Problem Solving, Communication and Creativity
  • Milestones in Aviation History

In concert with the school’s stated college preparatory role, we have tailored the 4-year AF JROTC curriculum to meet academic requirements and student interests.

The academic flow is as follows:

We require all cadets to learn and exhibit military customs, courtesies, and behavior; to wear the uniform weekly, and to support JROTC community service events.


Freshmen: Global Studies I takes the place of World History 1 and you also learn Air Force Traditions, Wellness, and Foundations of Citizenship.

Sophomores: Global Studies II takes the place of World History 2 and you also learn Rocketry, NASA History and Communication Skills.

Juniors: JROTC is an elective and you will learn about Space Exploration and, most importantly, Life Skills to include Career Research, College Explorations, Money Management, and Job Research Skills.

Seniors: JROTC is an elective; you will learn about Leadership, Management, Defense Policies of the U.S. and several other lessons that will aid you for the future.


Freshmen and Sophomores:  Global Studies takes the place of World History and you also learn Air Force Traditions, Wellness, Foundations of Citizenship, Rocketry, NASA History and Communication Skills.

Juniors and Seniors: JROTC is an elective; you will learn Air Force Traditions, Wellness, and Foundations of Citizenship and you will also learn about Milestones in Aviation.

College credit option:

During their junior and senior years, cadets can earn up to 6 hours of college credit through on-line classes with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, as specified below.

Tuition Cost: $240 per three-credit course (includes registration fees).

PSC 1510 - Leadership for the Next Generation: Citizenship and Community Service

PSC xxxx – History Course TBD

Also, upon completion of the program, you may be eligible for college scholarships. The J-100 scholarship pays for students to attend college through the AFROTC program to commission as a 2Lt upon graduation from college, so our JROTC selectees will become AFROTC cadets and follow AFROTC scholarship procedures.


The Air Force annually funds scholarships for AFJROTC cadets to attend Cyber college course at select public/private universities during the summer.  The scholarship funds transportation, room and board, and one college course which will award approximately three college credit hours upon successful completion. Additionally, the scholarship “may” provide cadets an opportunity to test for Cyber or IT industry certifications. The course duration, depending on the university, may vary but could be 8 weeks long.

However, the experience does not stop there. Prep and Villa’s JROTC also offers a wide variety of clubs and extra-curricular activities, which includes the Military Drill Team, Color Guard (which presents the U.S. flag at a variety of events to include MLB, NBA, and NFL games, and Erie Otters, Bay Hawks, and Sea Wolves games), Awareness Presentation Team, Volleyball Team, Cyber Patriot Computer Competition, Drone Club, Rocket Club, Academic Testing Team, and physical training. See our Activities Page for highlights and specifics. 

Master Sergeant Richard Sambuchino USAF (retired), B.S.

Master Sergeant Richard Sambuchino USAF (retired), B.S.

Titles: Leadership Education 1, 2, 3 and 4, Military Drill and Color Guard
Degrees: USAF (retired), B.S.
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Locations: Cathedral Prep, Villa Maria Academy
Departments: JROTC