Air Force Junior ROTC Q&A
Not your normal class: Learn to FOLLOW, leave to LEAD!
The purpose of Air Force JROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. The course is a blend of academics, leadership-building, community service, physical fitness, and FUN!
We must be doing something right as JROTC has seen a huge growth over the last four years, from 78 to 135. We currently are projected to have over 120 students in the program for the 2019-2020 academic year, which is about 25% of the entire Cathedral Prep student body and 5% at Villa Maria Academy.
We realize students have many questions or concerns about JROTC. Here are the most common:
Question: Do I have to join the military?
Answer: Despite what you hear, JROTC is not a military recruiting tool. There is no obligation to enlist. In fact, most cadets in JROTC do not end up joining the military. However, if you are interested in a military career, we will certainly help you.
Question: Do I have to do push-ups all day?
Answer: No. While physical fitness is a part of the program, it is not an everyday requirement.
Concern: I play a sport and therefore will not be able to take the class.
Answer: 85% of our cadets play a sport and are able to enjoy all the activities that JROTC offers..
Question: Do I have to do a lot of events outside of the classroom?
Answer: yes and no. We do require every cadet to do 2 events every quarter but many can be done right before or after the school day.
Question: What if I can’t afford the cost of the uniform?
Answer: The uniform is free of charge and it is the exact same uniform worn every day by active-duty Air Force personnel. You wear the uniform once a week.
So, whether you want to learn to be a leader, or to take an alternative to World History, be part of a new tradition at Villa, become part of a family, or to find out a little bit more about the military, Junior ROTC is the course to take.