Aerospace (AFJROTC)

The mission of AFJROTC is to develop better American citizens. Our focus is on aeronautics and leadership and we encourage school and community service. Unless noted otherwise, each course contains components of Aerospace Science, leadership education, and Physical Fitness and Personal Wellness. The Aerospace Science component is the “Course name” and is described in the course listings below and makes up forty percent of the class.

The Leadership Education (LE) component makes up an additional forty percent of the class but is unique to the course and
school. The following components are integrated into the Aerospace Science courses: LE100: Citizenship, Character & Air Force Tradition contains cadet and Air Force organizational structure; uniform wear; customs, courtesies and military traditions; self- control; citizenship and unlocking your full potential. LE 200: Communication, Awareness, and Leadership stresses communicating effectively, understanding groups and teams, preparing for leadership, solving conflicts and problems, and personal development.
LE 300: Life Skills and Career Opportunities investigates different paths to take after high school including how to apply for admission to college, vocational or technical school. The job search, as well as a résumé and the importance of good interviewing skills is also covered. Real life issues such as financial planning understanding contracts, leases, wills, warranties, legal notices, and personal bills are covered. Finally, citizen responsibilities such as registering to vote, jury duty, and draft registration will be reviewed. LE 400: Principles of Management provides exposure to the fundamentals of management. This course will equip students with the qualities needed to serve in leadership positions within the corps and after high school. LE 500: Drill and Ceremonies provides an in-depth introduction to drill and ceremonies.

The physical fitness and personal wellness component is also an important part of the class and makes up the last twenty percent of the class. The wellness program is an exercise program to help develop individualized training programs for cadets to lead a healthy lifestyle.

AFJROTC members may choose to participate in Cadet Corps functions that are extracurricular school and community service activities. These activities provide a memorable way to enhance our program. AFJROTC enrollment DOES NOT require you to enlist in the military after graduation. But, should you choose to enlist, you may accrue enlistment benefits and receive college credit. AFJROTC students are provided with uniforms, at no cost to them. Students may register for any or all trimesters in any order and receive 1 credit per completed trimester. There are no registration prerequisites for AFJROTC courses except for Advanced Aviation Ground School.

Zero Hour options may be available. Please contact your counselor if interested. 


Available At: Park High School Woodbury High School

This course covers aviation history and the development of flight throughout the centuries. Additionally, we review the role of military aviation throughout U.S. history.

ARS005: We start with the development of flight from ancient legends to the early days of flight. We study pioneers of flight who contributed to the later successes in the aviation field. We will discuss airpower up to and including World War II. Topics include the first successful flight of the Wright Brothers, air power in WW I, barnstormers and their contributions, and the development of commercial flight.

ARS006: Air Force, and Air Power in WW II will be studied. We will continue to study the growth of commercial flight and how aircraft developed from the propeller era through the jet era. We look at the transformation of a modern Air Force through the Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars and beyond.

ARS007: We will review the history of astronomical and space exploration to include the solar system and an introduction to early astronomers. We will also explore the development of the space program and the future of air and space power. 

Available At: Park High School Woodbury High School

In this course we learn about world cultures through the study of world affairs, regional studies, and cultural awareness. Examine history, geography, religions, languages, culture, political systems, economics, social issues, environmental concerns and human rights. Look at major events and significant figures that have shaped each region.

ARS014: Study the Environmental and Social Issues in Asia and the Middle East, including US interests in the region. Look at The Persian Gulf Wars, Islamic Fundamentalism and Terrorism, and Economical Development of Asian countries.

ARS015: Study the Environmental and Social Issues in Africa and Russia, including US interests in the region. Look at the Shadow of Western Colonialism, Leadership, and Health and Human Rights issues in Africa. We also investigate the Leadership, Economic Restructuring and World Relationships of Russia and its Republics.

ARS016: Study the Environmental and Social Issues in Europe and Latin America, including US interests in the region. Study Immigration, Terrorist Cells, Ethnic Strife and Religions of Europe. We also look at Economic Reform, Leadership, Poverty, Educational Limitations, Cartels, and the Growing Drug Trade of Latin America. 

Available At: Park High School Woodbury High School

This course is designed to acquaint students with the aerospace environment, the human requirements of flight, principles of aircraft and principles of navigation.

ARS011: The course begins with a discussion on the principles of flight and then continues with atmosphere and weather. After developing an understanding of environmental factors, their interrelated affect on flight is studied.

ARS012: The human body and aeronautics are studied with a focus on flight effects on the various physiological systems of the body to include the sensory, respiratory, circulatory, nervous and skeletal system.

ARS013: Topics of study include the elements of navigation and the function of navigational aids and flight instruments. 

Available At: Park High School Woodbury High School

In this course, students learn about astronomy and the exploration of space. We will get an in-depth study of the solar system including the moon, the planets, deep space, the latest advances in space technology and continuing challenges of space. We will look at manned spaceflight including issues that are critical to travel in the upper atmosphere as well as milestones in the exploration of space.

ARS008: We will investigate the vastness of the galaxy and the universe as understood during the age of Prehistoric and Classical Astronomy through to Modern Astronomy. We study the Solar System’s structure which encompasses the sun, terrestrial planets and the outer planets, and continue into Deep Space including the Milky Way Galaxy and what lies beyond.

ARS009: We will investigate the challenges of exploring space and review the history and accomplishments of past and current space projects.

ARS010: We will finish by focusing on space technology including the evolution of rocket technology and robotics. Current and future commercial uses of space are also investigated. 

Available At: East Ridge High School Park High School

Life Skills and Career Opportunities is a course to help students prepare for life after high school. However, this one trimester course is blended from multiple sources to help students prepare for collage and their entrance exams, specifically the ACT (American College Testing). The ACT is the standard test for measuring high school achievement and college admissions in the United States. High scores help ensure acceptance into the college of your choice and are required for many scholarship applications. The ACT is widely used in the Midwest and Southern United States, while the SAT is more popular on the East and West coasts. This class will focus on improving student performance on the ACT including the essay portion which is required by many colleges and universities. It will also be useful for those planning to take the SAT. It is derived from the Life Skills and Career Opportunity JROTC course. As a JROTC course, it will contain traditional elements of aviation science, current events, personal wellness and fitness. However, all elements of the course will focus on reviewing critical skills and support the development of your study, testing and writing skills with the goal of improving your ACT score. Each student will take a pre and post test to confirm improvement.

Available At: Park High School

This course is an advanced, more in-depth study of aerospace topics. This academically challenging course is the foundation for students interested in receiving a private pilot license. When the course is complete the student should be prepared to take and pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written examination. This is a one term
class. Topics covered include: human factors, flight operations, the atmosphere and its effect on aircraft operations, the basics of navigation using charts and radio aids and the principles of aeronautical decision-making
and flight-related physiological factors.

Available At: East Ridge High School Park High School Woodbury High School

This course is offered in August at Woodbury High School as part of theirsummer school offerings but is open to all students in the district. It is taught jointly by JROTC instructors from Woodbury and Park with input from various military survival experts and instructors. It contains a review of the basic survival information found in military Survival Training courses with extensive practical hands on instruction. The instruction provides training in skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to successfully perform fundamental survival tasks. Sample topics include survival medicine, finding food and water, clothing, building a personal survival kit, signaling, making fire and emergency shelter. Students will learn the necessities for maintaining life in a survival situation, as well as how to travel and prepare for recovery. We will conclude this class with an overnight outdoor survival camp where the students will practice their survival skills in a safe outdoor environment for 2 nights (a sleeping bag and access to a tent is recommended). The class is taught by the Aerospace Science Department. Additional emphasis is placed on leadership, personal development skills and fitness.