Provo High School is home to the ONLY Air Force Junior ROTC program in Utah County, and we are one of only four programs in the entire state!
Who Can Participate?
Any students in grades 9-12 who live in Provo City School District are welcome to participate in AFJROTC classes at Provo High. Students from outside Provo City School District can participate at Provo High by “choicing” here (taking all your classes at Provo High) or by paying a fee to take AFJROTC classes only. Please feel free to review our AFJROTC Cadet Guide 2014-2015 and contact us for registration information.
AFJROTC is Great Preparation For College and Life
While AFJROTC will familiarize students with military customs, we encourage education after high school—it’s college prep! It’s NOT military prep!
We think you’ll agree AFJROTC is an exciting and unique opportunity to gain leadership abilities and skills while studying Leadership Education and learning about Aerospace Science and Space Exploration. At the same time, students prepare for life after high school and begin to build their professional career. Students also serve in the school and community. The learning environment is respectful, friendly, and fun based on clearly explained firm, fair, and high standards.
Students who develop their leadership abilities and meet our standards typically have a higher degree of self-confidence, self-discipline, and poise as compared to their peers. They excel as leaders or members in student government and on virtually every team, organization, club, or group on and off campus. The personal qualities they develop in AFJROTC and these other experiences will serve them well in the future. Additionally, as instructors we guide and mentor each student to help them accomplish their academic, extra-curricular, career, and life goals.
What Students Will Learn?
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) is an academic class to develop scholars, leaders, and citizens with positive values, character, and conduct. Students in any grade can benefit from AFJROTC. Leadership education is the key academic part of the course. Students learn to lead by using positive influence gained by being an outstanding, firm, and supportive example. Academic emphasis is also placed on aerospace science technology and related careers. Students earn grades in academic and performance components. The performance component includes weekly uniform and appearance standards; daily behavior; drill and ceremonies; wellness; community service; social activities; and fundraising for community service and field trips. A few activities are conducted after school and on weekends. The learning atmosphere is respectful, friendly, fun, and hands-on. Our goals are firm, fair, and clearly explained to build a team where each student is successful as they help every other student and the AFJROTC program as whole to be successful.
It is important to understand that the nature of AFJROTC as well as its high visibility within the school and community requires its members to adhere to higher standards than might normally be found among the student body. Students are expected to live with honor, following our Honor Code, “I will not lie, cheat, or steal nor tolerate those among us who do.” Successful students eagerly conform to these high yet attainable standards. Parents or guardians will be disappointed if they expect AFJROTC to be a disciplinary or rehabilitation program.
AFJROTC operates within the framework of a military organization. This provides a structure for students to develop leadership and management skills. Students earn positive recognition, responsibility and other opportunities for their integrity, service, and excellence.
How AFJROTC Helps Students Succeed
The goal is for all students to continue their education following graduation. Students who apply themselves in the AFJROTC curriculum, leadership opportunities, and follow the instructors’ guidance and mentoring have been very successful in gaining admission and scholarships to their colleges of choice. Students are encouraged to be responsibly independent and seek a successful career and life as they define it. Most AFJROTC students do not enter the military or the aerospace industry.
AFJROTC is not intended to be preparation for the military. Students have no military or government service obligation. There are, however, benefits for students seeking appointment to a service academy, Air Force college ROTC scholarships, or enlistment in the military services. These benefits are not available to the general student body.
There are optional events, teams, clubs, camps, conferences, and trips only AFJROTC students may earn the opportunity to participate in. AFJROTC assists with funding or completely funds many of these activities.
Wellness is conducted in class one day per week and focuses on improving individual physical fitness based on national standards and encouraging students to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Students can receive an individualized 36-week exercise program tailored to meet their goals for completion outside of the school day.
Drill and Ceremonies provides an in-depth introduction to the elements of military drill, and describes individual and group precision movements, procedures for saluting, drill, ceremonies, reviews, parades, and developing a “commanding” voice. Throughout, emphasis is on developing leadership, followership, teamwork, poise, self-discipline, attention to detail, and precision leading to a high level of self-confidence.
AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC-I (GRADES 9-12)
AFJROTC-I is a history course designed to acquaint the student with the historical development of flight and the role of the military in history. About three-quarters of the available classroom hours are spent reviewing the development of flight from ancient legends through the Persian Gulf War and beyond. Additionally, the role of the military throughout the history of the U.S. is identified. Leadership studies will teach cadets proper wear of the uniform, Air Force customs and courtesies, and basic drill. Many hours are also dedicated to learning healthy lifestyles, ethics, managing stress, drug and alcohol prevention, and citizenship.
AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC-II (GRADES 9-12)
AFJROTC-II is a science course designed to acquaint the student with the aerospace environment, the human requirements of flight, principles of aircraft flight, and principles of navigation. The course begins with a discussion of the atmosphere and weather. After developing an understanding of the environment, how that environment affects flight is introduced. Discussions include the forces of lift, drag, thrust, and weight. Students also learn basic navigation including map reading, course plotting, and the effects of wind. The portion on the human requirements of flight is a survey course on human physiology. Discussed here are the human circulatory system, the effects of acceleration and deceleration, and protective equipment. Leadership hours stress communication skills, leadership, and teamwork activities. Students learn basic writing and speaking skills, as well as leadership theories, that will enhance their performance in other classes.
AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC-III (School Year 2012-2013 GRADES 9-12)
AFJROTC-III examines our Earth, the moon and the planets, the latest advances in technology, and continuing challenges of space and manned space flight. Issues critical to travel in the upper atmosphere such as orbits and trajectories, unmanned satellites, space probes, guidance and control systems are explained. The manned space-flight section covers major milestones in the endeavor to land on the Moon, and to safely orbit humans and crafts in space for temporary and prolonged periods. It also covers the development of space stations, the Space Shuttle and its future, and international laws for the use of and travel of space. Leadership hours cover the college application process, educational choices, choosing a career, job application and interview skills, and managing finances. Many third year cadets also hold key leadership positions in the cadet corps.
AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC-IV (4TH YEAR CADETS ONLY)
Fourth year cadets in good academic standing are allowed to manage the entire cadet corps. This hands-on experience affords the cadets the opportunity to put the theories of previous leadership courses into practice. All the planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, controlling, and decision-making will be done by the cadets. They practice their communication, decision-making, personal interaction, managerial, and organizational skills. Additionally, lessons are presented on management techniques, conflict resolution, negotiation skills, mentoring, and self-development.
There are many extra-curricular activities available to all students taking JROTC. We have a drill team called “Bulldog Group” that practices before school on odd (green) days. They participate in the Utah State Drill Competition, and travel to Sacramento, California every other year to compete in the Northern California Invitational Drill Meet. We have a Marksmanship program that practices after school three days a week and competes in several competitions within Utah. Marksmanship students learn proper shooting technique and weapon safety. We also have Rocketry and Model Aircraft clubs that meet after school. All supplies are provided at no cost to the students, and students can earn the Rocketry Badge after three successful launches.
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AFJROTC Frequently Asked Questions
- Q1. Will I be required to wear a uniform?
- A1. The Air Force uniform is worn one day a week. All uniforms are provided on loan. We provide all alterations. Students are required to clean them as necessary.
- Q2. I want to take AFJROTC but don’t want to cut my hair. Can I still take the class?
- A2. Boys’ hair must be kept within Air Force standards. This means it cannot touch the ears. Girls’ hair does not need to be cut, but it cannot extend below the bottom of the collar. Girls have the option of putting their hair in a bun or braids.
- Q3. Will I have to serve in the military after taking AFJROTC?
- A3. Absolutely Not! There is NO military obligation for AFJROTC students and we do not provide student names to military recruiters.
- Q4. How much homework is assigned in AFJROTC?
- A4. Homework is extremely rare in AFJROTC. Assignments are completed in class so students can work as a team and receive assistance from the instructors. Plus, we limit homework so students can focus on completing assignments in their core classes.
- Q5. What is the physical training like in AFJROTC?
- A5. We do physical training (PT) on Fridays. Students participate in running/walking, push-ups, sit-ups, and other exercises. The workouts are self-paced but students are encouraged to push themselves physically to achieve greater levels of fitness. Students also participate in team building sports and activities on PT days.
- Q6. What type of career will AFJROTC prepare me for?
- A6. AFJROTC is a leadership development program that will prepare a student for almost any career option. We also cover college admissions, financing, and preparation.
- Q7. Can I take AFJROTC and participate in extra-curricular activities?
- A7. Yes. We have a number of students who take AFJROTC while participating in athletics, band, student government, etc. AFJROTC students are encouraged to participate in school activities.
- Q8. What type of after school activities does Air Force Junior ROTC offer?
- A8. All activities that take place outside normal school hours are voluntary. Our Military Ball is a formal dinner and dance that is open only to JROTC students and their dates. The Ball is held in March on a Saturday night. Students can also participate in the AFJROTC annual awards ceremony where we recognize outstanding cadets with regional and national-level awards. Students can also volunteer to participate on our drill team, color guards, or one of our clubs. Drill team practices are on Green Day (odd) mornings before school and the team attends state and regional meets two weekends a year. Color guard performances are almost always after school hours, such as for football and basketball games. Clubs typically meet after school in the JROTC classroom. Model rocketry is offered during the year, those interested meet after school. Cadet leaders frequently hold planning meetings after school or during lunch.
- Q9. How do you discipline students in AFJROTC?
- A9. We use positive reinforcement for positive behaviors. These include formal and informal incentives beyond what is provided through the school. Students can earn ribbons that are worn on the uniform for good attendance, academic excellence, proper uniform wear, participation in activities, good conduct, and many others. There are a total of 43 ribbons that can be earned! Students will also receive promotions in rank and increased responsibility as rewards for positive behaviors. Students in good standing academically and behaviorally will be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities. There are negative consequences for negative behaviors to include communication with parents and discipline referrals to school administrators.
- Q10. Is physical punishment like push-ups or standing at attention for long periods used in AFJROTC?
- A10. Absolutely not! Air Force policy forbids instructors and cadet leaders from using physical discipline. Parents or guardians will be disappointed if they expect AFJROTC to be a disciplinary or rehabilitation program. Hazing is also strictly forbidden. AFJROTC is not “Boot Camp” or basic training.
- Q11. I see that students who take AFJROTC can earn college credit. How many credits can they earn?
- A11. Students who earn a grade of A or B can receive between two and six credits per year in Leadership through the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The university does charge a $55 dollar 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 any college. This college record may be helpful when applying to college in the senior year. Contact an instructor for more information.
- Q12. Do AFJROTC students gain an advantage for admission to the various service academies, college Air Force ROTC scholarships, or enlistment in the military?
- A12. 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. Students who enlist generally are promoted following basic training and earn about $500 more per month.
- Q13. I’m very interested in AFJROTC. Is there an activity fee?
- A13. No, there is no activity fee.
- Q14. What are some of the optional events only available to AFJROTC students?
- A14. As mentioned earlier there is the drill team, color guard, and model rocketry club. The drill team competes in a state drill meet and a regional meet (historically in Colorado or California). High performing cadets who meet our standards and goals become eligible for a weeklong Summer Leadership School (SLS) at Camp Williams near Lehi, Utah. SLS teaches students fun outdoor activities such as rappelling, orienteering, and zip-line skills, as well as leadership techniques. We also have an Awareness Presentation Team that mentors elementary and middle school students. Others may attend the Aerospace and Technology Honors Camp at the University of New Mexico. We attempt to take students on educational trips to Hill AFB in Layton every 1-2 years. Students learn how a military base operates and they get to fly on an actual air refueling mission.
- Q15. Does AFJROTC or the school pay for these trips?
- A15. AFJROTC pays for the huge majority of costs for our trips. For example, our annual 4-day trip to Sacramento, California for the Northern California Invitational Drill Meet only costs each student $40. Travel and lodging are paid for by AFJROTC, and students are given $5 per meal. The $40 is used for admission to Six Flags amusement park and spending money. Student participation in fundraising (with parental help, of course) helps to reduce the out-of-pocket expense.
- Q16. What are the standards and goals for the students?
- A16. We expect our students to strive to excel as scholars, leaders, and citizens while working together to help make their fellow students and the AFJROTC program successful. Positive reinforcement incentives are provided for goal accomplishment.