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What is AFJROTC?

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Santiago High School Air Force Junior ROTC invites you to join an exciting program for developing your leadership skills.

JROTC cadets are connected at SHS …they perform for home games, pep rallies, school assemblies, community events, parades and drill meets. They are achievers...attend flight academies, cyber academies, compete is national competitions. They are leaders...cadets get leadership experience through managing the corps of over 120 students. Talk to your counselor or contact Major Manney at (951) 739-5600 ex 2328 or MSgt Alton Randle at (951) 739-5600 ex 2327.

How JROTC Prepares You for The Real World

The biggest benefit of participating in JROTC is that it teaches valuable life skills that many high schools don’t emphasize, and because JROTC is funded by the military branches, it’s free to join (without any military obligation when finished). Even uniforms are provided for free.

At no cost at all, JROTC cadets can gain:
Leadership skills
Self-confidence
Discipline
Communication and collaborative skills
College financial planning skills (e.g. how to fill out the FAFSA, how to find and apply for scholarships and grants)
Community service skills
Accountability
Time-management
Problem-solving skills

JROTC cadets can start earning school-specific scholarships as early as 9th grade. These scholarships cover the cost of an education at 260 different colleges. Select schools offer up to $6,000 for each year in a JROTC program. Cadets in leadership roles can get an additional $3,375 per year. And the best part – there isn’t an application process. The funds are automatically added to the student’s financial aid package for the selected participating college.

Students can also apply to outside scholarships, and because of the program’s leadership training, JROTC cadets have an advantage over other applicants. JROTC graduates are better prepared to study, take tests, set goals and focus on the task at hand – all qualities that colleges are looking for in scholarship recipients. And because these scholarships are awarded by the schools themselves, there’s no service commitment (e.g. no military service requirement or any requirement to join ROTC in college).

FACTS:

AFJROTC counts as PHYSICAL EDUCATION and elective credits at Santiago HS.

AFJROTC cadets can earn scholarships to attend private pilot school, earn cyber security certifications, and earn a  4-year full ride AFROTC scholarship after high school.

Cadets can receive 1 year of college AFROTC credit for 4 years of AFJROTC.

Plan to enlist in the military? Up to 2 stripes upon enlistment in exchange for JROTC training. That's an extra $454 per month or $5448 per year after completing basic training than a recruit who did not participate in JROTC. (Must complete at least 3 years of JROTC per DOD policy.)

 

FICTION:

JROTC recruits students into the military. FALSE! JROTC does not recruit for the military. AFJROTC’s mission is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.

 

Cadets are required to wear the uniform every day. FALSE! Cadets are only required to wear the uniform once per week and maintain USAF grooming standards.

 

There is a military obligation for taking JROTC. FALSE! There is no obligation to join what-so-ever.

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