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AY 2016-2017





The Mission of Air Force JROTC is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.


COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course consists of three components: Aerospace Science (40%), Leadership Education (40%), and Wellness/Physical Fitness (20%). The Aerospace Science I portion is a course study in Aviation history (100), Cultural Studies (200), or Space Environment (300).The emphasis is on civilian and military contributions to aviation; the development, modernization, and transformation of the Air Force; and a brief astronomical and space exploration history. It is interspersed with concise overviews of the principles of flight to include basic aeronautics, aircraft motion and control, flight power, and rockets. Leadership Education introduces the student to the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program, while instilling elements of good citizenship, develops informed citizens; strengthens and develops character; develops study habits and time management; wear of the Air Force uniform; and Air Force customs, courtesies and drill skills are introduced. Additionally, cadets will be taught the fundamentals of Drill and Ceremonies. This portion of the course concentrates on the elements of military drill, and describes individual and group precision movements, procedures for saluting, drill, ceremonies, reviews, parades, and development of the command voice. Students are provided detailed instruction on ceremonial performances and protocol for civilian and military events and have the opportunity to personally learn drill. Most of the work is to be hands-on. The Wellness/Physical Fitness portion will incorporate the Cadet Health and Wellness Program (CHWP). The CHWP is an exercise program focused upon individual base line improvements with the goal of achieving a Presidential Physical Fitness standard calculated with age and gender. The goal of the CHWP is to motivate JROTC cadets to lead active, healthy lifestyles beyond program requirements and into their adult lives. Cadets will be given the opportunity to put into practice the wellness concepts that are taught in Leadership Education I. Students WILL wear the Air Force JROTC uniform weekly (Thursday) and the issued PT uniform on Fridays.


CREDIT HOURS: 1Elective Credit for the entire year (must complete both semesters)


INSTRUCTOR’S NAMES: Major Jason Huffman (jhuffman@burke.k12.ga.us)

                                               TSgt Lorenzo Simpson (lsimpson@burke.k12.ga.us)

                                                 JROTC Office Phone – (706–554-0059)



Leadership Education/Drill and Ceremonies:

  1. Know the importance of AFJROTC history, mission, purpose, goals, and objectives.
  2. Know military traditions and the importance of maintaining a high standard of dress and appearance.
  3. Know the importance of attitude, discipline, and respect, and why values and ethics are so important.
  4. Know the importance of individual self-control, common courtesies and etiquette.
  5. Know that an effective stress management program improves the quality of life.
  6. Know why courtesies are rendered to the United States flag and the National Anthem.
  7. Know why it is important to be a good democratic citizen and to be familiar with the different forms of governments.
  8. Know the importance of keeping yourself well and helping others stay well.
  9. Know the importance of drill and ceremonies.
  10. Know basic commands and characteristics of command voice.
  11. Apply and execute the concepts and principles of basic drill positions and movements.
  12. Know when and how to salute.
  13. Know all of the cadet ranks and Air Force ranks


Wellness and Physical Fitness

  1. Motivate AFJROTC cadets to lead active, healthy lifestyles beyond program requirements and into their adult lives.
  2. Create an individualized training program based on national standards by age and gender.
  3. Identify areas of improvements for each cadet.
  4. Incorporate a physical training program to reach goals.
  5. Complete Presidential Fitness Challenge two (2) times, fall and spring.



UNIFORM DAY: THURSDAY and Special Events such District and School functions. Cadets are required to wear their Physical Training uniform on FRIDAYS.


GRADING PROCEDURES: Grades from the Aerospace Science portion of the course count 40% of the AFJROTC final grade and will be graded by the SASI. The Leadership Education and Drill portion of the grade counts 40% of the final grade and will be graded by the ASI. The wellness portion of the program counts for the remaining 20% of the final grade and will be graded by the SASI and/or ASI. Drill will be evaluated by the ASI and the SASI. HABITUAL NON-WEAR OF THE UNIFORM AND FAILURE TO MAINTAIN STANDARDS WILL RESULT IN A FAILING GRADE AND DISMISSAL FROM THE PROGRAM. Grades will be computed in accordance with standard district grading policy. For fitness and wellness, students will be graded by participation and “dress-out”. 50% for participation, 50% for wearing issued fitness uniform.




Uniform Wear

Class Attendance, Preparation & Participation

Exams (Midterm & Final)


Parades, Special Events


Class work/Homework


GRADING SCALE: As set by Burke County High School


                            Grade Required                        Percentage

A                                               90+

B                                               80-89

C                                               70-79

F                                               69 and below





UNIFORM WEAR (Major Grade): Uniform wear is a large part of the Air Force JROTC program. ALL cadets are required to wear the appropriate uniform each THURSDAY, from the start of the school day until released. Make-up day for absences on uniform day is the following MONDAY, to receive full credit. Any missed uniform day due to an absence must be made up before the next uniform day (Thursday). Monday wear receives full credit, Tuesday wear receives 75% of full credit, Wednesday wear receives 50% of full credit. There will be no make-up uniform days other than those stated above. If the student is present on Thursday and fails to wear the uniform or fails to wear the uniform all day, this will result in a 0” (zero) grade for that uniform day. There are no make-up uniform days allowed for students who were present but failed to wear the uniform. If a student is in ISS or OSS for a Thursday uniform wear or a Friday PT session, they will receive an automatic “0” (zero) and will not be allowed to make-up. Students in ISS on a Thursday wear day WILL NOT wear the JROTC uniform that day. No student will wear a JROTC uniform while serving in ISS. Multiple failures to wear your uniform can lead to disenrollment from the course. Cadets are required to wear their issued Physical Fitness uniforms on Fridays unless otherwise directed. Failure to turn in uniforms by the end of the course/year will result in an overall I” incomplete grade for the course and the Principal notified. Additionally, the student will be placed on the “Fines/Holdslist until the uniforms are paid for/returned. ALL UNIFORMS MUST BE PROFESSIONALLY DRY-CLEANED AND TURNED IN WITH PROOF OF RECEIPT BY MAY 5, 2017.


EXAMS (Major Grade): Two types of major exams will be administered during the course: midterms and finals. Tests will be a comprehensive assessment of all material taught since the last test. These tests will cover the concepts taught in all portions (AS, LE, Wellness) of the AFJROTC I curriculum.


CLASS ATTENDANCE, PREPARATION AND PARTICIPATION (Daily Grade): Todays workforce does not earn a paycheck unless they show up ready for work. Cadets earn grades commensurate with their class participation and effort. Cadets who are not present or prepared cannot participate fully in class. This is especially key to drill and physical fitness. Class preparation includes cadet adherence to proper grooming standards daily as outlined in Air Force Instruction and school dress code.


QUIZZES (Daily Grade): Daily quizzes will be administered throughout the course. Quizzes will cover all material taught since the last quiz or test.


HOMEWORK/CLASSWORK: Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period, unless otherwise directed or the cadet has an excused absence that day. For excused absences, the assignment will be due on the next class day that the cadet is present. Assignments not turned in on the due date because of an unexcused absence will receive a0” (zero) grade for that assignment.


COMMUNITY SERVICE: Cadets will have multiple opportunities to perform Air Force JROTC sponsored community service during each semester. This will also be a major part of their grade.


CURRICULUM IN ACTION TRIPS (CIA)/FIELD TRIPS: Throughout the semester, the cadets will have opportunities to participate in school-sponsored activities that serve as an extension of the AFJROTC curriculum. These trips may include college visits or military base visits, etc. Cadets must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to participate.


CLASS BEHAVIOR: The nature of the AFJROTC mission, as well as its high visibility within the school and community, requires it members to adhere to higher standards than might be found among the student population. Inappropriate behavior, in or out of uniform, is prohibited while in participating in AFJROTC. This behavior includes, but is not limited to, consuming alcohol, drug abuse, tobacco use, horseplay, public displays of affection, fighting, disparaging remarks, insubordination, disrespect, verbal threats and physical attacks.


CELL PHONES: Cell phone policy is in accordance with school district instructions. Cell phones must remain turned off and out of sight during the instructional day. Students who use the telecommunications device during the school day, will have the device confiscated. Parents may pick up the confiscated device from the assistant principal’s office. Any student who refuses to turn over their cell phone will be considered insubordinate and will receive additional disciplinary consequences.



  1. Follow the chain of command (i.e. cadet-element leader - assist. Flt/CC – Flt/CC – Ops/CC – Sqd/CC – Group/CC – ASI – SASI). DO NOT GO DIRECTLY TO THE CADET GROUP/CC WITHOUT YOUR FLT/CC WITH YOU.
  2. Always use the titlesSir or Maamwhen addressing AFJROTC instructors, staff, and senior ranking cadets.
  3. Be on time. Dont be late to class, scheduled events, practices, etc.
  4. Always bring your required items to class (notebook, pen/pencil, textbook, etc).
  5. Wear the correct uniform on the appropriate day.
  6. Place personal belongings under your desk – nothing in the aisle.
  7. Raise your hand and wait to be acknowledged; do not talk without permission.
  8. Listen respectively and attentively to the speaker/presenter or fellow cadets when they are speaking.
  9. Treat others with mutual respect. Profanity, vulgar language, racial or ethnic slurs, derogatory comments, sexual harassment, or harassment of any fellow cadet or student will not be tolerated.
  10. Remain in your seat unless given permission to move about the room
  11. Remain professional; do not sit on desks, tables, trash cans, etc.
  12. Unauthorized personnel are not allowed in the staff offices.
  13. Always use the trash can to dispose of trash. If you see trash on the floor, clean it up.
  14. No eating, drinking and no chewing gum in the classroom.
  15. Wearing hats or sunglasses indoors is prohibited.
  16. Maintain loyalty to the Corps, school, and the Core Values.
  17. No horseplay in the AFJROTC areas.
  18. Maintain self-control and your self-respect at all times.
  19. Do not disrespect school staff, teachers, JROTC instructors, higher-ranking cadet officers and NCOs.












  1. Enter the classroom and proceed directly to your desk.
  2. Place books and backpacks under your desk.
  3. Stand at the position of Parade Rest” to the left of your desk.
  4. After the bell has rung, the flight commander/flight sergeant will call the class to “ATTENTION” and the whole class will be directed to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance”
  5. The flight commander/flight sergeant will call the class to Parade Rest and take roll
  6. When the cadet hears his or her name, they will respond with “Here Sir” or “Here, Ma’am”, snapping to “Attention” and then immediately back to “Parade Rest”
  7. When the instructor enters the classroom, the flight commander/flight seargent calls the room to “attention” and when the instructor approaches the podium and salute the instructor and state The Flight is Ready for Instruction.
  8. After the instructor returns the salute, the flight commander will give the command Be Seated.
  9. Approximately two minutes before the class dismissal bell rings, the instructor will direct the Flight Commander or Flight Sergeant to prepare the class for dismissal. state PREPARE FOR DISMISSAL. Cadets will stop class work and put books and classroom materials away. Cadets will clean up their desks, pick up any trash in the immediate vicinity of their desks, align their desks with others in their element, and prepare to stand for dismissal, and assume PARADE REST
  10. When the bell rings or at the signal of the instructor, the Flight Commander/Sergeant will call the flight to ATTENTION. Cadets will come to the position of ATTENTION at the side of their desk and wait for further instructions.
  11. The Flight Commander/Sergeant will check that all trash is picked up and the desks are aligned. The Flight Commander/Sergeant will salute and report to the SASI/ASI ‘’The Flight is Ready for Dismissal’. After the SASI/ASI states Dismiss the Flight, the Flt CC/Flt Sgt will DISMISSthe flight. Cadets can then retrieve their personal belongings and depart the classroom.



Monday – Aerospace Studies

Tuesday – Aerospace Studies

Wednesday – Leadership Education / Exams (All exams will be given on a Wednesday)

Thursday – Leadership Day – all cadets MUST wear the issued AF JROTC Uniform

Friday – Physical Training – all cadets MUST wear the issued JROTC Fitness Uniform and participate in activity



JROTC Tutoring is available on Thursdays – 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm in room 704


FIGHTING AND DISRESPECTING FACULTY: Any JROTC Cadet that is involved in a fight or has been reported to be disrespectful to any faculty member will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Penalties could include: removal from a leadership position, demotion in rank, or removal from the JROTC program.


INFORMATION: Information will be relayed each day in class, through REMIND ME messages and via the JROTC Webpage at: http://bchs.burke.k12.ga.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=409014&type=d&pREC_ID=891537


ACTIVITY FEE - $20.00 -- Make check payable to “BCHS AF JROTC” or can pay cash. Receipts will be given.




Burke County High School

1057 Perimeter Road

Waynesboro, Georgia 30830


Dear Parents and Guardians,



I would like to personally welcome you and your student to the Burke County High School Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) program. I know that your student will find AFJROTC both challenging and rewarding. To ensure that both you and your student understand the expectations of the JROTC program, please read the attached documents that outline the curriculum to be covered and class rules and expectations. Please review all documents and sign the last 2 pages and return them with your student back to school to their AFJROTC instructor by Wednesday, August 10, 2016. One form acknowledges receipt of this information and your understanding and the other form is a “Physical Fitness Waiver” form that is mandatory to be signed and returned in order for your student to participate in after-school activities and physical training. There is also a mandatory $20.00 activity fee, please make personal checks out to “BCHS” or pay cash to instructors. This fee is due no later than September 1, 2016.


Classroom supplies needed on back of page.


If you have any questions about AFJROTC or the information in this packet, please feel free to call me, Major Jason Huffman or TSgt Lorenzo Simpson at (706) 554-0059.







Jason R. Huffman, Maj, USAF (Retired)

Senior Aerospace Studies Instructor, GA-933



  1. General Information Letter
  2. Course Syllabus/Grading Criteria
  3. Classroom Rules
  4. Record/Receipt Form (sign and return)
  5. Physical Fitness Waiver (sign and return)Action: Please read and review all items in the packet. Please sign and return the “record/receipt form” and the “physical fitness waiver” along with the $20.00 activity fee.  School Supplies -
  6. All students will be responsible to ensure they are ready for classroom instruction each day. Each student is responsible to have:
  • Notebook paper, College Rule
  • Blue or black pen
  • #2 pencil
  • Notebook for notes
  • 1 can of black shoe polish
  • Cotton balls or polishing ragUniform Items
  • All cadets will be provided with a uniform, at no cost. Cadets will be provided with the following uniform items:
  • **Service coat**
  • **Service pants**
  • **Blue service shirt**
  • White “V” neck T-shirt
  • Black socks
  • Belt and belt buckle
  • Shoes
  • Physical training shirt
  • Physical training shorts(Service coat and pants are dry-clean only and are the responsibility of the student for cleaning) All Cadets must pay a non-refundable activity fee charge of $20.00. This fee helps to cover cost of physical fitness shirt and shorts and JROTC activities like field trips, Military Ball, and Awards Ceremony.Uniform Wear and Grooming Standards –                                                                   Action: Please read and review all items in the packet. Please sign and return the “record/receipt form” and the “physical fitness waiver” along with the $20.00 activity fee.
  • All cadets will be required to wear the AFJROTC uniform every Thursday. This is a major portion of the overall grade. Cadets will be expected to have a clean, neat uniform, shined shoes, and regulation military grooming standards, such as a regulation hair cut, fingernails, and a shaven face.
  • ROTC Activity Fees:
  • (Cadets must wear a white “V” neck only T-shirt under their uniform shirt)
  • **Only clothing items that must be returned**

Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.

Instill values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and sense of accomplishment.

Personnel and Resources
The Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps staff includes 31 headquarters’ personnel and more than 1,910 retired Air Force officer and enlisted military instructors. There are 870 Air Force Junior ROTC units with nearly 120,000 cadets in high schools across the United States and selected Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific and public schools in Puerto Rico and Guam. The Air Force plans to continue expansion efforts to 955 units by 2020 when funds are available. With the addition of new units, AFJROTC is expected to reach more than 135,000 cadets worldwide. 

Air Force JROTC provides leadership training and an aerospace science program for high school students. Secondary school students who enroll in the AFJROTC program are offered a wide variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities. The program explores the historic and scientific aspects of aerospace technology and teaches high school students self-reliance, self-discipline and other characteristics found in good leaders. The AFJROTC program is open to 9th-12th grade students who are citizens of the United States. The program is not a recruiting tool for the military services and those students who participate in AFJROTC do not incur any obligation to the Air Force. 

The objectives of Air Force Junior ROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill a sense responsibility; develop character and self-discipline through education and instruction in air and space fundamentals and the Air Force’s core values of “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.” 

Aerospace science comprises 40 percent of the curriculum, leadership education 40 percent, and health and wellness for life training 20 percent. All students who successfully complete AFJROTC classes are granted credit toward graduation. Classroom study includes the heritage of flight, principles of aircraft flight and navigation, human requirements of flight, development of aerospace power, aerospace vehicles, rocketry, space and technology programs, and the aerospace industry. Students are also introduced to military customs and courtesies, citizenship in the United States, first aid, wellness, health and fitness, basic drill and ceremonies, effective communications, management, human relations, and life after high school. All uniforms and curriculum materials are provided by the Air Force. 

To reinforce what is learned in the classroom, cadets participate in many outside activities such as field trips to military bases, aerospace facilities and industries, museums, civilian airports and other areas related to aerospace education. 

Cadets also participate in parades, leadership laboratory activities, civilian air rifle marksmanship programs, drill team competitions, color and honor guards, military balls, and honorary academic groups. Many AFJROTC units complement the curriculum through the cooperation and resources of organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Civil Air Patrol, and the National Endowment for Financial Education.

All AFJROTC instructors are retired Air Force commissioned and non-commissioned officers. The instructors maintain Air Force standards and are trained through the AFJROTC Academic Instructor Course. They are full-time faculty members of the participating high school and are employed by the local school board to teach AFJROTC classes. There are more than 1,910 instructors serving in the 870 units around the world.
Community Service 
Community service is a major part of the cadet experience and helps instill a sense of civic pride and citizenship. Projects range from working with national organizations like the March of Dimes, Muscular Dystrophy, the National Red Ribbon Campaign, and Special Olympics to participating in local community projects such as cleaning and refurbishing cemeteries, building parks, and sponsoring Little League baseball teams. In school year 2012-2013, JROTC cadets performed more than 1.56 million hours of community service.

Drug Abuse Prevention 
Cadets are also very active in drug abuse prevention education. The Awareness Presentation Team is a program designed to provide cadets as positive role models for elementary and middle school students. Cadets visit the younger students at their schools and present talks and skits in an effort to deter drug use and abuse. Active unit programs make presentations to thousands of students each year.

Scholarships and Other Benefits
AFJROTC cadets who choose to continue their education may receive special consideration for Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarships. Many of these scholarships will pay for two, three, or four years of tuition, books, and fees at numerous universities and colleges and allow cadets to pursue studies in various technical and non-technical majors. 

Cadets completing two years of AFJROTC and who continue ROTC in college may waive one term of the AFROTC program. Students completing three years in AFJROTC may receive credit for a full year of college level AFROTC.

In addition, cadets electing to enter the military immediately after graduating from high school are eligible to enlist in the services at one to two pay grades higher than other enlistees. Students completing three years in AFJROTC are eligible to enter the Air Force two pay grades higher than other enlistees and are automatically enrolled into the Community College of the Air Force to receive college credit toward their associate college degree.