Air Force JROTC

  • Program Description

    • Under Title 10 United States Code, the program is a citizenship program and not chartered as a recruiting program for military service
    • Provide citizenship training and aerospace science programs
    • Wide variety of curricular and co-curricular activities
    • Explore the historic and scientific aspects of aerospace technology 
    • Teach students self reliance, self discipline, and other leadership skills
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concepts

    Program Location:

    Maricopa High School

    Median Salary Range:



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


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


    • Educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills
    • Promote community service
    • Instill a sense of responsibility
    • Develop character, leadership, and self-discipline through education and instruction in air and space fundamentals
    • Instill the Air Force’s core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.


    Curriculum consists of aerospace science (40 %), leadership education (40 %) and health and wellness studies (20 %). Students who successfully complete classes are granted credit towards graduation. Aerospace science 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, aerospace industry, cultural studies of major world regions and cyber technology. STEM curriculum is introduced to help students better understand science-and math-related curriculum, improve critical-thinking skills, and prepare cadets to be more competitive in the 21st century. Leadership education introduces students to military customs and courtesies, character education, citizenship in the United States, first aid, wellness, health and fitness, basic drill and ceremonies, critical thinking, effective communications, management, human relations and college and career readiness, preparing students for life after high school. AFJROTC units complement the curriculum through cooperation and resources of organizations such as NASA and Civil Air Patrol.

    Military Branches:

    Leadership Development Requirements:

    • Personal growth through academic advancement and team building
    • Participate in STEM related activities such as unmanned aircraft systems, CyberPatriot, Stellar Xplorers, rocketry, academic bowl and robotics
    • Participate in marksmanship, drill team, mentoring teams, color guard and others


    • Color Guard for Community Events
    • Presentation of Colors

    Advisory Board Members: 

    • Lucy Akers, Maricopa Blue Star Mothers
    • Brian Brown, Maricopa Police Department, SRO
    • Bryan Moore, American Legion
    • Gabriel Potter, American Legion Auxiliary
    • Eddie Rodriguez, Maricopa Fire Department
    • Denis Sommerfield, State of Arizona VFW, Maricopa VFW
    • Henry Wade, City of Maricopa, Council Member


    All AFJROTC instructors are retired Air Force commissioned and noncommissioned officers. The instructors maintain Air Force standards and are trained through the AFJROTC Junior Instructor Certification 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 nearly 1,900 instructors serving in approximately 870 units around the world.


  • Allen Kirksey

    Scott Burton

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