I’d like to ask for a few minutes of your time to offer you a brief introduction to Chandler High School’s JROTC program. We are especially pleased to share this incredible opportunity with you as your son or daughter prepares to make the transition from junior high school to high school. Our mission is “To develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.” Our top priority is Academics!
Each AFJROTC class consists of three components:
Aerospace Science (AS), 2 hours per week
Leadership Education (LE), 2 hours per week
Wellness Program (WP), 1 hour per week
Air Force Junior ROTC stands for Reserve Officer’s Training Corps. JROTC is a citizenship program offered at 874 high schools worldwide that prepares young Americans to become outstanding citizens with a solid sense of direction for their lives.
If a student enrolls in JROTC in high school, there is never a military obligation. JROTC does not recruit for the Armed Forces; in fact, less than 4% of the 121,000 High School JROTC cadets enlist in the military after graduation. With most enrolling in college. JROTC emphasizes “life skills” and citizenship, which will help students long after high school.
Our cadets learn the type of discipline, leadership, and social graces that allow them to acquire a finely-tuned body and mind. They are taught valuable time and stress management skills as well as note taking and study/test taking techniques. Completing the JROTC program is no easy task; but, for those who have the drive and the passion to succeed, JROTC is the gateway to building a successful career through diligent preparation that must start in high school.
Since 2002, Chandler High School JROTC has been developing high quality citizens of character who are dedicated to serving their school, community, and nation. Some of the best and brightest Chandler High students have completed the JROTC program while earning their high school diplomas. These graduates have gone on to become successful, productive community members, military members, and college students. In fact, we are very proud of our 100% JROTC Senior class graduation rate.
Today, this long-standing tradition continues at Chandler High School. JROTC offers students a chance to challenge themselves more than they ever thought possible.
Our commitment is first and foremost to helping cadets succeed as students. In the corps, cadets gain access to resources that can help them excel academically. In fact, as rising juniors, cadets have the opportunity to register for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related (CP) Program, IB/CP.
Through the Corps of Cadets, students have the opportunity to excel as a leader while participating in a premier values-based program. All programs in the Corps are cadet initiated, planned, led, executed, and documented, providing them the opportunity to operate and learn at the “ownership” level.
The JROTC wellness program is designed to develop leaders of character who are physically and mentally tough by engaging cadets in activities that promote and enhance a healthy life style, physical fitness, movement behavior, and psychomotor performance.
Successful completion of three semesters of JROTC fulfills the Chandler High School graduation requirement for PE (physical education).
The shared experiences of cadets creates lifelong bonds. JROTC introduces students to a diverse section of the student body, perhaps many of whom they will remain in contact with long after graduation.
We understand that you, as parents, play an important role in guiding your children through life’s decisions, offering the benefits of your wisdom and experience.
We want these decisions to be informed decisions for both you and your child. Accordingly, we hope that you’ll consider encouraging your son or daughter to enroll in JROTC through their high school counselor; we are confident you’ll be glad that you did.
If you have any questions, we’ll be happy to provide you with the answers you need to make an informed decision. Please feel free to call me or Master Sergeant Goodson at (480) 224-3987 and/or check us out on the web at www.chandlerrotc.com.
GARY D. JONES, Lt Colonel, USAF
Senior Aerospace Science Instructor
Department Chair, Aerospace Science