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Welcome to AFJROTC

The JHS Air Force JROTC program is a citizenship course designed to “develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.” The curriculum consists of Aerospace Studies, Leadership Principles, and Health and Wellness. In addition, students choosing to join the military services after graduation may join at a higher pay grade with a certificate of completion from the JROTC instructor. Students may also compete for college ROTC scholarships.

Click here to learn more about the many activities we offer to our cadets, including drill team, color guard, saber team and more.

AFJROTC teacher leading class
Meet Our Staff

Bob Benning, Colonel, USAF (Retired)

Senior Aerospace Science Instructor

Click here to read Col. Benning’s Bio

Christopher Manley, Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired)

Aerospace Science Instructor


Jeffersonville High School is committed to providing support to families of service members and veterans. If you are a military family and need assistance, please contact our Point of Contact, Col Bob Benning, at You can also contact one of the school counselors. 

We appreciate the sacrifices our families make each and every day. Jeffersonville High School is committed to serving students of our military heroes and supporting them both emotionally and academically.

Click the link below to learn more.

Questions/Answers on AFJROTC

JROTC stands for Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. It is a military regulated high school program whose purpose is to educate high school students in leadership roles while making them aware of the benefits of citizenship. The mission of JROTC is to motivate young people to become better American citizens.

No. Students who enroll in JROTC don’t join the military. They take a JROTC class for which they receive credit.

No. There is no commitment to serve in the armed forces if a student goes through the high school JROTC program.

NO! We do not recruit for the Armed Forces. Less than 4% of the 121,000+ High School JROTC students enlist in the military after graduation. However, some of our students do elect join one of the military services. If they do join, they enter the service with an accelerated promotion which means an immediate pay raise.

JROTC instructors are retired from active military service. They are certified to teach JROTC in accordance with published standards from each of the military services (Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force).

No. The JROTC course is a leadership and character education program that does not rely on harsh discipline techniques like a boot camp.

By instilling discipline, respect for self and authority, accepting responsibility, being accountable for their actions, and learning to work as part of a team.

Leadership, Citizenship, Organizational Skills, Self-Discipline, Team Building Skills, Leadership Ethics, Respect/Courtesy, Punctuality/Grooming, Drill, Physical Fitness, Managing Peer Pressure, Stress Management, Service Learning, Economics, Overcoming Adversity, Military History, Personal Finance, Character Values, Personal Fitness, Test Preparation, , Self Esteem.

Life skills! The development of your personal potential, the enhanced ability to communicate with others, the knowledge and ability to coordinate varied activities, the focused skills to plan, organize and lead group activities and the knowledge and skills to motivate and bring a team together will give the student a distinct advantage in college and beyond. Every student is capable of doing well in this program if they simply cooperate, follow instructions, pay attention in class, read the material, and study a little.

For every year in the program, students will receive 1 year of elective credit towards meeting graduation requirements.  Additionally, for every year in the program, cadets will receive 1 semester of Physical Education credit.

Students in JROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and “live” situations. For instance, a JROTC cadet might be found leading classmates in and outside the classroom.

Uniforms and training materials are provided by the program, as is transportation of cadets to competitions or trips. Cadets are expected to pay for dry cleaning their uniforms. An annual Dining Out and Military Ball are held and costs vary.  Cadets accomplish one fundraiser a year.

JROTC uses drill and ceremonies as a welldefined, relatively easy to master training tool. This tool issued to teach and develop teamwork, leadership, instructional skills, attention to detail, bearing, respect for authority and for others, responsibility, and endurance.

Yes. After being issued a uniform in the beginning of their first year, cadets are required to wear the JROTC uniform once a week on uniform day. The uniform is provided by the Air Force. The uniform consists of a pair of trousers, shoes (must be shined), black socks, two shirts, a lightweight jacket, a service coat, a blue belt, a flight cap, and a number of other uniform pieces that make the uniform complete. Cadets earn their rank and awards to put on their uniforms. It is considered an honor to wear the uniform and cadets wear it with pride. Members of JROTC teams may wear the uniform more often for events and competitions. Cadets who earn the privilege may also wear the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU).

Students wear the uniform to instill discipline and display pride in being part of the JROTC program. Any additions to the uniform are ranks and awards that are earned by the individual cadet.

Yes. There are regulations about the personal appearance of cadets, wearing of the uniform, and how to address the other military personnel and cadets. For example, males are not permitted to wear an earring while in uniform, and females are only allowed one pair of earrings. On uniform day, males must have their hair not exceed past the ears, and female cadets must have their hair no longer than the bottom of the collar.

There are many awards that cadets can earn for participation and achievement in the program. The cadets earn ribbons on a semester basis and at the end of the year, there is a formal Awards Ceremony. Awards may also be earned during cadet competitions with the Drill Team or PT Team.

In JROTC, being a leader means first being a good follower. The curriculum teaches all aspects of being a good follower and being a good leader. Cadets must learn and understand the leadership traits of a good leader. The program encourages cadet involvement leadership opportunities.

If you want to be in the program, sign up for the class or let your counselor know you want to join JROTC (listed as Aerospace Science classes).  Any student can start JROTC in high school. Eighth-grade students are able to sign up when scheduling their ninth-grade high school classes. Current high school students are able to sign up when scheduling their classes.

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