ROTC

ROTC

Col. Michael Port, USAF (Retired)
Aerospace Science Instructor
portmi@danbury.k12.ct.us
           MSgt. Barry Brown, USAF (Retired)
Aerospace Science Instructor
brownb@danbury.k12.ct.us



Air Force Junior Reserve Office Training Corps (AFJROTC) is a citizenship program for high school students in the ninth through twelfth grades. Although it has many similarities to college-level ROTC, AFJROTC is not a military entrance program. Students are not recruited into the military. AFJROTC encourages its students to get involved in their local communities to produce well-informed and helpful citizens. Each year’s Aerospace Science course work relates to a different theme. Examples include: A Journey into Aviation History, The Science of Flight, and The Exploration of Space. To enhance classroom learning, students participate in extracurricular and social activities such as field trips, drill teams, honor guards, model rocketry, and evening functions. All ARJROTC courses also include a Wellness and Physical Fitness component each week.

All Aerospace courses are open to both boys and girls, are elective, and are options for other elective courses. All Aerospace students are required to wear the AFJROTC uniform (provided free with a small security deposit) once per week and they are required to maintain certain minimum grooming standards. Failure to comply with either requirement will result in course failure and removal from the program.

All Aerospace classes meet once per day. Forty percent of the course deals with military and leadership training, physical fitness, and wellness. Forty percent is devoted to aerospace academic studies. Twenty percent is based upon preparation and participation in the Wellness and Physical Fitness component.

All Aerospace students are expected to participate in extra and co-curricular activities. Clubs and teams usually meet once or twice per week between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. On occasion, there is the possibility of an overnight field trip. All Aerospace students are expected to participate in the annual Memorial Day parade, Military Awards Banquet, Military Ball, and Dining-in.

Courses

 
























































SPACE (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12


In this course, students explore and conduct experiments in rocketry, space systems, propulsion systems, and space travel. Students also learn and apply the principles of systems engineering and the scientific method to complete a long-term group project in model rocketry. Forty percent of this course consists of advanced Leadership Laboratory applications (management of the corps of cadets), review of military customs and courtesies, and public speaking, as well as physical fitness and wellness. All Aerospace courses are taught on a rotating, annual basis with students earning one credit for each class over four years.

 

AEROSPACE CULTURAL STUDIES (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12
(Scheduled for 2017 – 2018)

In this course, students examine how various cultures are affected by developments in science and technology. They also explain the physical principles of energy use and how energy affects global relationships. Each of the following regions of the globe is examined: the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Russia & former Soviet Republics, Latin America, and Europe. Forty percent of this course is Leadership Laboratory with emphasis on advanced management techniques in flight and squadron leadership, running a military organization, public speaking, and command responsibility, as well as physical fitness and wellness. All Aerospace courses are taught on a rotating, annual basis with students earning one credit for each class over four years.

 

AEROSPACE HISTORY (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12
(Scheduled for 2018 – 2019)

In this course, students explore topics concerning the aerospace age to gain an overall view of the aerospace industry. The course covers the history and early pioneers of man’s efforts into aviation and space. It also takes a look at the aerospace community and its various components, with specific attention paid to civil aviation and the organization for national defense. It examines the physical principles of flight and the overall effect of scientific and technological developments of airpower and space power on warfare and on society. Forty percent of the course consists of Leadership Laboratory dealing with the fundamentals of military drill, customs and courtesies of the service, self-discipline, and citizenship training, as well as physical fitness and wellness. All Aerospace courses are taught on a rotating, annual basis with students earning one credit for each class over four years.

 

AEROSPACE SCIENCE (COLLEGE PREP) 9-12
(Scheduled for 2019 – 2020)

In this course, students investigate the theory of flight, navigation, aerospace environment, and human requirements of flight. Forty percent of the course consists of intermediate Leadership Laboratory, speech communications, and command voice and military drill, as well as physical fitness and wellness. All Aerospace courses are taught on a rotating, annual basis with students earning one credit for each class over four years.