Sanderson High School AFJROTC

Winner of 15 Consecutive HQ AFJROTC designated Distinguished Unit Awards: 2002-2017



    Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) can track its heritage to a program founded in 1911 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, by Army Lt Edgar R. Steevers. Lieutenant Steevers was assigned as an inspector-instructor of the organized military of Wyoming. During his assignment, he envisioned a noncompulsory cadet corps comprised of high school students. His program was aimed toward making better citizens.

    The National Defense Act of 1916 authorized a junior course for non-college military schools, high schools and other non-preparatory schools. The Army implemented JROTC in 1916. Public Law 88-647, commonly known as the ROTC Vitalization Act of 1964, directed the secretaries of each military service to establish and maintain JROTC units for their respective services. The first Air Force JROTC programs were opened in 1966.

    "(The) purpose of Junior Reserve Officer' Training Corps [is] to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment." (10 USC Sec 2031)

    Air Force JROTC (AFJROTC) is a continuing success story. From a modest beginning of 20 units in 1966, AFJROTC has grown to 879 units throughout the world, with 102,000 cadets. The AFJROTC program positively influences our country by helping one student at a time. Comprised solely of active duty Air Force retirees, the AFJROTC instructor force is helping to form tomorrow's nation by educating proud and patriotic cadets.

    Sanderson High School's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is an elective course designed for students interested in building self discipline, leadership skills, and time management skills. Activated in July 1993 as NC-939, Sanderson AFJROTC's mission is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.

    The corps consists of a number of curricular and cocurricular activites including: the Drill Team, the Color Guard Team, and Kitty Hawk Air Society. We also host a number of annual social events such as Sports Day and the Military Ball. AFJROTC provides a great opportunity for students to challenge themselves, meet new individuals, and build friendships while having fun in the process. 

    Unlike most high school classes, the students are the ones in charge of running the program. In AFJROTC IV's curriculum, Management of the Corps, the senior cadets plan, organize, and manage all the events and competitions our corps undertakes. Throughout the duration of AFJROTC, students learn responsiblity, initiative, and independence.