AFJROTC

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  1. mxdust

    mxdust New Member

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    Does anyone know if having completed four years of JROTC instead of just three years will look better on my application for the AFA?
     
  2. SCcandidate2015

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    AFJROTC is regarded the same as any other "activity." It's good that you did it, especially if you held a high position, but it's no better than having been the Beta Club President or something. Sure, a fourth year will be better than three, but I mean, if you want to do something else instead of AFJROTC, well then I don't see a problem in dropping the final year of it.
    Just remember that if you do drop your fourth year, make sure you have another activity to take its place. I did AFJROTC for four years, among other things.
     
  3. matt123456

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    He covered much of it. If you take 4 years of JROTC chances are, you WILL hold a leadership high in the core. I have a huge JROTC core 200+ kids and I am an AS-4 and I have a leadership position even though our core is big. Having something leadership wise in JROTC is the same thing as having a high position in Beta club 4h or Art club any other club.

    I would personally take JROTC though for the 4th year because think of all the awards you get. I already have like 10 ribbons from my 3 years = 10 awards + and the community service you could add to your resume. To add, there is daily PT in that class which could possibly prepare you for the AFA and , if I took 4h club or Art Club I would get like 1 or 2 awards instead of 15. I'm hoping to score some nicer ribbons this year like outstanding cadet or purple heart.

    Of course if you haven't taken AP classes or Pre-AP then trade JROTC for an AP.

    Low on EC, leadership, or awards? = Jrotc
    Low on AP classes = Take AP class
     
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    Is a nomination from an AFJROTC instructor the same as a nomination from an MoC? My instructor received a letter in the mail today describing the ROTC nomination process. It seems too good to be true to automatically have a nomination from my instructor.
     
  5. SCcandidate2015

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    Everyone needs to remember that EVERY JROTC UNIT IS DIFFERENT. They are almost 100% autonomous. The instructors at all the individual units have a lot of almost unabridged authority. There's hardly any standardization from unit to unit, at least with Air Force JROTC.

    When I started my senior year, I had twenty-one ribbons with something like 35 oak leaf clusters on various ribbons.

    matt123456 has ten ribbons from the same amount of time in JROTC. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that this is probably due not to being a bad cadet on his part, but just because, like I said, EVERY JROTC unit is different.

    I was part of a large corps of cadets, something like 272 or so, and I variously did duties between the no. 2 and no. 3 in command in my fourth year. Not every fourth-year cadet in my unit had a job, and not all of the ones who did, did their job well.

    This is why my advice to the original poster is to size up the unit for himself. If he decides that his particular experience in a fourth year of JROTC will be better for his appointment than quitting and doing something else his senior year, that's fine.

    My individual experience with JROTC was, overall, great. It taught me about duty, being punctual (something so much more vastly important than it seems), leadership and management (I make a distinction), and various other things.

    However, in my rather small county of 100,000 or so people, there are three public high schools, and all three have AFJROTC programs. I can tell you that by being a cadet at two (with my second being immensely better), and viewing the other at various times in community events and whatnot, that not all three are of the same quality. In my experience, this is mainly dependent on the instructors, the administration, and the facilities.

    If your JROTC unit is going to do more for you than a year of, say, Junior Civitans or something will, then do JROTC. If not, do the other activity. It all just depends on the individual case.
    Yes, it's true.
    ANYONE recommended by a SASI for the AFJROTC nomination or by a PAS for the ROTC nomination AUTOMATICALLY receives the nomination.
    Here's the catch:
    ONLY TWENTY of those nominated may be at the academy at any given time. So if there's already 10 at the academy, only UP TO 10 of those nominated this year may be appointed. Then take in to consideration how many people will be nominated (I'd be willing to bet hundreds), and your chances of being appointed FROM that nomination are SLIM.
    I am in line to receive this nomination this year (I'm pretty much doing nothing for it), but if I am appointed, I don't think it will be because of this nomination. It's just sheer numbers.
     

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