Commentary: Consider making positive impact on youth through AFJROTC

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  • By Col. Bobby Woods, Air Force Junior ROTC

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFRNS) -- After a successful military career, many dedicated Air Force leaders find it difficult to hang-up the uniform for good. Our military lifestyle of team work, discipline, dedication, hard work, and the experience of living our core values are ingrained into who we are.


Those qualities, which are distinctive with Air Force retirees, are needed in high schools and in Air Force Junior ROTC.  


As our society changes and the challenges facing our nation become more evident, the demand and need to mentor our youth has never been greater. They truly are the future of our great nation. More than ever before, negative influences often outweigh the positive. High school is where these young adults start to solidify the patterns, attitudes, and actions that carry forward into adulthood. We all know that one bad choice in the early stages of adulthood can be the difference between a successful and productive life and a life that fails to achieve all that is possible. Our youth need positive leaders, mentors, teachers and role models to help prepare them to make good decisions in life and become productive citizens and leaders for our nation.      


AFJROTC is a Title 10 U.S. Code citizenship program for students in the 9th through 12th grades.   Our program has nearly 900 units operating in high school locations world-wide. There are more than 120,000 high school cadets in the program and over 1,950 retired Air Force officer and enlisted professionals who lead, mentor, guide, and teach our cadets. AFJROTC enjoys overwhelming support from schools and communities because of the huge positive impact on cadets, schools, and communities. In hundreds of American communities with no nearby military bases, the cadets and instructors of AFJROTC are truly “the face of the Air Force.”


If you want to continue to serve and make positive impacts in the lives of our nation’s high school students, then please consider applying to be an AFJROTC instructor. We are always seeking highly motivated retirees in the ranks of major to colonel and technical to chief master sergeant with an undergraduate degree and who have a passion for mentoring youth.


We have vacancies across the nation and overseas for both officers and enlisted. If you are interested or want more information about the program, please visit our webpage at


Thank you for your service to our great nation and for considering Air Force Junior ROTC.  (Courtesy of AFJROTC)