That is exactly what Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) is focused on doing for more than 100 students each year. Leadership development is at the heart of the program's mission statement: To develop citizens of character, dedicated to serving their nation and community.
"It is a cadet-run Corps," said Colonel Richard Kniseley. "Master Sergeant Hope Sanders and I give them some guidance, but the cadets run it."
A healthy, spirited, and competitive atmosphere which highlights both individual and collaborative performance is a trademark of JROTC, and is one of the many reasons the program is able to produce such exceptional results while simultaneously developing outstanding leaders. "Competition is important because that is the way it is in the real world," said Colonel Kniseley.
|Drill is a way of life for AFJROTC cadets as it helps develop|
teamwork and build camaraderie as they march as a unit.
|As evidenced by these and many other trophies lining the walls of the classroom, the Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School AFJROTC program has a long-standing tradition of successful performances in state-wide drill competitions.|
|Last school year at the Sears Town Mall in Titusville, the AFJROTC cadets performed a special|
Color Guard presentation in honor of a Congressional Medal of Honor Award recipient.
"Because we do so many things together, we develop more of a family relationship than a classroom relationships," said Cadet Lt. Colonel Rivera.
Developing Flight chants is another unique aspect of the program. "They have to develop the chants themselves," said Colonel Kniseley. "Every Flight's chant is different. This is another way they develop their teamwork. They try to come up with a chant that is inspirational. They say it every day and it reflects who they are as a unit."
"I love Flight chants," said Cadet Senior Airman Thomas Sabo, a junior. "You and a Flight get to come up with a song, and it describes how you and your Flight are one. For me, my Flight chant gets me hyped up for class and for anything we do."
"The Military Ball is kind of like a prom, but it is just for JROTC," said Deputy Corps Commander Dylan Suttle, a senior. "There is great food, a ceremony, a guest speaker, and at the end we usually end up dancing and having fun."
|The Annual Military Ball gives cadets a chance to celebrate all of their accomplishments throughout the school year and enjoy an unforgettable evening of formal dining, fun dancing, and good times with friends.|
"By far, this is my favorite class of the day," said Deputy Corps Commander Suttle.
|During field days, cadets engage in a wide range of activities|
which highlight the importance of teamwork and determination.
|This motivational display in the JROTC classroom represents cadets past and present that have utilized their leadership skills to serve others. "Enter to Learn, Depart to Lead" reminds cadets why they need to give their best efforts every day.|
Potential recruits and parents or community members with questions can also make an appointment to speak with Colonel Kniseley (Kniseley.Richard@Brevardschools.org) or Master Sergeant Sanders (Sanders.Hope@Brevardschools.org) in Building 12 Room 118. They can be reached by phone at 321-638-0750 ext. 4225. Guidance counselors can also answer basic questions about the program.
To learn more about the nation-wide program, visit AFJROTC.
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