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22 Aug 15

Dear Cadets

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to Ryan High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC Program.  Your commitment to the program will be exemplified throughout this school year as your instructors promote the goals of Ryan High School, our community and the United States Air Force.
“Building Better Citizens for America” is the primary mission of our school’s JROTC Program.  Our aerospace curriculum and community service projects are structured to emphasize opportunities for you to develop yourselves as citizens.  We support this through helping you develop personal traits such as integrity, teamwork, responsibility, ethics, self-discipline, and respect.  These traits will serve you well as you travel through your life here at Ryan High School.  
Congratulations on choosing a program with such high standards…I expect great things from each of you!  I firmly believe significant involvement in our AFJROTC program provides you with the tools to be a true citizen leader.
Best of luck this year!

Vernon Reeves

Department of Aerospace and Leadership

Ryan High School AFJROTC / TX-093

5101 E. McKinney Ave.

Denton Texas  76208

FOREWORD 22 Aug 15

The Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) unit, Texas 093 (TX-093), was established at Ryan High School by agreement between the Denton Independent School District and the United States Air Force.
The AFROTC curriculum consists of aerospace related academic instruction and leadership training.  The Senior Aerospace Science Instructor and the Aerospace Science Instructor are both retired Air Force personnel with over 46 years of combined Air Force experience.  Additionally, we have extensive backgrounds in professional education and Air Force testing.
Your cadet unit is managed and operated by cadet commissioned and non-commissioned officers.  By leading and managing the cadet organization, cadets learn leadership and management skills.  A person cannot grow and develop leadership skills without making mistakes.  We expect cadets to learn from their mistakes; other cadets learn through observation of their peers’ varying leadership styles and actions.
This Cadet Guide contains policy guidance, requirements, and rules of conduct for AFJROTC cadets at Ryan High School.  Every cadet is required to study this guide and will be held responsible for its contents on examinations.  Remember, it is only a guide and not a substitute for initiative, common sense, and good judgment.
Congratulations to each of you on your decision to enroll in the AFJROTC program.  We wish you success and personal satisfaction as members of Ryan High School’s TX-093 AFJROTC Cadet Unit.

David C. Lee

Col, USAF (Retired)

Senior Aerospace Science Instructor

Office #940-369-3242



The purpose of this Cadet Guide is to spotlight your personal responsibilities and obligations as a member of TX-093.  You will be expected to know and comply with the policies and procedures as outlined in this guide.  You should read, become thoroughly familiar with, and refer often to the information in this guide.

Cadets are expected to keep informed and to comply with all published unit orders and directions.  Ignorance of directives is not an acceptable excuse for failure to comply with their provisions.  When a cadet encounters situations not specifically covered by this guide or supplemental directions/instructions, they are expected to use good judgment and common sense.  If there are doubts about the meaning of the directive or order, cadets should request clarification from AFJROTC cadet leadership.  Further questions concerning AFJROTC academics or leadership training requirements may be referred to the appropriate Aerospace Science Instructor (ASI).
It is a cadet responsibility to keep this guide current and to make all changes for publication.  The overall success of the Ryan High School Cadet Corps this year depends on how well each individual accepts personal responsibilities and performs their assigned duties.  The Cadet Corps is dedicated to maintaining the high standards of excellence we have established at Ryan High School.  Individual efforts, attitude, and dedication will determine how successful we are in achieving our goals.
Hazing, embarrassing or any activity that degrades JROTC cadets is NOT in accordance with AFJROTC POLICY.  Hazing of a cadet in any manner will not be condoned at Ryan High School.  In addition, a punitive demerit system requiring cadets to “march off” or work off demerits will NOT be used to enforce cadet discipline.  Cadets violating regulations, uniform wear policies, or any other directive, will not be publicly reprimanded by higher-ranking cadets, in front of other cadets, or any other students.


The AFJROTC instructors will be notified of violators of this policy and will take appropriate action.
Cadet organizations will NOT require or allow initiation activities that include hazing or other activities that are degrading or embarrassing to the Cadet Corps.  The AFJROTC instructors will strictly enforce the hazing policy.

Air Force Core Values
Integrity first
Service before self
Excellence in all we do

I am an Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet.

 I am connected and faithful to every Corps of Cadets who served their community and nation with patriotism.

 I earn respect when I uphold the Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do.

 I will always conduct myself to bring credit to my family, school, Corps of Cadets, community, and to myself.

 My character defines me. I will not lie, cheat, or steal. I am accountable for my actions and deeds.

 I will hold others accountable for their actions as well.

 I will honor those I serve with, those who have gone before me, and those who will come after me.
 I am a Patriot, a Leader, and a Wingman devoted to those I follow, serve, and lead.

 I am an Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet.

The Air Force Song

Off we go into the wild blue yonder,

Climbing high into the sun;

Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,

At 'em boys, Give 'er the gun! (Give 'er the gun now!)

Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,

Off with one helluva roar!

We live in fame or go down in flame. Hey!

Nothing'll stop the U.S. Air Force!


We will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.”

1. A Cadet Does Not Lie: Making partially true statements which omit information causing another to believe something other than the truth is the same as telling a lie.

2. A Cadet Does Not Cheat: Giving unauthorized assistance either outside or inside the classroom is the same as cheating.
3. A Cadet Does Not Steal: Unlawfully taking or receiving another’s property is the same as stealing.

AFJROTC TX-093 Cadet Goals, SY 2015-16

Cadet Goals

1. 60 percent of cadets will pass all their classes first semester.

2. 30 percent of cadets will be active in AFJROTC activities.

School Goals

1.  Co-host 6 school activities.

2.  Will have JROTC teams do bi-weekly school beautifications.

Community Goals

1.  Donate 10 percent of Drill Meet proceeds to Denton Animal Shelter by October, 2015.

2.  2000 Community Service hours by the end of March, 2016

Table of Contents





Mission and Objectives of the AFROTC Program



Admission, Transfer, and Disenrollment of Students



General Information



Conduct and Military Courtesy



Personal Appearance and Wear of the Uniform



Uniform Requirements



Clothing and Equipment Accounts



Saluting Rules



Co-Curricular Activities



Cadet Promotions



Organization of the Texas-093 Cadet Corps



Job Descriptions



Awards and Decorations



Letter Jacket & Exceptional Cadet Recognition Policy



Certificates of Training and Completion



Unit Staff Meeting Procedures


Atch 1

Flight Drill Sequence


Atch 2

“My” Chain of Command


Atch 3

TX-093 Organizational Chart


Atch 4

JROTC Badges


Atch 5

JROTC Insignia


Atch 6

USAF Rank (officer and enlisted)


Atch 7

Male Headgear


Atch 8

Female Headgear


Atch 9

ABU Wear


Atch 10

Lightweight Blue Jacket


Atch 11

Male Service Dress


Atch 12

Female Service Dress


Atch 13

Male Blue Shirt


Atch 14

Female Blue Shirt


Atch 15

Course Syllabus:  1st-3rd Year Cadets


Atch 16

Course Syllabus:  4th Year Cadets


Atch 17

Cadet 7-year Curriculum Plan


Atch 18

Corps Commander Selection Matrix (example/sample)


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1. The AFJROTC mission is to "Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.”
2. The Goals of AFJROTC are to Instill values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and sense of accomplishment. The AFJROTC program is grounded in the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. The curriculum emphasizes the Air Force heritage and traditions, the development of flight, applied flight sciences, military aerospace policies, and space exploration.
Curriculum opportunities include:

  • Academic studies

  • Character education

  • Life skills education

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Team-building experiences

  • Intramural competition

  • Field trips / training opportunities

3. Cadets who are actively involved in the JROTC program develop confidence, self-discipline, self-reliance, and learn to work together as a team.  In addition to the academic program teaching leadership and life skills, aerospace history, and aerospace science, the cadets also benefit from the following:

a. Leadership – The corps of cadets and the JROTC program is an active, on-going leadership laboratory.  Cadets have numerous opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills as they plan, organize, manage, lead and participate in community service projects, field trips, drill competitions, and other corps activities.

b. Credits – JROTC is an elective credit.  The first two years of JROTC may count as PE credits.  Additional years of JROTC are local elective credits.

c. Certificate of Completion – A Certificate of Completion is awarded for the successful completion of three or four years of AFJROTC.  This certificate will enable a cadet to enlist in any branch of the armed services at an advanced rank with increased pay and benefits.

d. Cadet Leadership Courses (CLC) – Each summer, cadets may attend one of two  CLCs.  Ryan High and Denton ISD recognize the benefit of these advanced leadership schools and award graduation credit for their completion.  Cadets who wish to compete to attend camps must be able to complete a 1-mile run within 10 minutes, 30 seconds maximum.  Description of schools is as follows:

(1) Brownwood Cadet Staff Leadership Course (CSLC):  is a secondary CLC located at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, hosted by a collection of high school AFJROTC units (including Ryan High School).  This camp is designed to support cadets preparing to run a Corps in their senior year in AFJROTC.  CSLC is normally scheduled for the second week after the school year is ended and lasts approximately 5.5 days.  Prerequisite:  Denton CLC.

(2) Denton Leadership Lab (CLC):  this is a basic school hosted by Denton High School (with support from both Guyer and Ryan High School JROTC).  This is a “day camp,” with cadets reporting in daily at 0545 hours (5:45am), finishing each day at approximately 1600 (4pm).  This camp will normally be scheduled for the week following DISD graduation, lasting 3-4 days.  Normally, this camp will be attended by cadets having just completed their first year in JROTC.

Selection Criteria for CLC/CSLC

  1. Cadets MUST wear uniform throughout the school year.

  2. Cadets MUST pass JROTC classes.

  3. Cadets MUST pass all core classes.

  4. Cadets MUST participate on an AFJROTC team.

  5. Cadets MUST participate in AFJROTC-sponsored community service events.

  6. Cadets MUST know how to perform/command all 30 drill commands (by the end of the school year.

1. To be eligible for and to participate in the AFJROTC TX-093 program, a student must be:

  1. Enrolled in a course of instruction at Billy Ryan High School.

b. A citizen or national of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.

c. Of good moral character.
d. Physically fit to participate in AFJROTC training. A cadet is considered physically fit if he/ she is qualified for the Physical Education (PE) Program.
2. TRANSFER:  Students who transfer from other JROTC units may receive full credit for training already received, with appropriate documentation from their previous unit.  It is the student’s responsibility to forward all documentation to the aerospace science instructors.
3. DISENROLLMENT:  A cadet may be dis-enrolled for any of the following reasons:
a. Failure to maintain acceptable course standards, including haircut, grooming, proper uniform wear, wear of the AFJROTC PT uniform, etc.
b. Ineptitude, indifference to training, disciplinary infractions, or reasons involving undesirable traits of character.
c. Failure to remain enrolled in school.

  1. Failure to maintain a passing grade in AFJROTC course work.

e. Insubordination toward JROTC cadet leaders or Billy Ryan High faculty / staff.


4. CADET RESPONSIBILITY:  Each cadet will abide by the rules and regulations of the Aerospace Science Department and accept responsibility for the proper care and maintenance of their uniform, textbooks, and any other AFJROTC equipment. Each cadet is also responsible for his or her debts. Failure to promptly pay cadet obligations may result in course failure and dismissal from the Corps.  

5. OFFICER/NCO RESPONSIBILITIES: A cadet OFFICER or NCO has special leadership responsibilities by virtue of their achievement in becoming a cadet officer or NCO. They are expected to set a positive example at all times in all actions. Among other general responsibilities to maintain rank/position, cadet officers and NCOs are expected to:
a. Take the initiative when leadership action on their part is needed to insure the unit mission is successfully accomplished.
b. Meet their financial obligations to the unit and the AFJROTC program promptly and completely.
c. Complete AFJROTC class and program assignments conscientiously.
d. Participate regularly in at least one after school co-curricular activity (cadet officers). See Chapter 9 for a listing of these activities.
e. Follow school and AFJROTC guidelines, setting the example for subordinate cadets.
Note:  Officers and NCOs who fail to wear their uniform at the designated time may lose their Corps position and/or be reduced in grade.

1. CADET BULLETIN BOARD: All cadets are required to read the unit bulletin board at least once each week. If your name appears on the bulletin board, you should place your initials beside it to indicate you read and understand the information pertaining to you. Cadet Officers and NCOs are expected to check the bulletin board every day they are scheduled for AFJROTC class.
2. PHYSICAL TRAINING: Emphasis is placed on physical fitness throughout the school year. Each cadet will be tested at least twice each year to determine physical fitness, normally at the beginning of the school year and again at the end of the second semester.  Results of this test will be a part of semester grades.  Additionally, cadets routinely participate in other physical activities, such as basketball, Air Force “tag,” soccer, etc.
3. ORGANIZATION:  The unit will be organized as one operational Group.
4. CHAIN OF COMMAND:  Within the Corps of Cadets, the chain of command is as follows:
a. Cadet Airmen report to their Element Leader, who report to the Flight Commander, who in-turn report to their Squadron Commander.

  1. The Deputy Group Commander will act on behalf of the Group Commander during the Group Commander’s absence.

c. See attachment 3 (pg 79) for the remainder of the chain of command.

5. TEXTBOOKS:  The textbooks used in the AFJROTC program are furnished to the cadets without charge.  All textbooks, hard back and paper back, are controlled items and must be safeguarded and accounted for.  Cadets who damage or lose their books will be required to pay for them.
6. 7. FLAG DETAIL: The Alpha Flight Commander is responsible for raising the flags at the start of the day and team commanders are responsible for bring the flags down at the end of the day. If the weather is inclement (bad), check with the SASI or ASI prior to raising or lowering the flags.  Do not go out into inclement (threatening) weather to lower or raise the flags.
7. REVEILLE AND RETREAT: A reveille or retreat ceremony may be held each semester. The Color Guard is responsible for raising or lowering flags during a reveille or retreat ceremony.
8. AFJROTC ACADEMIC PROGRAM: The Air Force Junior ROTC program is divided into three graded parts. The first part is called Aerospace Science and consists of classroom instruction on subjects pertaining to Aerospace Science. This course counts for 40 percent of the program. The second part is called Leadership Education and consists of drill, inspections, and four different leadership education textbooks. It counts for another 40 percent of each semester grade.  The remaining 20 percent comes from participation in the cadet Wellness program.  This program reflects the emphasis the Air Force has placed on physical fitness at the Air Force Academy, college ROTC, and throughout all basic training phases.  Cadets will be tested to the Presidents Fitness Program standards at the beginning of the first semester and the end of the second semester.  
Note: Cadets must have a parental signed/approved PT waiver on file to enable them to participate in our PT program.
9. COURSE LEVELS: A brief summary of the curriculum of each course level is listed below.
a. AEROSPACE SCIENCE I (AS I) covers the history of flight, the development of air power, and military aerospace policies. The Leadership portion of the course stresses fellowship and leadership fundamentals, customs and courtesies of the armed forces, drill and ceremonies, discipline, responsibility, and citizenship.
b. AEROSPACE SCIENCE II (AS II) is a general study of aeronautics and the principles of flight. Specific areas include the aerospace environment, human requirements of flight, principles of flight, basic meteorology, and navigation. The leadership portion covers communication skills, leadership theory, and individual/group behavior.
c. AEROSPACE SCIENCE III (AS III) studies our present military and aerospace systems and the social aspects of aerospace. In the Exploration of Space, the subject matter includes aircraft propulsion systems, rocketry, and space vehicles. The Leadership area explores various areas of life skills and hones the cadet’s fellowship and leadership skills.
d. AEROSPACE SCIENCE IV (AS IV) covers career opportunities in civilian and military aerospace. We will tailor a program for each cadet designed to prepare him or her for post-secondary or advanced vocational education.  The Leadership area gives special attention to leadership of cadet operations, activities, and special projects. * Corps management is the primary activity for “AS IV” cadets.
a. Leadership as defined by the Air Force is the “art of influencing and directing people in a way that will win their obedience, confidence, respect, and loyal cooperation in achieving a common objective”.  The principles and techniques of this art can be taught academically, but of little value to a cadet without practical application. AFJROTC training provides each cadet the opportunity to develop their leadership potential through practice and experience in a military organization setting.
b. In the Leadership Program, cadets learn about the organization and functions of an Air Force unit by participating in certain activities that closely simulate a typical Air Force unit. The individual cadets, as they progress through the ranks, will obtain direct experience in dealing with people. They will learn to appreciate the need for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and coordination. They will observe among their own classmates the difference between good and bad leadership techniques, thereby acquiring experience in evaluating the performance of others, and developing the ability to understand why one cadet succeeds and another fails.


a. Aerospace Science academics will normally be taught by the SASI.
b. Leadership Studies will normally be taught by the ASI.

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1. GENERAL:  Cadets are expected to be courteous and to conduct themselves as proper young ladies and gentlemen at all times while observing correct military bearing. This will reflect credit upon themselves, their parents, TX-093, Billy Ryan High School, and the United States Air Force. Cadets will not use abusive, vulgar, obscene, or profane language. Cadets will not annoy or harass other cadets with insulting, inflammatory, insinuating, or defaming remarks or obscene gestures. Cadets will not indulge in horseplay such as hitting, slapping, sparring, or wrestling that frequently develops into undesirable behavior.  

Cadets will not indulge in forms of physical contact such as “romantic”  HUGGING, KISSING, or EMBRACING (Public Display of Affection- “PDA”) within the confines of the AFJROTC area, while on any AFJROTC trip, or ANYWHERE WHILE IN UNIFORM. Cadets are expected to maintain high standards of conduct and behavior.
2.  MERIT AND DEMERIT SYSTEM:  This system is designed to reward cadets who excel and perform at a high level, but it also levies consequences for negative behavior or poor performance.  The cadet Command Chief Master Sergeant is responsible for monitoring this system and providing reports to cadet leadership.  The foundation is the use of the “341”.  This slip of paper is used to record both positive and negative behavior/actions.  Only Fight Commander’s and above may fill out a “positive or negative” 341.  Cadets should carry some of these forms with them at all times during school.  Any 341s written on a cadet will remain in effect for that entire school year.  Below is a list of resulting actions based on written 341s:

  1. 3 or more positive 341s:  Early promotion eligibility, or field trip priority, or free uniform inspection grade.

  1. 3 or more negative 341s (Enlisted Cadet):  Loss of 1 stripe, or loss of cadet staff position, or loss of promotion eligibility during the next cycle.

  1. 3 or more negative 341s (Cadet Officer):  Demotion to last Enlisted rank and removal of cadet staff position.

  1. Some reasons for positive 341s

  1. Helping another teacher.

  2. Helping an administrator or other school staff member.

  3. Performing volunteer work outside of JROTC.

  1. Some reasons for negative 341s

  1. Violating classroom rules

  2. PDA violations

  3. Uniform violations (No uniform at all is handled by the ASI)

  4. Other negative behavior

Cadet rank and/or leadership position may be earned back at the discretion of the ASI and SASI.

3. CLASSROOM PROCEDURES:  Classroom instruction begins with cadets standing at attention by their seats before the last bell. Tardiness will not be tolerated (see the school Student Handbook for tardiness penalties).  The Flight Commander and Flight Sergeant will be positioned in front of the class.  The Flight Sergeant will give the command, Flight, Attention and take attendance.  The Flight Sergeant reports flight status to the Flight Commander.  The Flight Commander will then have the flight recite the Air Force Core Values and the Cadet Honor Code.  The Flight Commander reports the flight status to the SASI or ASI. The SASI/ASI will take charge of the flight after the Flight Commander completes the daily briefing.  At the end of the period, the Flight Commander will call the Flight to attention and then dismiss the Flight. All cadets will remain attentive during class or may be directed to stand at attention at the rear of the classroom.  

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