• Welcome to Air Force Junior ROTC NC-955

    "Simply the Best!"


    AFJROTC is an academic program sponsored by the United States Air Force with the mission to, "Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community."  Led by a retired USAF officer and Senior NCO, the program will give your student a unique opportunity to be mentored throughout their high school time to lead a life of integrity, service, and patriotism while having amazing experiences such as out of state field trips, summer camps, and drill competitions.  We have cadets from both Porter Ridge High School and Piedmont High School, as well as 8th graders from Piedmont Middle School, so students get to meet and interact with kids from across the area.  Please note that the program is neither boot camp nor combat training and is not a recruiting program for any military service.  There are advantages to taking AFJROTC should a cadet choose to join the military, but this discussion/decision belongs with you and your cadet; we will assist if asked.  Uniforms are provided at no cost and fundraisers offset the cost of field trips, so financial status is never a hindrance to participation.       


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    Major Chadrick Richardson is the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor (SASI), and teaches: 
    • Aviation History
    • Science of Flight
    • Exploration of Space
    • Survival
    • Management of the Cadet Corps
    • Drill and Ceremonies
    • Physical Fitness

     MSgt Catrina Colvin is the Aerospace Science Instructor (ASI), and teaches Leadership Education. Her courses include:

    • Traditions, Wellness, and Foundations of Citizenship
    • Communication, Awareness, and Leadership
    • Life Skills and Career Opportunities
    • Principles of Management
    • Management of the Cadet Corps
    • Drill and Ceremonies
    • Physical Fitness

    Cadets wear the provided Air Force uniform on Wednesdays.  We also participate in weekly Physical Fitness activities as part of our regular curriculum.

    New students are always welcome to join Air Force JROTC. Students can be involved in our numerous extracurricular activities and field trips should they desire. While there are advantages to taking Junior ROTC should you desire to pursue a career in the military, we are not recruiters. We can refer students should they seek guidance, but our mission is to build leaders and develop citizens. Advanced education is highly recommended if at all attainable.  Being a JROTC cadet makes students eligible for the following opportunities.

    • Chief of Staff Flight Academy Scholarship - 11th grade cadets are eligible to apply for this scholarship to attend a summer flight school at a partner college and recieve their private pilot's license between their junior and senior year of high school!
    • J100 Scholarship - JROTC cadets interested in attending the senior AFROTC in college may apply for this 4 year full-ride scholarship that covers tuition, $10,000 a year for housing, and a monthly stipend to any college they are accepted-that has AFROTC.
    • Advanced Enlistment - Cadets enlisting in the military may receive advanced rank (up to E-3) or career field preferences.
    • Air Force Academy Nomination - Because our unit is a Distinguished Unit Award winner, we receive an annual Air Force Academy nomination we can bestow on a cadet of our choice. 

    Our classes are blended, meaning that all grade levels may be attending a class section together.  Students are allowed to take only one semester each school year but, if in good standing, may be in our Reserves Program the opposite semester, allowing them to participate in all field trips and competitions.  Porter Ridge students will only be in our 3rd block and are between campuses.  


    For more information check out our Cadet Guide!  or email Maj Richardson at chadrick.richardson@ucps.k12.nc.us

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