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High School AFJROTC Program Shapes Students' Lives

The CO-062 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) at Westminster High School (WHS) has been training cadets in Westminster since 1971. The objectives of AFJROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility and character, self-discipline and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.

This program is grounded in the Air Force core values of Integrity First, Service before Self, and Excellence in all we do.

The WHS AFJROTC is unique in that it is the only high school program in Colorado that allows students from other school districts to enroll in the elective courses at WHS. 

Freshman Cadet Airman, Willow Wilson calls the AFJROTC at WHS “a family.” Willow hopes to join the Air Force Academy when she graduates high school.

While the AFJROTC at WHS is not a recruitment program for the Air Force, they implement a military-style education system that teaches a gambit of valuable skills for young adults such as: dressing in professional clothing, how to conduct oneself during an interview, discipline and teamwork. 

If AFJROTC cadets choose to follow a college or military path after graduation, schools like the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University Fort Collins offer ROTC programs with full-ride scholarships. Cadets who complete the AFJROTC program also have an advantage over other applicants for military academies such as the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. If cadets choose to go straight into the military after high school and have completed two or more years in the AFJROTC program, they will receive a certificate of completion. Most branches of the military honor this certificate by offering cadets a higher pay grade upon completion of boot camp.

Watch the What’s Up WPS exclusive video above to learn more about the opportunities that become available when students join the AFJROTC program at WHS.