Course DescriptionAEROSPACE SCIENCE I (ROTC) 9 10 11 12
The first year of ROTC is designed to acquaint the student with the historical development of flight, the role of the military in aerospace power, and contemporary aviation. “A Journey Into Aviation History” is reviewed from the ancient legends to the Space Shuttle, with a definite slant toward the evolution of military aviation. Students are given “hands on” training in building and flying rockets. Field trips may feature visits to Department of Defense installations and orientation flights on military aircraft. Leadership Education is the key to the ROTC program success in today’s high schools. It gives the student a firm foundation in character building, leadership, discipline, and citizenship development. Air Force core values of “integrity, service before self, and excellence in all that we do” are emphasized. Heritage, organization, and drill & ceremony traditions are taught, supplemented with a detailed study of the Cadet Guide and cadet instructions. A health, wellness, and physical fitness training period (Extreme Excellence Challenge – Wellness Program, known as E2C) is 20 percent of our contact hours, and adds a positive, increased rigor, “can-do” dimension to the curriculum. Cadets may voluntarily participate in after hours activities such as drill teams, color guard training, rocketry, and the like.
AEROSPACE SCIENCE II and III (ROTC) 10 11 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Aerospace Science I. Note: The AS-II/III syllabus is combined and “rotated” each year.
The second and third year academic curricula will feature a “Global and Cultural Studies” course. This is a multidisciplinary social studies program designed to acquaint the student with six regions of the world from a geographic, historical, and cultural perspective. It is “hands on” intended to engage the cadet in the learning process as opposed to the standard lecture format. “The Science of Flight” and “Exploration of Space” texts remain teaching options. Propulsion systems, guidance & control, and the forces of lift, drag, thrust, and weight --- effects of the atmosphere on flight, and physiological considerations are introduced. Students learn basic navigation, including map reading, course plotting, and wind compensation. The space travel section further discusses the development, use, and the future for artificial earth satellites and interplanetary probes. Leadership Education II and III emphasize preparing for leadership, communication and personal development, time management, building personal awareness, and developing life skills, . They also aggressively encourage seeking options in career opportunities, charting a financial course, mapping one’s future, and pursuing a career. Cadets become proficient in drill and ceremony, as they continue to learn cadet officer and NCO responsibilities. Second and third year cadets put learned skills into practice by filling key leadership positions in the corps. The Extreme Excellence Challenge (E2C) – Wellness Program continues as 20 percent of the AS-II & AS-III curricula, as we typically conduct physical training one day per week.
AEROSPACE SCIENCE IV (ROTC) 11 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Aerospace Science II and III.
Fourth year cadets are primarily in a leadership role. Their job is to successfully manage the cadet corps organizational structure, meet the unit mission, and achieve the established goals. They study management techniques and make command decisions within the group. Unit policies, procedures, forms, guidelines, checklists, and records are reviewed and updated. Awards, decorations, promotions, and disciplinary action are also integral to the leadership and management curriculum. The ROTC academic year calendar and various cadet functions are planned and carried out. Career options are investigated, choices made, skills developed, and plans formulated. The E2C wellness program is also 20 percent of the AS-IV curriculum.