Mira Mesa High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) is an organization for students interested in building self-discipline, obtaining leadership skills, learning life skills, and more. Aspects of the corps consist of drill teams, job positions similar to the ones in the Air Force, and annual social events such as Cadet Picnic, Street Fair and the Cadet Ball. This organization provides great opportunities to meet diverse individuals and build friendships while having fun in the process.
Contrary to most classes, students are the ones in charge of running the program. Our Senior Staff decides which fundraisers to do, organizes all events and competitions, and manages the teams. We have team commanders that choreograph original routines for teams to perform at events and competitions and flight commanders who teach drill movements to a class of 20-25 cadets. Students learn to become independent, to take the initiative and to stand out through their own personal experiences.
Joining AFJROTC comes with many benefits. It counts as PE credit but unlike a normal PE course, we do more besides suiting up and running. Every week each class(flight) goes outside to drill to build self discipline. Two days of each week is dedicated to Academics which is a class taught by the Aerospace Science Instructors. Students learn important life skills (how to communicate, impromptu/extemporaneous speeches, decision making, money management, etc.). Friday is always a Physical Training day when all cadets suit up and go to the field where they stretch, run and play sports. There are also many opportunities for community service throughout the year. Street Fair is the biggest community service event that nearly all cadets attend. We also have campus clean ups and perform odd jobs for other teachers and organizations. Cadets often develop strong bonds and deep ties with each other, especially those on teams.
Our teams (Armed Fancy Drill Team, Unarmed Fancy Drill Team, Sabre Team and Color Guard) are exclusively for cadets. Cadets must attend tryouts just like any other sport/team on campus.