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AFJROTC (FL-20091)

Wekiva High School
2501 N. Hiawassee Road

Apopka, Florida 32703

(407) 297-4900




The mission of Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is to “develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community."

The objectives of JROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals. 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


Community Projects

In an effort to produce well-informed and helpful citizens, AFJROTC encourages its cadets to get involved in their local communities. This is one of the most interesting and fun aspects of the AFJROTC experience. The number, type and size of cadet community projects are limited only by their imagination. Units perform as a team as they coordinate everything from car washes to candy sales and Jog-A-Thons. Any proceeds from these fund-raising activities benefit the unit. Many cadets also volunteer their time to support local non-profit events. Some of these organizations include the March of Dimes, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Special Olympics. Cadets have worked to clean and rebuild parks, sponsor little league teams and work with the visually and mentally impaired.


Programs and Operations

The AFJROTC program enrolls approximately 103,000 cadets, employs more than 1,600 instructors and operates units in 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, and Guam. AFJROTC units are located within host high schools, public and private, and, by law, the program is limited to students in grades 9 – 12. AFJROTC instructors are employees of the host school.



Wekiva High School's Inaugural AFJROTC cadet program competed at the 22nd Annual First Coast AFJROTC Invitational Drill Competition on January 16, 2010, at NB Forrest High School in Jacksonville, FL.


They won in the following categories, competing against 6 other High Schools across North and Central Florida: 

 1) 1st Place: Drill Team, New Cadet Regulation Drill

2) 1st Place: New Cadet Drill Team Commander, Cadet/2nd Lieutenant Joseph Nickels

3) 1st Place Overall: New Cadet Drill Team


In the Individual Drill Routine competition Cadet/Staff Sergeant Jeremy Vanderpool, Drill Team NCO, came in 4th Place.


The Color Guard was commanded by Cadet/2nd Lieutenant Jordan Atencio and performed exceptionally well in competing in the Color Guard Competition with seasoned and well-established JROTC programs.


The Cadet Squadron Commander, Cadet/Major Carlos Maldonado was present and competed with the Color Guard as a rifleman.


Their respect, maturity, and confidence represented Wekiva High and our faculty well. They look forward to the next opportunity in February to compete again.