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About Us


Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) is a citizenship program for students in the ninth through twelfth grades that encourages students to get involved in their local communities to produce well-informed and helpful citizens. Program curriculum includes aerospace related academic instruction and leadership training. The cadet group is managed and operated by cadets affording them opportunities to learn/develop leadership skills and how to direct activities. Each year's Aerospace Science course work relates to a different theme, i.e. The Science of Flight, The Exploration of Space, Global Studies, and a Journey into Aviation History. To enhance classroom learning, students participate in extracurricular and social activities such as field trips, drill teams, honor guards, model rocketry, Military Balls and Cadet Leadership Course (summer program).


The mission of AFJROTC 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, space exploration, leadership, and health and wellness.

Curriculum opportunities include:

  • Academic studies

  • Character education

  • Life skills education

  • Leadership opportunities

  • Team-building experiences

  • Intramural competition

  • Field trips

  • Training opportunities

Information about KHS AFJROTC

The California 20053d Air Force Junior ROTC (CA-20053 AFJROTC) Group at Knight High School has been an important part of the campus since 2005 by agreement between the Antelope Valley Union High School District and the United States Air Force.  We are a Distinguished Unit.


The AFJROTC program enrolls KHS students and employs 2 instructors who are retired from active duty in the U.S. Air Force. The CA-20053 AFJROTC is located at Knight High School and the program has students in grades 9 – 12. AFJROTC instructors are employees of the Antelope Valley Union High School District.

  • High School benefit:

    • First two years count towards 2 years of PE credit.

      • Take AFJROTC instead of PE (9th)

      • Take AFJROTC instead of PE (10th)

      • Using these substitutions allow students to keep their elective classes available.

  • Post-high school benefits:

    • Life-long skills

      • Leadership/followership skills

      • Communication skills

      • Organizational/time mgmt. skills

      • Individual/group behavior

      • Management skills

      • Citizenship

    •     Scholarship opportunities (officer)

    •     Accelerated rank (enlisted)

Community Projects:

In an effort to produce well-informed and helpful citizens, AFJROTC encourages cadets to get involved in their 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 Adopt-a-Plane washes to cookie dough sales and from blood drives and canned food drives to recycling drives.

Many cadets also volunteer their time to support local non-profit organizations.


Department Chair:  Major Conrad Hernandez, USAF (Ret)

Administrative Supervisor: Ms. Andrea Wells

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