FL 20024 AFJROTC Squadron
Eustis High School
1300 E. Washington Avenue
Eustis, FL 32716
Anthony Wise, Major, USAF (ret), Senior Aerospace Science Instructor
Davis E. Watkins, SMSgt, USAF (ret), Aerospace Science Instructor
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We welcome your son or daughter to the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program. The mission of AFJROTC is to "Develop Citizens of Character Dedicated to Serving Their Nation and Community ". Our objectives are: to instill values of citizenship, community service, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment in our high school students/cadets. This is not a military recruitment class and there is no military service obligation for taking this course. Course material includes Aerospace Science (Aviation History through Survival), Leadership (to include drill & ceremony), and health/wellness training. Student participation in all aspects of the class including drill and health/wellness are the keys to success in JROTC. Classes may have guest speakers and/or go on field trips related to the subject material.
Please note that the all cadets are required to wear the Air Force uniform on Wednesday each week (note: the day may change for field trips or short weeks). Your child will be issued an Air Force (AF) uniform after the second week of classes (at the end of the first week for upperclassmen). The uniform is loaned to each cadet but there is a $20 lab fee to help defray some incidental costs where funding is limited or is not provided (unit patches for example). We need to have all forms signed and the lab fee turned in by the end of the second week of class to expedite uniform issue. If there are financial issues with the lab fee please contact either instructor or have your son/daughter meet with them. The fee should not deter them from participation. Wearing of the uniform is a critical part of the class. The cadets must wear and maintain their uniform according to established guidelines. Please note that haircut/ hairstyle for men and women must also meet AF personal grooming standards all day. Shirts are required to be buttoned and tucked in at all times. Mixing and matching of uniform items with any civilian clothing is strictly prohibited (including footwear). Please note that students are allowed to fully change out after the last bell of the day. Cadets should notify the instructors if they have a gym class. Students participating in gym are expected to change back into the uniform after their class (except for 7th period classes). Cadets are expected to abide by dress and appearance standards beginning the second week of classes. Failure to wear the uniform and to meet and maintain appearance standards will result in a failing grade and/or removal from the class. Lost or damaged uniform items may result in a charge to the student. Replacement costs range from $10.00 for a hat to over $300.00 for the entire uniform. Strict inventory control is maintained at all times. Students failing to turn in all the uniform items or pay for replacement of damaged/lost items will be placed on the school's debt list. This may affect their ability to participate in extracurricular activities if not cleared.
Sergeant Watkins and I are enthusiastic about being able to provide this opportunity to your son/daughter. We welcome and encourage you to visit our classroom and outside drill exercises at any time with an appointment. . Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at 357-4147 ext 1447. Thank you for your support of the Eustis AFJROTC program.
ANTHONY WISE, Major USAF (ret)
Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, FL-20024