• The Marion High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (AFJROTC) is a citizenship training program designed to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill personal responsibility, character, and self-discipline. The program achieves this through classroom education in air and space fundamentals and hands-on learning opportunities in a number of fun and challenging extra-curricular activities.  Some of the activities you may be involved in are: Honor Guard/Color Guard, Flight Club, drones, and robotics.

    The criteria for determining eligibility to participate in Air Force Junior ROTC are:

    •   Be enrolled in and attend a regular course of instruction in grades 9 through 12 at a school hosting the unit.
    •   Be selected by the Air Force Junior ROTC instructor with the approval of the school principal or his/her representative.
    •   Maintain acceptable standards of academic achievement and an academic standing that warrants at least normal progression   leading to graduation.
    •   Maintain acceptable standards of conduct.
    •   Comply with specified personal grooming standards. Common sense and good judgment apply to the attainment of these standards. Standards will not be relaxed so as to reflect disgrace on the United States Air Force or Marion High School.

    *AFJROTC is not a U.S. Air Force recruitment program and cadets are never under any obligation to join the military. However, the program is grounded in the Air Force core values of “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.”

  • Prospective Air Force Junior ROTC Family

    Thank you for considering Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) for your loved one. AFJROTC is an incredible program and our mission is “To develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.”  Our program is completely voluntary and no student can be forced to take AFJROTC, but the support and  encouragement you give your student to “try” the program is incredibly important. There are a few important points we want to ensure are very clear to our families.

    1. If a student takes AFJROTC in high school, there is never any obligation to join the military.
    2. AFJROTC emphasizes “life skills” which will help students long after high school. 
    3. AFJROTC will help prepare your student for success following high school. 

    It’s important to know all JROTC programs are citizenship programs. They are not military recruiting programs and the citizenship charter is stated in Title 10 United States Code law. AFJROTC works to teach important skills and reinforce personal traits to help make your student successful in life, no matter what type of career they choose following high school. These life skills are based on the Air Force core values of “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.” Your student will learn important aspects of leadership, followership, adherence to personal appearance and grooming standards, proper uniform wear and will also have the opportunity to participate in some very exciting Leadership Development Activities to include to include the possibly of earning a scholarship to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Flight Academy where they get a chance to earn their private pilot certification. These activities reinforce the lessons they will learn in the classroom and provide them an opportunity to lead and learn among their peers. These activities are our “hands on” teaching tools and are a very fun and exciting way to reinforce the importance of team-work, service, positive attitude, hard-work, and positive image. AFJROTC is a place where a student will not only start to grasp important life lessons, but they will truly feel a sense of accomplishment, belonging, and pride that comes with teamwork and success.


  • Academics


    Aerospace Science studies include aviation history, science of flight, global and cultural studies, exploration of space, management of the cadet corps, aviation honors ground school, and survival.

    In the study of aviation history, cadets learn about the development of flight and the men and women who contributed throughout the centuries. The science of flight course allows cadets to become acquainted with the aerospace environment, weather, the human requirements of flight, and the principles of navigation. Space exploration equips cadets with the basic concepts of space and cyber.

    Both the science of flight and exploration of space courses complement material taught in high school math, physics, and other science-related courses.  These courses support the STEM initiative utilizing 21st Century learning concepts.

    Through global and cultural studies, cadets learn to see their world through many different perspectives, introducing them to world affairs, regional studies, and cultural awareness.


    Leadership Education includes studies of Air Force tradition, wellness, and foundations of citizenship, communication, awareness, and leadership, life skills and career opportunities, and principles of management.

    The leadership education courses offer cadets many opportunities to shape their lives. They’re introduced to the Air Force organizational structure, uniform wear, military customs and courtesies, flag etiquette, civics, and drill.

    Cadets also learn to think critically, develop effective communication and leadership skills, build personal awareness, create effective teams, and develop behaviors for becoming a credible and competent leader.

    They learn about the importance of charting a career path, how to create a personal budget and financial plan, how to write a resume, how to interview for a job, and how to apply for college.


    The objective of the Health and Wellness Program is to motivate cadets to lead healthy, active lifestyles beyond program requirements and into their adult lives. Physical fitness is designed to get cadets up and moving. The program allows cadets to push their personal limits, compete, and earn awards.

  • Extracricular Activities

    There are many opportunities for cadets to try a hand at other activities in JROTC. These activities include:

    • Honor Guard
    • Flight Club
      • Flight simulator
      • Drone opperations
    • Community service opportunities  
    • Leadership roles 
    • Military Ball committee
    • Military base tours

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  • Meet the Instructors

    • Master Seargent Edward Ellis
    • Major Michael Holt

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    Major Holt enlisted in the Air Force shortly after graduating high school in 1994.  He became an Air Force Security Forces (Military Police) member and stationed in Malmstrom AFB MT for his first duty station.  Major Holt recieved his commision in Febuary of 2005.  Major Holt's career spans 27 years, 10 assignments and 4 deployments. Major Holt  retired in September 1 2021 and was hired by Marion High School in July of 2022. Major Holt is married with 8 children.  

  • Scholarship Oppurtunies


    • J100 Scholarship
      • The J-100 AFJROTC Character-in-Leadership Scholarship program provides 100 cadets a full scholarship with benefits.

        · Four years of 100% paid tuition at any university, or crosstown partner, with an AFROTC detachment
        · A $10,000 per-year allowance for university-owned/on-campus housing
        · An annual book stipend, and a monthly cadet stipend.

        Accepting the scholarship will require a cadet to meet all AFROTC requirements and pursue an officer commission.

        The J-100 scholarship program focuses on character, leadership, citizenship, and diversity and it inspires future leaders to seek careers in the US Air Force and Space Force. The J-100 program is open to all eligible cadets and is designed to provide an extraordinary opportunity for our diverse pool of candidates. Unit instructors are highly encouraged to take advantage of this remarkable program.

        Nomination and Eligibility Details

        The J-100 scholarship is for AFJROTC or SFJROTC graduating high school seniors with a minimum of 2 or more years of JROTC experience. Unit instructors may nominate 1 to 3 eligible cadets for this scholarship program, based on unit size. Cadets must ACCEPT the nomination before they can continue with the application. Declinations will reset the unit nomination allocation to allow instructors to nominate another cadet.

        1-150 Active Cadets = 1 Nomination
        151-300 Active Cadets = 2 Nominations
        301 or More Active Cadets = 3 Nominations

        Applicant Eligibility Criteria:

        · 3.0 unweighted GPA
        · 22 ACT or 1100 SAT
        · 50 Physical Fitness Score
        · Minimum of 2 calendar years of AFJROTC experience
        · US Citizen, or in the process of obtaining their US citizenship by first term of college freshman year


        The application process starts with instructors nominating an eligible cadet(s). Nominated cadets must meet all minimum eligibility requirements in order to move forward with the application process. It is imperative that SASI/ASIs pre-screen potential candidates and consider well-rounded cadets who have demonstrated leadership, character, and citizenship in and out of JROTC. Certain modules in the application require instructor validation of cadet data input, so please ensure enough time is allotted for both instructor and cadet actions. No extensions will be granted to the application deadline.

        Instructors and potentially nominated applicants should review AFROTC’s university list. Nominated applicants are encouraged to start college application actions prior to the J-100 application deadline. This is critical, as any AFJROTC scholarship select must have a Letter of Acceptance from their school of choice to accept the scholarship.


    • Flight Academy
      • The Air Force JROTC Flight Academy is an approximately 8-week summer aviation training program, conducted at partnering universities nationwide. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a Private Pilot’s Certification. The Flight Academy is intended to inspire and encourage high school youth toward aviation careers. The scholarship program is a collaborative effort between the aerospace industry and the Air Force to address a national pilot shortage. Currently, Boeing predicts an annual need to hire 6,000 civilian pilots a year for the next 20 years. The military needs to quickly push that number over 8,000. 
      • The Flight Academy also addresses a secondary national issue of diversity. Aviation is one of the least diverse professions in industry. Currently, women make up less than 7% of pilots and minorities represent less than 12%. Air Force Junior ROTC currently has almost 100,000 cadets enrolled in high schools across the nation and is the Air Force’s most diverse program. Minorities represent 58% of the Air Force Junior ROTC student body and females make up 40%. Cadets selected for the flight academy represented female and minorities more than three times the national averages.


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