Award-winning Leadership Academy/Air Force Junior ROTC Unit MI-931 Program
Air Force Junior ROTC - Leadership Academy
This program is designed to build citizens of character devoted to serving their community. We offer a world-class 4-year curriculum which has been AdVancED accredited. Our program focuses on students' strengths and weaknesses to help build their confidence and motivation levels. Students are taught leadership skills and they apply them through various team building exercises. We want EVERY student to succeed.
Everyone is welcome and we encourage an environment of inclusiveness. Our program is designed to keep all students engaged. Our curriculum is different every day to keep boredom low and energy high. We take multiple field trips throughout the year with nominal cost to the student and scholarships are available. This program helps students prepare for a successful future. We help our students plan their futures, including college and scholarship applications and recommendations.
Our Booster Club offers thousands of dollars in college scholarships. Students love Fridays as this is our team building and team sports day and everyone can just relax and have fun!
Are you ready for the challenge?
History of the Program at Anchor Bay
Our program has a long and proud heritage. We began at Anchor Bay High School, Fair Haven, Michigan, in 1993. We are celebrating our 27th anniversary in the 2019-20 school year!
Our award-winning program has 107 cadets. Our cadets are engaged in our program, in our high school, and in our community.
Senior Master Sergeant Stephen R. Quintana is the Aerospace Science Instructor, and began this position in 2017. He served 26 years with the United States Air Force in air transportation and logistics. Senior Master Sergeant Quintana earned a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling and a Bachelors Degree in Information Technology. 586-648-2525, extension 2356
1 - Count Day Breakfast, During Class - Tentative based on Corps' numbers
4 - Homecoming Football Game Color Guard and Homecoming Parade, TBD - MANDATORY
5 - Homecoming Dance, TBD
8 - Booster Club Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room E-104
9 - Cadet Photos, during all hours, Room E-104
9/10 - High School Conferences
15 - Fall Blood Drive, During School, Auxiliary Gym
18 - Football Game Color Guard, 7:00 PM, ABHS
21 - Air Force Junior ROTC Headquarters Inspection, ABHS
12 - Booster Club Meeting and Potluck, 5:30 PM, South Commons
16 - Anchor Bay High School Drill Meet, ABHS, TBD - MANDATORY
6 - ASVAB Test, 8:15 AM, DLL
7 - Goodfellows Newspaper Sales, TBD
8 - New Baltimore Jingle Bell Run, TBD
12 - Winter Blood Drive, During School, Auxiliary Gym
14 - Wreaths Across America, Noon, St. Mary's and Oakwood Cemeteries
26 - Polar Bear Plunge, 2:00 PM, William and Mary Burke Park
6 - ASVAB Test, 8:15 AM, DLL
13-17 - Trip to Boston
18 - Ropes Course (Tentative date)
Are the instructors military recruiters?
The instructors are retired Air Force service members. They are not recruiters, and they do not receive ANYTHING for cadets entering the military. The instructors only care that you are successful in whatever you choose to do in life, provided it is legal, you enjoy it, and you are good at it. They will do whatever they can to help you.
Isn’t Junior ROTC just for students who want to join the military?
In the past, about 10% of all of our students seriously considered joining the military. Today, because of the economy and rising college and healthcare costs, that percentage has inched closer to 50%. Note that this does not mean that these students are eligible to join the military—just that that they are seriously considering the military. Many of our cadets could never join the military for a variety of reasons. And, many of our students have no desire to join the military—they enjoy our program for many other reasons.
Is there any military obligation?
No, there is no obligation for any cadet to join the military.
What is the class all about?
The mission of Air Force Junior ROTC is to "develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.” The typical class week is divided into aerospace studies classes (Science of Flight; Aviation History; Global Studies; or, Survival) on Mondays and Tuesdays; uniform wear and inspection and marching on Wednesday; Leadership Education on Thursday; and, wellness (team building; team sports; fitness) on Fridays. Field trips, guest speakers, videos, and many extracurricular activities add to the success of our program.
Do cadets have to wear the blue uniform?
Cadets must wear the blue uniform. The blue uniform, including the first set of name tags, is provided free. Cadets just need to launder the blue shirt, dry-clean the jacket and pants as needed, and keep their shoes polished. While in uniform, ALL cadets must meet personal appearance and grooming standards for hair, shaving, earrings, nails, etc.
What happens if I do not wear the uniform?
With very limited exceptions (mostly medical), cadets who do not wear the uniform as required, or miss even one uniform wear, will fail the academic semester. Also, failure to remain current on uniform wears will exclude them from participating in extracurricular activities. In addition, cadets who begin to fall behind in wearing the uniform and/or comply with grooming and behavior expectations will be DISENROLLED (removed) from the program, regardless of the time in the academic year.
Can I make-up missed uniform wears?
Yes, cadets may make-up missed uniform wears within two weeks for full credit, or after two weeks for half-credit. Cadets may not wear the uniform for make-ups on Fridays, half-days, or on other days as specified by the instructors. In addition, cadets will be excluded from participating in extracurricular activities until all missed uniform wears are made-up. Finally, make-ups must be made within a reasonable time frame as deemed by the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor. Cadets who begin to fall behind in wearing the uniform and/or comply with grooming and behavior expectations will be DISENROLLED (removed) from the program, regardless of the time in the academic year.
Are cadets required to be on a competition drill team?
No, our competition drill teams and color guards are voluntary extracurricular activities. Competition drill is much like a varsity sport, requiring practice, dedication, commitment, and motivation. Our drill teams compete against other Junior ROTC units, and travel to competitions in our state, region, and nation.
Are cadets required to do physical activity?
Yes, cadets are required to drill (march) during class and participate in our wellness program, which is typically on Fridays. Parents/guardians must complete a wellness form that documents permission for the cadet to participate in the wellness program. If a parent/guardian withholds permission, or a cadet is unable to participate due to an acute medical condition, the instructors will consult with the parents/guardians and school administration regarding participation extent.
What kinds of trips do cadets go on?
Our trips have included confidence courses; performances at the Macomb Center for Performing Arts; Selfridge Air National Guard Base; Frankenmuth; Chicago; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio; Niagara Falls; Washington, DC, and many other locations.
Does it cost money to participate in this program?
The minimal cost would be to regularly keep the blue uniform clean/dry-cleaned. All other costs support optional activities that are not required to participate in our program. Trips and other extracurricular activities/events have associated costs that are typically significantly-reduced due to fundraisers. We strive to ensure that all eligible cadets are provided the chance to participate in any of our activities. If a cadet is eligible to participate, but cannot afford the activity, every effort will be made to provide a full or partial scholarship to allow the cadet to participate.