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U.S. Air Force JROTC




The mission of the AFJROTC program is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.


The goals of this program are to instill values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment in high school students.


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

Through these objectives, cadets will:

        Understand the need for national security, authority, and military in a democracy.

        Develop patriotism.

        Develop habits of order and discipline using military training.

        Develop strong morals, self-reliance, self-esteem, leadership, and communication skills.

        Be familiar with the aerospace age, doctrine, and career opportunities.

        Be familiar with military customs, courtesies, and traditions.

        Graduate high school and pursue higher education or vocational goals.

        Develop social skills and values and adhere to the Cadet Code of Conduct and Honor Code.

        Participate in community service activities.

        Follow the rules of parents, school administrators, teachers, and community officials.


Cadet Group Commander:

Cadet Lt Col Abigail Cockerham


      Cadet Deputy Group Commander:

Cadet Lt Col Marton Platt-Burton 



Irmo high School Air Force Junior ROTC was established at Irmo High School in September 1972.  In its 49 year history, Unit SC-071 has earned numerous awards and recognitions.

Honor unit 28 times
Meritorious Unit 24 times
Distinguished Unit with merit 14 times
Distinguished Unit 28 times
Silver Star Community Service with excellence Award
Air Force Association Sword of Excellence Award four times as the top Air Force Junior ROTC unit in the State of South Carolina

SC-071 participates in many different events in the community:  Okra Strut Parade, Veterans Day Parade, Color Guards for different events in the community and Irmo High School sport and events.   They participate in Adopt-A-Highway four times a year with St Andrews Rotary Club.  Presents the colors at USC men’s home basketball games.   The unit has a competition drill team and drum and bagpipe corps.  We also do archery, marksmanship, academic team, Kitty Hawk Air Society, color guard team, saber team, aerospace team, awareness presentation team to mention some. 


Air force Junior ROTC Courses Offered at Irmo High School

 Aerospace Science 1

(Aerospace Science 1 will fulfill PE credit.)

Aerospace Science 2

Aerospace Science 3

Aerospace Science 3 Honors

Aerospace Science 4

Aerospace Science 4 Honors

Aerospace Science Honors Project 


National Awards That Cadets can earn:

Air Force Association Award

Daedalian Award

Daughters of the American Revolution Award

American Legion Scholastic Award

American Legion General Military Excellence Award

Reserve Officers Association Award

Military Officers Association Award

Veterans of foreign War (VFW) Award

National Society United States Daughters of 1812

National Sojourners Award

Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction Award

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Sons of the American Revolution Award

Military Order of World Wars

American Veterans Award

Air Force Sergeants Association Award

Tuskegee Airman Inc. AFJROTC Cadet Award

The Retired Enlisted Association Award

Celebrate Freedom Foundation Award

Air Commando Association Award


Local Awards

USMC League Leadership (Department) Award

USMC League Leadership (Detachment) Award


 There other awards/ribbons cadets can earn thru their participation in AFJROTC.

Major Jason Huffman's website

Master Sergeant Mark Kroll's website