Whitney High School

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Letter to Incoming Freshman Families

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Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
California 954th Cadet Group – Whitney High School 19 April 2016 

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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):
 
In the near future your 9th grader will be attending high school. The Whitney High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) has something to offer your student unlike any of his/her other classes. You will want to consider enrolling him/her into one of the finest AFJROTC units in the United States! 

We offer:
One year Science Elective credit for all students who participate in the AFJROTC program.
One year PE credit for those who enroll in the Drill Only Class, which is also the Corps’ Competitive Drill Team.  CA-954's drill team is known as "the team to beat" at the NORCAL drill meets.
Opportunity to compete for Senior ROTC scholarships in more than 1,000 universities and colleges.
Opportunity to compete for Service Academy appointments – this year we had six Senior cadets receive a President, a Senator, four Congressional and three JROTC  nominations to the Service Academies.  These scholarships to the academies are valued at over $450,000 each.

This past year, one Senior cadet received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  In the past we have had cadets receive appointments to the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy, as well as numerous ROTC scholarships to various colleges. 
  
The CA-954 Cadets completed over 2100 hours of Community Service during this past school year. They continue to perform community service to the city of Rocklin, both Rocklin and Whitney High Schools, local businesses, veterans organizations, and the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce.

Enrollment in AFJROTC does not subject your student to any military obligation and is not tied to an accessions or recruiting program. However, if a student takes a minimum of three years of AFJROTC and decides to enlist in the US Armed Forces, he/she will be promoted to E-3 after boot camp in the Army, Navy, or Air Force. This is two ranks above the normal. The Marines will award E-2. 

Our 2nd, 3rd and 4th year cadets are exposed to management and leadership experiences as they plan, organize and direct the various cadet activities throughout the year.

If your student enrolls in AFJROTC, he/she will be eligible to sign up for an exciting and challenging two week “Cadet Leadership Course (formerly known as "Summer Leadership School”) held at WHS. Upon successful completion of the course, he/she will have earned 5 “elective credits” in addition to gaining new friends and becoming familiar with the Whitney campus before school starts. The next Leadership Laboratory Activity/Summer Leadership School will be held 25 Jul to 5 Aug 2016. 

If you have any questions, we will be more than happy to discuss our program with you.  Visit our website at – whs.rocklinusd.org/Academics/ROTC/index.html. Feel free to e-mail or call. Voice Mail (916) 632-6500 X 6609.

e-mail – Colonel Fernandez
e-mail – SMSgt Barber 
Our MISSION is to “Develop Citizens of Character, Dedicated to Serving Their Nation and Community”.

Sincerely,

MICHAEL A. FERNANDEZ, Colonel, USAF (Ret)
Senior Aerospace Science Instructor
701 Wildcat Blvd. Rocklin, CA 95765
Phone (916) 632-6500 x 6683 Fax (916) 435-2542