Dear Cadets and Parents/Guardians,

The first thing you should know about Air Force Junior ROTC is that it is more than just another class. Cadets are expected to work to develop themselves as excellent leaders, scholars, and citizens of character that are dedicated to serving their communities. The cadets who strive for success will find many opportunities not available to other students at Bessemer City High School.  Whether the cadets decide to go on to college, join our workforce, or serve in our military, AFJROTC cadets are better prepared to succeed and excel in any endeavor.

We have high, yet attainable standards. Due to the nature of the AFJROTC mission, as well as its visibility within the school and the community, it is important to understand that AFJROTC requires its members to adhere to higher academic and behavior standards than might normally be found among the rest of the student body.

Participation in Air Force Junior ROTC is a privilege. Cadets who apply themselves to the academic program and mandatory participatory activities; wear the uniform properly each week; and demonstrate the qualities of a lady or gentleman, should have no difficulty becoming leaders in our program.

AFJROTC is a cadet led, cadet run, immersive program.  Cadets have the opportunity to achieve various leadership positions and practice that leadership in real world settings every single day.  As such, the emphasis in AFJROTC will be on developing leadership, followership, teamwork, poise, and self confidence. AFJROTC strives to develop young adults who are independently responsible with high levels of personal honor, self-discipline, initiative, attention to detail, and concern for others and their community. Our curriculum and grading policies support these objectives.

AFJROTC is also a STEM program, with courses ranging from topics such as global and culture awareness, space exploration and space operations, or the science and principles of flight.  Every week, Cadets will participate in rocketry, robotics, drone flying and/or other STEM related activities.  They will participate in at least four STEM related and Community Service related field trips each school year.  In addition, those that truly excel will have the opportunity to qualify for flight training (earn their private pilots license), earn their FAA license in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operation, and receive a NOCTI certification in Leadership that is worth college credit.

Whether new or returning, Cadets always begin the school year by receiving a thorough review (in class) of the guidelines and expectations of the Bessemer City High School AFJROTC course.  These are spelled out and also available to parents/guardians through the Cadet Guide. Each cadet will receive their own copy of the Cadet Guide once the review has been accomplished. Parents and Cadets can always view or obtain a copy of the latest Cadet Guide through the documents link on this webpage.

Cadets will successfully complete this class by putting forth the necessary effort. Any cadet who needs help can see his/her instructor before, during, or after school. Additionally, Cadets and parents/guardians can stay abreast of current course requirements, activities and schedule by viewing the posted calendar, or reviewing the posted syllabus (located under the Documents Tab).

MSgt Walker and I look forward to working with each cadet and helping to develop the future leaders and citizens of this great nation of ours!  Thank you for entrusting us with this responsibility...we do not take it lightly.

- Lt Col Lussier

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Lt Col William S. Lussier


Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col)

William S. Lussier

Senior Aerospace Science Instructor



MSgt (Ret) William H. Walker

Master Sergeant(MSgt)
William Walker Jr.

Aerospace Science Instructor