CHS Air Force Junior ROTC Gives Back to the Community

The Choctawhatchee High School Air Force Junior ROTC has closed out another great year of service to the community.  With 1,780 community service hours in 30 events, and 925 co-curricular community service hours in 21 events, the ROTC members logged a staggering 2,705 volunteer hours this year.

“We continue to strive to achieve our mission of developing citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community,” said Scott Bates, Maj, USAF (ret) and Senior Aerospace Science Instructor. 

To accomplish this, each calendar year from April 11th – April 10th, ROTC members perform various community service events planned by the cadet staff, executed by the cadet corps and supervised by a certified AFJROTC instructor.  The numbers this year are broken down by community service events and co-curricular service events.  A co-curricular service event is something that they are uniquely qualified to do…i.e. flag raising, posting colors, saber arc, etc.

“These hours are used by our cadets to compete for various scholarships and college entry, document CAS hours for IB diplomas and present a well-rounded resume to potential employers,” said Bates.  “The hours are also used as criteria for the yearly Distinguished Unit Award which allows me to nominate potential cadets for the United States Air Force Academy.”