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December 2, 2014

Kennewick's new Air Force JROTC program prepares students for potential military careers.

Kennewick High School’s new Air Force JROTC program is preparing students for potential military careers.  

There are currently 74 students in grades 9 through 12 who are enrolled in Air Force JROTC classes.  About a dozen of those students participate in the after school component which involves drilling with replica rifles.  Students practice after school Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 3: 30 p.m. and Wednesdays during school hours on the tennis courts at Kennewick High School. The rifles are also used during special ceremonies

“We want any community members that may be driving by when we are practicing to know that we are using non-functional replica rifles,” stated Air Force JROTC Instructor Lieutenant Colonel Curt Wichers. “The rifles have no barrel and the trigger does not move.”

About Kennewick’s Air Force JROTC program

The Air Force JROTC program is offered at Kennewick High School. The program provides a 40/40/20 combination of Aerospace Science, Leadership Education and Wellness.

Program goals include leadership skills, loyalty, military training, discipline, citizenship, responsibility, pride, work ethic, competition, scholarships, and entering military at advanced rank. Coursework is a standards-based curriculum based on 21st century learning principles.

For more information about the program contact Curtis Whichers, Lieutenant Colonel, WUAF (Retired) at (509) 222-5754.