Air Force Junior ROTC looking to hire "gray area" retirees

NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. - -- Air Force Junior ROTC is now able to hire Traditional Guardsmen and Reservists who have retired but are not yet drawing their retirement ("gray area" retirees). The passage of the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act allows AFJROTC to tap into the large pool of highly trained and motivated Guardsmen and Reservists.

"We are looking for retired Guard/Reserve officers and NCOs who want to continue serving their communities by teaching the next generation of leaders," said Col. Richard J. Ragaller, director of Air Force Junior ROTC at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

AFJROTC currently has over 50 officer and over 30 NCO instructor positions open at locations across the U.S. There are 869 units world-wide and 10 new units will open up for the next school year. Over 101,000 students are enrolled in AFJROTC.

"It's exciting to have the chance to add these outstanding Airmen to the AFJROTC family." he said. "I don't think there can be any more rewarding career than "Building Better Citizens for America."

"As instructors they exemplify the Air Force's Core Values and set the highest standards of conduct and appearance for themselves and their students," he said.

Traditional Guard/Reserve applicants must have been retired within the past 5 years or less with 20 "good years" of service and possess a DD Form 214/NGB Form 22, ANG/USAFR Point Credit Summary and retire with at least 3600 retirement points. For more information about Guard/Reserve requirements, go to http://www.afoats.af.mil/AFJROTC/grayarea.asp.

Officers must have a bachelor's degree or higher and NCOs must have a minimum of high school diploma and must obtain an associate' s degree within five years of employment. Additional education degrees and teacher certification are an advantage and may be required by some school districts.

Instructors wear the Air Force uniform and must meet the Air Force appearance and weight/body fat standards. They must also have high standards of military bearing and moral character.

AFJROTC provides TDY funding for new instructors to complete Air University's 2-week Aerospace Science Instructor Course at Maxwell AFB prior to receiving certification for instructor duty. The course includes training on instructor performance, standards and accountability as representatives of the Air Force; learning theory; communication skills; teaching methods; lesson planning and student evaluation.

The mission of Air Force Junior ROTC is "Building Better Citizens for America." The Air Force Core Values provide the basis for the program. The curriculum provides cadets with leadership opportunities, life skills education, team-building experiences, character education and academic studies. Air Force JROTC provides its students with the tools for success after high school.

For more information about instructor opportunities, call toll free (866) 235-7682, ext. 35112 of 32535. The DSN number is 493-5112 or 2535. You can also go to http://www.afoats.af.mil/AFJROTC/instructors.asp for complete instructor requirements and application information.