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Chapter 7



7.1.  General.  There are several voluntary cadet extracurricular activities which supplement aerospace or leadership experiences.  Additionally, these activities bring cadets together with common interests, build esprit de corps, are ways to create lasting friendships, and guarantee a good time to those who get involved.  Involvement teaches responsibility, teamwork, and cooperation. It is also a positive, visible way to publicize to the community the values at work that we teach to our cadets. The SASI and/or ASI will monitor all activities and will serve as advisors.  Additionally, active duty military and sponsors will help monitor and teach these activities. The following description of activities is not all inclusive and will change depending on what activities the TX-20005th cadets want to have and support.


7.2.  Kitty Hawk Air Society.  This AFJROTC Honorary Society promotes academic excellence, service, and patriotism.  An invitation to join will be extended only to cadets who have an "A" average in their AFJROTC courses and an overall "B" school average with no grade below 75 average for any given semester.  Cadets will complete a pledge program to become a member.  A distinctive badge will be awarded upon indoctrination into this elite AFJROTC TX-20005  society. The AFJROTC TX-20005 Apollo Chapter is a charter member of the national organization. As a means to promote the pursuit of knowledge in the areas of aerospace science, military history, current events, and military customs & courtesy; the Apollo Chapter will establish an academic team to compete in meets throughout the state of Texas. Authorized membership cord is light blue.


7.3.  Color Guard, Unarmed Drill and Armed  Teams. These teams are constantly in the "public's eye" and thus will consist of cadets who are hard working and have the time and desire to commit themselves to these activities.  Since participation is time consuming and will include trips away from school for competitions and performances, we want to ensure that cadets do not suffer academically. Thus, participants must not fail any subject and must maintain a school grade point of average of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Continued uniform or personal appearance violations and school suspensions are unacceptable. Failure to meet these standards will result in probation for the next grading period until the minimum standards are achieved. Failure to reach these standards after the probationary period expires will result in removal from the team.


7.3.1.  Color Guard.  This elite cadet corps presents and posts the US, Texas, and school colors at school, Corps, and community functions.  This cocurricular activity provides an opportunity for cadets to learn to respect and properly present national and state flags.  The Color Guard Commander will be selected by the SASI/ASI and who has participated on the team in the past. The Color Guard Commander will write an operating instruction describing color guard operation and membership to include practice times and distinctive uniform items which will be approved by the SASI/ASI. The distinctive uniform consists of a ¾” silver braid sewn on the sleeves of the coat and down the legs of the slacks. In addition, members wear a ceremonial “wheel” hat, white beret, or chrome helmet. Authorized cord is white.


7.3.2.  Unarmed Drill Team.  Cadets who enjoy drill, "polish" their drill skills learned in the leadership laboratory and form a drill team that performs in local and area wide drill competitions and demonstrations.  Drill practice will normally be four times a week immediately after school. Participation, like for the Color Guard, requires an extra commitment from cadets since they will spend many hours learning the manual of arms, perfecting close-order teamwork, practicing standardized movements, developing "free-style" movements, and taking care of their uniform.  During competitions, not only is drill precision evaluated, but the uniform and personal appearance are graded as well. Drill Team Commander will be a cadet selected by the SASI/ASI and who has participated on the team in the past. Drill Team Commander will write a drill team operating instruction that includes practice times and distinctive uniform items which will be approved by the SASI/ASI.  Authorized beret is Dark Blue with Dark Blue/Gold cord.


7.3.3.  Armed Team.  If there is interest, a rifle team will be established for cadets who want to refine their rifle handling skills and knowledge of manual of arms.  The Armed Drill Team Commander will be appointed by the

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SASI/ASI to lead and train the team.  The Armed Drill Team Commander will write a drill team operating instruction that includes practice times and distinctive uniform items which will be approved by the SASI/ASI. Authorized beret is Dark Blue with Dark Blue/Gold cord.


7.4.  Rocket Club.  Members of this activity will learn how to build and launch model rockets.  Cadets who meet the AFJROTC qualifications are also eligible for a rocketry badge which is worn with the uniform.  Authorized beret is Royal Blue with Black/Maroon cord.


7.5.  Static/Flying Model Club.  In the event this club is formed, cadets who enjoy building model airplanes or other aerospace vehicles should consider this activity.  The cadet model club will become affiliated with the community's International Modelers Association.


7.6  Physical Training (PT) Team.  The purpose of establishing this team is to promote physical conditioning and a healthy life style. This team consists of male and female cadets that compete at meets throughout the state of Texas. Authorized cord is Royal Blue/Silver/Metallic Gold.


7.7.  Field Trips. Visits will occur in the Fall but primarily in the Spring.  The SASI/ASI will select cadets who are students in good standing (academically and no disciplinary problems), have not had a history of uniform or personal appearance violations,  and are released by their teachers to attend the field trip. The SASI will publish a field memorandum to show who has been selected for the trip, dress requirements, and other instructions which must be complied with to participate on the trip.  Trips must be sanctioned by the school and cadets must have their sponsor's permission to participate. Trips will normally occur on school days and sometimes on weekends and evenings.


7.8. Fund Raising Projects.  The Corps needs money to support many of its activities and community service projects.  Various fund raising activities are done each school year to raise money. The extent that cadets and their sponsors support these activities will determine the level of funding the corps has to minimize costs for social and formal functions and to purchase items that will enhance the corps' operation and cadet esprit de corps.  


7.9.  Military Ball.   The Military Ball, a formal Air Force tradition, will be planned and conducted in the Spring.  Participation is mandatory. Dance follows the formal presentation of the program.


7.10.  Awareness Presentation Team (APT).   A worthwhile voluntary activity which consists of cadets that like to and feel comfortable talking to elementary and middle school students about such social issues as drug education and staying in school.  Our involvement in these social issues brings our Corps favorable publicity and is a valuable social service to the community. Cadets earn an APT badge to wear on the uniform if they participate in three events.   In addition, APT members visit our feeder schools to talk to eight graders about our AFJROTC program; our mission, objectives, benefits, etc.


7.11.  Cadet Group Commander Staff Meetings.   The Cadet Group Commander will schedule, publicize, and conduct a weekly staff meeting.   Meetings provide face-to-face communications between the Commander and his/her staff. They plan and implement cadet activities in a meeting that serves as a leadership lab to develop communications, management, and leadership skills.   An agenda will be published and posted prior to the meeting. The AFJROTC classroom will be set up to ensure that an orderly meeting is conducted. Minutes will be accomplished, published, and posted after each meeting. All cadets are required to read the minutes and be aware of all that is transpiring within the unit.






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