Junior ROTC Overview

  • The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps is a federal program sponsored by the Armed Forces in high schools across the United States. The program was originally created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalization Act.

    According to Title 10, Section 2031 of the United States Code, the purpose of Junior ROTC is "to instill in students in [United States] secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment." Additional objectives are established by the service departments of the Department of Defense. Under 542.4 of Title 32 (National Defense) of the Code of Federal Regulations, the Department of the Army has declared those objectives for each cadet to be:
    • Developing citizenship and patriotism
    • Developing self-reliance and responsiveness to all authority.
    • Improving the ability to communicate well both orally and in writing.
    • Developing an appreciation of the importance of physical fitness.
    • Increasing a respect for the role of the U.S. Armed Forces in support of national objectives.
    • Developing a knowledge of team building skills and basic military skills.
    • Taking 3–4 years of the course grants cadets the ability to rank higher if they pursue a military career.
    Section 524.5 of the CFR National Defense title states in part that JROTC should "provide meaningful leadership instruction of benefit to the student and of value to the Armed Forces. ... Students will acquire: (1) An understanding of the fundamental concept of leadership, military art and science, (2) An introduction to related professional knowledge, and (3) An appreciation of requirements for national security. The dual roles of citizen/soldier and soldier/citizen are studied. ... These programs will enable cadets to better serve their country as leaders, as citizens, and in military service should they enter it. ... The JROTC and NDCC are not, of themselves, officer-producing programs but should create favorable attitudes and impressions toward the Services and toward careers in the Armed Forces."


  • Col. William 'Chad' Breedlove













    Colonel (retired) Breedlove is currently the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Vista Ridge High School in Colorado Springs, CO. He is responsible for instruction of over 100 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadets. During his last active duty assignment, Colonel Breedlove served as the Division Chief for Aeromedical Evacuation and Medical Readiness at Headquarters Air Mobility Command (AMC), Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. He was responsible to the AMC Command Surgeon for developing deployable personnel and equipment capabilities for Department of Defense en route patient care and managing deployment taskings for 11 medical treatment facilities across the United States. He oversaw four branches with 53 active duty, civilian and contract staff. 

    Colonel Breedlove is a 1998 graduate of Tulane University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and was commissioned through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). He has held staff and leadership positions in medical logistics, resource management, medical readiness, and group practice management. He commanded two squadrons and served as a deputy group commander twice. Colonel Breedlove deployed to Afghanistan as a Medical Embedded Team Trainer for the Afghan National Army in 2007. He also deployed as the lead medical planner for the Air Forces Central Command forward surgeon in 2013.  


    1998 Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

    2003 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL (Residence)

    2006 Master of Science, Healthcare Administration, University of Alabama-Birmingham (Residence)

    2008 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)

    2010 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL (Residence)

    2013 Air War College (Correspondence)


    1998-2002   Element Chief, Facility Management, 81st Medical Group, Keesler AFB, MS

    2002-2004   Medical Logistics & Group Practice Manager, 375th Medical Group, Scott AFB, IL

    2004-2006   AFIT Student, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 

    2006-2009   Flight Commander, Logistics/Resource Management, 72nd Medical Group, Tinker AFB, OK

    2009-2010   Student, Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL

    2010-2013   Branch Chief, Ground Unit Type Code Management/Current Operations, HQ Air Combat 

            Command, Langley AFB, VA

    2013-2015   Deputy Commander & Administrator, 28th Medical Group, Ellsworth AFB, SD

    2015-2017   Commander, 45th Medical Support Squadron, Patrick AFB, FL

    2017-2020   Commander, 10th Medical Support Squadron, US Air Force Academy, CO

    2020-2022   Division Chief, Aeromedical Evacuation & Medical Readiness, Scott AFB, IL


    Legion of Merit

    Meritorious Service Medal w/3 devices

    Air Force Commendation Medal w/1 device 

    Army Commendation Medal

    Air Force Achievement Medal w/3 devices 

    Air Force Medical Resource Management Officer of the Year, 2008


    Second Lieutenant 1998

    First Lieutenant 2000

    Captain 2002

    Major 2007

    Lieutenant Colonel 2012

    Colonel 2019

    (Retirement effective 1 November 2022)

    (Current as of 11 August 2022)