If you don’t already know me, allow me to introduce myself. I am Sophie Cloat, and I am IL-20071’s AFJROTC Corp Commander. I had this goal since I first joined the unit freshman year. Although this year is not typical, I am so excited to have this opportunity.
First off, service events. Service events are genuinely one of my favorite things to partake. Unfortunately, we have not had many opportunities to get out there. We are trying our best within the state’s mitigations and the school’s policies to schedule events. Anytime there is an event coming up, we will alert cadets in class, both in person and in any google meets. In class, cadets will sign up to attend these events, and unless they have alerted me, the CIC (cadet in charge of the event), or an instructor, they are required to attend, except for sick/quarantined cadets. If the school has quarantined a cadet, they will not be allowed to participate in events until they have finished quarantine. When we go to service events, cadets shall dress appropriately. Grey Air Force t-shirt or unit t-shirt, and appropriate bottoms (non-ripped jeans, khakis, and leggings appropriate-length shorts), with closed-toed shoes, unless told otherwise. Cadets should always dress for the weather - if it is snowing, do not leave the house in only gym shorts and a t-shirt, although I’d imagine parents would not allow that. Masks will be required at every event and must be appropriate.
Next, uniforms. Uniforms shall be worn appropriately during every class period on assigned uniform days, excluding changes for Physical Education or any exclusions within technical or art classes. If you have any questions on how to wear the uniform, please refer to your cadet handbook. If you cannot find the answer in your cadet handbook, ask your peers within the unit, especially upper-classmen, they would love to help. If you are still unable to find an answer at that point, refer to SSgt Madero for further instruction.
To clean: Blues may be dry cleaned, except washing your white undershirt, black socks, and light blue shirt. All ABU pieces can be washed like anything else. Wear your uniform proudly! Any school approved mask may be worn with the uniform.
Lastly, I would like to remind you that everyone is going through this unknown together. It is entirely okay to ask questions. Do not be afraid to reach out to me, whether it is to ask questions or even if you need a bit of normalcy during this crazy time. We are in this together!
Stay Safe and Healthy,
“One Team, One Flight, One Fight!”
C/Major Sophie Cloat
From the Corp Commander
C/Maj Sophie Cloat
Hello! I am Sophie Cloat, and I am IL-20071’s AFJROTC Corp Commander for the 2020-2021 school year. Outside of AFJROTC, I participate in both Colorguard and Winterguard. I work two jobs and spend my free time at service events, hanging out with friends, or spending time with my family and my dog, Daisy.
Over the course of my high school career, I have taken all enriched classes, as well as a few Early College/Dual Credit classes, and several art classes. After High School, I plan to finish my Associate’s degree at ICC.
After ICC, I am not sure what life has set out for me as I have not yet decided what path I would like to take, but I plan to go with the flow in order to find a career that I love.
My main goal is to live a happy, healthy life, and help many people along the way.