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National Guard/Reserve

National Guard/Reserve

The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

The SMP option is available to current members of the Reserve Component (Army Reserve or National Guard) or non-scholarship ROTC Basic Course cadets, MSIs and MSIIs, who wish to receive financial assistance.

Members of the Reserve Component who wish to enroll in ROTC will serve concurrently in both their assigned unit and their ROTC unit, drawing benefits from both. Soldiers who are enrolled in ROTC will not be required to deploy upon successful completion of their first freshman semester and subsequent enrollment in their second freshman semester. Contracted SMP cadets (those with 30 or more college credit hours) are non-deployable upon contracting.

Prospective cadets with prior military experience will simply be assigned to a unit with a vacant SMP cadet slot (or, in some exceptions, with a vacant 2LT slot).

Soldiers may be placed in the ROTC Advanced Course as MS III cadets, depending on the number of credit hours earned, without the required Basic Course completion (BCT automatically qualifies SMP cadets).

Benefits of the Simultaneous Membership Program include:

  • Monthly stipend of $ 420 for all Cadets..
  • Drill pay at the E5 level (or higher based on current rank) per month (may be more based on the latest military pay chart).
  • G.I. Bill benefits for those who qualify.

The Minuteman Scholarship

If you are interested in receiving an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and commissioning into the Army Reserve, the Minuteman Scholarship provides you an excellent opportunity. All qualified applicants for ROTC scholarships may apply for consideration for the 4-year Minuteman Scholarship. Each Army Reserve major subordinate command can award four Minuteman Scholarships per year. Minuteman Scholarships cover four years of full tuition and fees or $10,000 for room and board at colleges and universities served by an Army ROTC program.


  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Between ages of 17-31
  • Valid MEPS physical
  • Currently in the Army Reserve or eligible for enlistment
  • Ability to pass ACFT
  • Meet AR 600-9 standards
  • Pass MSC commander Interview
  • Professor of Military Science validation
  • Acceptance letter to college
  • Proof of academic major
  • Proof of ACT or SAT scores
  • Enroll in ROTC