You may be able to take advantage of a program that allows you to participate in ROTC and enlist in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve at the same time, provided a vacancy exists in either a Guard or Reserve unit. It's called the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), and it means that while you're still in college, you can be gaining valuable experience and earning extra income.
You'll serve as an officer trainee in a Guard and Reserve unit and perform duties commensurate with the grade of second lieutenant. Once you graduate and commission, you may continue your military service with your unit or apply for active duty.
The Simultaneous Membership Program is a volunteer officer training program that allows Army National Guard and Army Reserve enlisted members to also participate in the Advanced ROTC Program. Upon completion of Basic Training, a Reserve Component soldier who is an academic junior, can join the Advanced ROTC program and earn a commission as an officer in the United States Army while completing their college degree. In addition, contracted non-scholarship cadets and GRFD scholarship cadets can join a Reserve Component unit. The intent of the SMP is to increase officer accessions into the Reserve Components by increasing ROTC enrollment from enlisted RC members who are attending college.
The SMP provides
- Future Reserve and Active Duty officers.
- A Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) option.
- An opportunity for Guard and Reserve units to select future Reserve officers.
- ROTC cadets who can assume officer responsibilities while serving in Reserve Component units.
What is SMP to the individual?
- An opportunity to gain a commission while going to college and serve in a Reserve Component Unit.
- Hands-on management/leadership training.
- ROTC stipend plus E-5 pay while at drill.
- Annual Training and Leader Development Course pay.
- Montgomery GI Bill and Tuition Assistance.
- An opportunity to win a 2 or 3-year GRFD scholarship.
- A future as an officer on Active Duty or Reserve Duty.
- Opportunity for volunteer training in Airborne and Air Assault
Who is eligible? Any who:
- Has completed Basic Training or equivalent.
- Has academic Junior standing at his/her school.
- Is physically qualified.
- Is under 30 years of age when commissioned (can be waivered through age 34).
- Has a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 grade scale.
- Has four years left on current military obligation.
- Is a full time student.
- U.S. citizen.
What is the commitment upon commissioning?
Upon completion of the ROTC program, the officer has an eight year obligation which can be served in the Reserve Forces, on Active Duty, or a combination of the two.