SMP and Reserve Forces
Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
The simultaneous Membership Program allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. It gives you an opportunity for additional training and experience. Cadets serve as Officer trainees in the Reserve or National Guard while completing college. You can earn Reserve/Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.
Interested in Army ROTC but do not want to go on Active Duty and move away from your Home or Community? Army ROTC has the ability to ensure that you can stay in your community and still serve in the Army as a Reserve Soldier.
You could earn a scholarship for either the National Guard or the Army Reserve and guarantee that you do not have to leave your community to serve as an Officer in the Army. This option allows individuals to be on scholarship, provide guaranteed service in the National Guard or Army Reserve and requires the student to participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). Scholarship money can be used for either Room and Board or Tuition and Fees.
If Scholarship money is used towards Room and Board, Federal(and possibly State) Tuition Assistance can be used in conjunction with Scholarship money to pay for tuition. Room and Board amounts are taxable monies paid directly to the Cadet and is determined by an average or aggregate of the area.
If Scholarship money is used for Tuition and Fees, then Federal/State Tuition Assistance cannot be used for Room and Board.
Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty – Dedicated National Guard Scholarship
This program consists of a 3-year advance designee, 2.5-year, or 2-year undergraduate degree scholarships and a 2-year graduate degree scholarships. Applicants must be members of the Army National(ARNG) or be willing to join the ARNG as an SMP participant. Individuals selected for the GRFD Dedicated ARNG Scholarship must serve their eight-year military service obligation in the ARNG in an active drilling capacity (one weekend a month and a two-week annual training period each year) except for period(s) of active duty required to obtain branch qualification (i.e. Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC)) or related to mobilization.
Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty – Dedicated Army Reserve Scholarship
This program consists of a 3-year,3-year advance designee, 2 1/2-year, or 2 year undergraduate degree scholarships and a 2 year graduated degree scholarships. Applicants must be members of the United States Army Reserve (USAR) or be willing to join the USAR as an SMP participant.