LTC Chad Carlson
National Guard/Reservists (SMPs)
Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
The SMP is a volunteer officer training program that allows current and future Army National Guard and Army Reserve enlisted members the opportunity to participate in ROTC. Upon completion of Basic Training, a reserve component solider can join ROTC and earn a commission as an officer in the United States Army upon graduation.
The SMP program provides:
- An opportunity to gain both a commission as a Second Lieutenant and a college degree.
- Hands-on management and leadership training while drilling with a National Guard or Reserve unit.
- An opportunity to maximize your enlistment eduational benefits while also getting additional benefits from the ROTC.
- An opportunity for volunteer training in Airborne, Air Assault, Language Training in other countries, and multiple internship opportunities.
- An opportunity to travel the world for Annual Training and/or Language Training while serving as a Cadet.
Who is eligible?
- Has or will complete Basic Training prior to contracting as an ROTC Cadet.
- Is an academic sophomore. Soldiers can participate as a Freshman but are not eligible to contract until their sophomore year.
- Is physically qualified. Soldiers can use their MEPs physical if it is less than 2 years old.
- Has a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
- Has four years remaining on their current military obligation.
- Is a full time student.
- Is a U.S. citizen.
- Successfully completes a backgorund check.
- Can Pass an Army Physical Fitness Test.
What benefits will I recieve as part of SMP?
- $4000 per year Tuition Assistance paid directly to the school
- $265 per month drill pay paid to the Cadet
- $368 per month GI Bill paid to the Cadet
- $350 per month GI Bill Kicker paid to Cadet.
- $350 per month stipend paid to the Cadet. This increases to $450 as a junior and $500 as a senior.
- Additional Scholarships available for those who want to continue to serve in the National Guard or Reserves upon commissioning.
- All soldiers are non-deployable while in ROTC AFTER they have completed one semester of college in the ROTC program.