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To start ROTC, you will enroll in a lecture class and a lab. The registration information is below.

Enrolling in these Army ROTC Basic Courses (freshman and sophomore courses) does not involve a commitment of service to the Army. Commitment to serve to the Army begins when the student contacts to commission upon graduation. Students can contract as early as their freshman year if they receive a national ROTC scholarship prior to arriving on campus, but most students contract during their second year. It is mandatory to contract to enter the Advanced Course (MS 301) of Army ROTC.

The Islander Battalion Human Resources Assistant will help each candidate complete their packet.

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Reserve Component Students

Simultaneous Membership Program

SMP Cadet – A reserve officer trainee assigned to a Reserve Component Troop Program Unit (TPU), while simultaneously participating as a contracted cadet in the ROTC Advanced Course at a university or college.

The National Guard is a great alternative for financial assistance in lieu of a scholarship. This option, called the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP), allows you to pursue your education and receive the financial benefits of a Texas National Guard Soldier.

Army National Guard Benefits (

  • 100% Tuition Assistance
  • Monthly Drill Pay (E-5 pay rate or higher)
  • $420 per month ROTC stipend (SMP Cadets)
  • In-State Tuition (All NG Soldiers)
  • Most Army ROTC SMP Cadets in the NG or Reserves have the benefits of the military without the worry of being deployed.

 SMP Cadet Eligibility

  • S. citizen.
  • Eligible for enlistment in, or already assigned to, an ARNG or USAR unit.
  • Has minimum 30 credits towards major and enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Be of good moral character and able to obtain a SECRET security clearance.
  • Meet height and weight standards.
  • Be physically fit and pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT).


  • SMP participants serve in ARNG/USAR units in the rank of “cadet” and receive drill pay in pay grade E-5 (higher, if higher enlisted rank held prior to contracting).
  • SMP participants who are disenrolled from ROTC advanced Course will return to the grade and rank held prior to SMP participation.
  • *Qualified Cadets are those that have completed BASIC (Enlisted Boot Camp) and AIT (Advanced Individual Training). Upon completion of both, Cadets may be granted the benefits of the Montgomery G.I. Bill®.

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD)

The GRFD and Dedicated reserve Scholarships are 2-year scholarships may be available for members of the Army Reserve (AR) and Army National Guard (ARNG) who desire to commission in the Reserve Forces. Applicants must be members of the AR or ARNG and participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) as a cadet. Both scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Students apply for this scholarship during the spring semester of their sophomore year. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a sophomore with 4 to 5 semesters remaining until graduation.




Two scholarship options that ensure those selected will remain in the Army National Guard (ARNG) or US Army Reserve (USAR) upon graduation from college.

Additionally, these scholarships allow the recipient to request room and board as their election while using Federal Tuition Assistance ($4500/year) and/or NC Tuition Assistance Program (ARNG ONLY can use both) to pay their tuition.