The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows cadets to serve in a National Guard or Reserve Unit while in ROTC. The Simultaneous Membership Program is a great way for cadets to gain additional army knowledge and experience. SMP cadets are required to attend monthly unit drills and complete all training with the unit as long as it does not interfere with ROTC events. Cadets earn Sergeants pay (E-5), about $225 for a two-day weekend drill in addition to their ROTC monthly stipend.
Cadets also have the opportunity to attend a 2-3 week Annual Training (AT) with their unit during the summer. Annual Training is when National Guard and Reserve units c0ntuct field training exercises (FTXs). Annual Training is a great opportunity for cadets to experience a specific army branch training. Cadets from the Patriot Battalion are currently serving as SMP cadets in the RI, MA and CT National Guards as well as the US Army Reserves.
The SMP program is open to all contracted cadets and it is a mandatory requirement for all GRFD Scholarship Recipients.
Cadets are non-deployable while participating in SMP.
Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty Scholarship (GRFD):
The GRFD Scholarship can be awarded in 3-year, 2 and a half year and 2-year lengths depending on the academic year of the cadet. GRFD recipients receive full tuition and fees as well as $1200 a year for books. GRFD recipients are required to participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program for the length of scholarship. GRFD recipients earn the monthly cadet stipend as well as monthy drill pay. GRFD Recipients are required to serve in the US Army National Guard or Reserves for 8 years after commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant out of ROTC.
In order to qualify for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5
- Have a minimum score of 920 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT
- Complete the ROTC Basic Course requirements or Basic Combat Training
- Be medically and morally qualified