You have two options to reach your goal of paying for college and commissioning as an officer into the Army: applying for the national Army ROTC scholarship, or enlisting in the Army Reserves or National Guard and participating in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). You still reach the same goal with either option, just in different ways with their own unique opportunities.
A great way to learn more about our top-notch program is to participate in our Cadet for a Day program. This program is popular and slots are limited, although we will try to accommodat everyone. We are looking for highly qualified scholar-athlete-leaders to participate in Cadet for a Day. For more information, click on the Cadet for a Day menu option.
"Simultaneous" means students who are at the same time:
In the SMP you participate in unit training with your USAR or ARNG unit one weekend a month, while earning your commission through ROTC. SMP Cadets are non-deployable. Upon commissioning you have the option of either serving full-time on Active Duty, or part-time in the Army Reserves or Army National Guard.
Next step: as a high school student, talk to your school's Army Reserve and National Guard recruiters, or give a local one a call. Then contact us so we can discuss how you'll integrate ROTC.
Army ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes, leadership labs, physical training and field training exercises, you will learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups, and conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, you will commission as a Second Lieutenant and be commissioned into the Active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard and become a leader for life.
Scholarships are highly competitive. Minimum eligibility requirements include:
Army officers reflect the best of America and the most competitive applicants' exhibit traits of scholar, athlete, and leader.
To apply, you first will need to create a MY GOARMY account. Once you create an account, you will be sent to the Log In page. Use your newly created account information and select the option "ROTC 4-Year Scholarship Application" button. This will direct you straight to the online scholarship application. Initial Application Deadline is 10 January of your Senior Year. Applications can be submitted as early as February of your Junior Year.
Scholarships are awarded based on a student's merit and grades, not financial need. Army ROTC scholarships consist of:
Army ROTC scholarships also provide monthly living allowances for each school year. You can earn certain amounts depending on your level in the Army ROTC curriculum:
For more details on the National High School Scholarship or to create your my GOARMY account, visit the www.goarmy.com/rotc