The SMP Program


The SMP Program is a volunteer officer training program that allows Army National Guard and Army Reserve enlisted members to also participate in the Advanced ROTC Program. Upon completion of Basic Training, a Reserve Component soldier who is an academic junior can join the Advanced ROTC program and earn a commission as an officer in the United States Army while completing their college degree. In addition, contracted non-scholarship cadets and RFD scholarship cadets can join a Reserve Component unit and the SMP. The intent of the SMP is to increase officer accessions into the Reserve Components by increasing ROTC enrollment from enlisted RC members who are attending college.

If you are interested in enrolling in this program, please call (619) 594-3411 or 594-2808

The SMP Provides

  • Future Reserve and Active Duty Officers.
  • A Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) option.
  • An opportunity for Guard and Reserve unites to select future Reserve officers.
  • ROTC cadets who can assume officer responsibilities while serving in Reserve units.

Actions Required by the Reserve Unit

  • Notify the ROTC detachment of eligible candidates.
  • Upon receipt of PMS letter of acceptance, complete the following and forward through appropriate channels:
    • Copy of DD 214/220
    • Copy of DD 4 series
    • DA 4836 if less than 4 years left.
    • NGB 594-1 or DA 4824
    • Commander’s letter of recommendation
    • Award new DMOS (09R20)
    • Promote to Cadet E-5 upon contracting

What is SMP?

  • An opportunity to attain a commission while going to college and serve in a Reserve Component Unit
  • Hands-on management/leadership training
  • $350/month ROTC stipend plus E-5 pay while at drill
  • Annual Training and Advanced Camp pay
  • Montgomery GI Bill Benefits
  • An opportunity to win a 2-year RFD scholarship
  • A future as an officer on Active Duty or Reserve Duty
  • Opportunity for volunteer in Airborne, Air Assault, Northern or Mountain Warfare Training.

Who is Eligible?

Anyone who:

  • Has completed Basic Training or equivalent
  • Has junior standing at his/her school
  • Is physically qualified
  • Is under 30 years of age when commissioned (waiverable to age 34)
  • Has a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 grade scale
  • Has four years left on current military obligation
  • Is a full time student
  • U.S. citizen

What Do We Do To Enroll?

  • Enlist in Army Reserve or Army National Guard if not already a member
  • Discuss interest with unit commander
  • Interview with ROTC detachment
  • Take an officer accession physical
  • Obtain the following documents from unit or personal files:
    • Birth Certificate
    • Social Security Card
    • APFT Card (DA 705)
    • Copy of latest physical exam
    • Copy of Transcripts and ACT/SAT scores
  • Take the ROTC Officer Selection Battery test
  • Register for advanced Military Science classes

What is the Commitment Upon Commissioning?

Upon completion of the ROTC program, the officer has an eight year obligation which can be served in the Reserve Forces, on Active Duty, or a combination of the two.

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