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  • What is the rotc program and the smp program?

    I am a recent enlisted soldier beginning bt in february and I want to get the best out of joining the national guard, I currently have 80 college credits however I always wanted to join the military and so I currently did in order to get my military experience and continue on with school. I am interested in the ROTC and the SMP program? Can someone explain to me more about it?

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    Re: What is the rotc program and the smp program?

    SMP Program (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. Upon graduation from Army ROTC, you will earn the rank of second lieutenant and be commissioned into the Active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard and become a leader for life.

    Basic requirements

    Must be a U.S. Citizen
    Must not reach 31 years of age the year you will graduate from college (scholarship only)
    Have a minimum High school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
    Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT and 19 on the ACT
    Satisfactorily explain any record of arrest and/or civil conviction
    Complete ROTC Basic Course requirements or Basic Training
    Must be medically qualified

    *If you do not meet all of the above requirements contact us and we can inform you of what other options may be available to you to put you back on the officer path.

    Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) Explanation

    {ROTC Cadets can participate in this program once contracted-the summer after their freshman year. If someone wants to take advantage of these benefits and even more, they can join the NG/Reserves before/during their freshman year – inquire about “split option”}

    Basic Training and/or AIT is not required but many Cadets attend one or both schools before becoming an SMP
    Monthly drill pay = roughly $255 per weekend drill/Annual Training = $4,756 per yr
    ROTC Stipend = $350 a month during school for MS II’s, $450 – MS III, and $500 – MS IV
    $4,500 a yr Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) to pay for college plus the NC National Guard (NG) allows you to submit your request on-line the day you swear in to the NG. NC provides In-state tuition rates the day you sign up (waiver must be given to school before classes begin). Must apply for Fed TA before applying for State TA
    NC NG provides an additional $5,396 a year of State TA ($6,692 for graduate) in addition to Federal TA. If this is still not enough to pay all of your tuition and you want to stay in the Reserve/NG after graduation, you can get a full tuition/books ROTC GRFD or ROTC Dedicated (Ded) NG scholarship! You can also switch states during your career.
    Years as an SMP count towards active duty pay and Reserve/NG retirement years and pay years– this is a huge benefit. Example-if you serve three years as an SMP and decide to go on active duty, you will make way more money than someone who took an ROTC scholarship while in school because you have prior service time accrued. Example- if you choose GRFD (Guaranteed Reserve/NG Forces Duty = those desiring to stay in the NG after graduation for example) while in college, you will make roughly $659 a weekend and $7,912 a year after college starting out (in addition to your civilian career pay/benefits/life) and retire earlier due to ROTC years counting
    $10,000 bonus (most branches, previous bonus awardees may not be eligible, only for non-scholarship Cadets).
    2 yr GRFD ROTC scholarships (USAR or NG). 3, 2, 1 year Dedicated NG ROTC scholarships (plentiful) achieve the same goal/amount of benefits. Both give you $600 a semester for books and your choice of paid tuition or room/board (on or off campus). 99% of students use the scholarship toward room/board because tuition can be paid by TA = full ride basically! GRFD does not guarantee NG – only a Ded-NG scholarship can do that! Any Cadet who desires active duty but thinks he or she may not get it, should take a Ded-NG scholarship or stand a chance of not being accepted into the NG – GRFD and GRFD scholarships do not guarantee NG duty.
    Up to $50,000 in student loan repayment if the loans were before you joined the NG
    The NG allows (good PT score, PMS approval) SMPs slots for Air Assault school – GRFD/Ded NG or not
    In the NCARNG, you can lock in your branch (99% of the time) of choice during your MS III year – you choose and get it
    NC is one of the few states that has Special Forces and a Infantry Bde = opportunity for Airborne/Air Assault/Ranger…
    Basic ROTC scholarships can be exchanged for ROTC GRFD/Ded NG scholarships at anytime and Scholarship Cadets often drop their scholarships for SMP as well, due to added benefits before going active
    Lifetime GI Bill kicker (if you attend AIT you get a $3,090 per year GI BILL) and $3,500 kicker for GRFD Cadets – Form 4365 (can’t be getting any other kickers and must have 6 years left on enlistment or extend) must be faxed to the NC NG Education Office (NC GI Bill and kicker questions 919-664-6935 or 6215)
    Get a guaranteed interview with small and Fortune 500 Companies with the ROTC PaYS program for GRFD/DED NG.
    Get a preferential interview with NC companies in our new NCARNG Officer Employment Program!
    If you attend basic training and or AIT, there are simple ways to ensure you do not get mobilized while in college – complete one semester of ROTC or do the “split option”. SMP’s and Cadets who have completed one semester of ROTC are non-deployable.
    NG Cadets can get $2,000 (+) for getting someone else to join (see below) the NG (SMP = must be GRFD).
    SMPs have more opportunities and choices while in college, experience real unit training and have fun doing it
    SMPs also get more points, 15 or more, on their OML if applying for active duty during their MSIV year vs. someone who took a scholarship (not as good as SMP as you may be starting to understand for numerous reasons) instead
    GI Bill-1606/7 are eligible with GRFD Scholarships –only the Active GI Bill (Ch 30) with the Ded NG
    Reserve/NG Officers can add additional Branches (I have 3) during their career, apply for AGR jobs, switch states when needed (I have served in 6; all by my choice), have more flexibility, assist with state missions,…
    Health /dental benefits for $47.51 a month/$180.17 for family –

    Long term benefits of SMP

    SMP’s start out their careers making 02 over 3 years for pay and may actually make 02 over 4 years for pay if they join when freshman. Bottom line is that the SMP will add $50,000+ to their income during a 20 year career if going active for example and they will not retire with just 50% of their high 3 years for pay. Their pay will be 50% plus = 2.5 % multiplied by the number of years they served. A NC PMS said I should note he will be at 5 x 2.5=12.5% + 50%=62.5% for the rest of his natural life/retirement – that is a $12,000 gain per year! So, SMP provides hundreds of thousands more for retirement vs. taking a scholarship. If an SMP is GRFD, his pay and retirement will also be significantly more obviously.

    Incentives/programs can change due to legislation/funding

    Thank you North Carolina National Guard website for the info
    Last edited by Administrator; March 16th, 2012, 03:11 PM.


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      Re: What is the rotc program and the smp program?

      Thank you so much for the info really helpful. I meet all the requirements I havent gone to training though however.
      And basically the smp is a good idea, i start my first drill for infantry (bravo 11) next week and i go to bt before summer.What type of branches do you have under your belt?
      Is there any more information that can be helpful to me?
      Last edited by Administrator; March 16th, 2012, 03:09 PM.


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        Re: What is the rotc program and the smp program?