Simultaneous Membership Program

 
 
 

SMP PROGRAM

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 RECUIREMENTS

1.Must be a U.S. Citizen
2.Must not reach 31 years of age the year you will graduate from college (scholarship only)
3.Have a minimum High school GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
4.Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT and 19 on the ACT
5.Satisfactorily explain any record of arrest and/or civil conviction
6.Complete ROTC Basic Course requirements or Basic Training
7.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
100% Tuition Waiver to pay for college
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 OKARNG, you can lock in your branch (99% of the time) of choice during your MS III year you choose and get it
OK is one of the few states that has 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)
Get a guaranteed interview with small and Fortune 500 Companies with the ROTC PaYS program for GRFD/DED NG.
Get a preferential interview with OK companies in our new OKARNG "ROTC PAYS" 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).
Up to $7,500 for leads with GRAP O (Guard Recruiting Assistance Program Officers) for recruiting people you meet that end up commissioning; go to www.guardrecruitingassistant.com You get 2,500 Mission Zone points (use for free hats, shirts, footballs, ) just to sign up with GRAP simple way to make money off fellow Cadets and students.
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, apply for AGR jobs, switch states when needed, 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 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*

 

 

 

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CONTACT

Assistant Professor of Military Science: CPT Joseph Winglemire
918-444-3064
winglemi@nsuok.edu

Senior Military Science Instructor: Mr. Dustin McClure
918-444-3068
mcclur13@nsuok.edu

Oklahoma National Guard ROTC Liaison: Bryce Chitwood
580-618-1004
Bryce.c.chitwood.mil@mail.mil

Recruiting Officer:
Mr. Oscar Rayford

479-575-4251
olrayfor@uark.edu

 

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