About the Simultaneous Membership Program

  • What is SMP?
    • Volunteer officer training program for soldiers enlisted in the Army Reserves or Army National Guard
    • The program allows a soldier to simultaneously participate in the Advanced ROTC Program and actively drill with his/her unit as an SMP Cadet
  • What are the Benefits?
    • ROTC monthly stipend
      • Sophomore: $350/month
      • Junior: $450/month
      • Senior: $500/month
    • Montgomery GI Bill
      • Around $329/month
      • Must have completed AIT
    • ROTC Kicker
      • Up to $350/month
    • E-5 duty weekend pay
      • About 334.60/month
    • National Guard Tuition Assistance
      • NMU Grant
        • Pays 45% of tuition
      • State pays remaining 50%
    • ACES
      • Up to $4,500
    • GRFD and ARNG Scholarships available
  • How SMP Works
    • Be a member of the Army Reserves or Army National Guard
      • Complete basic training
      • Complete AIT or the Leader’s Training Course (LTC)
    • Continue with normal school schedule plus the addition of the required Military Science classes
    • Participate in weekly leadership labs and physical training
    • Attend reserve duty weekends as scheduled as an SMP cadet in a leadership position
  • Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty
    • Allows for guaranteed branch of choice
    • Apply for GRFD before contracting with ROTC
    • Requires SMP Cadet to serve in the Army Reserves or National Guard after graduation
    • Must be accepted into a unit as a 2LT before commissioning
  • Advanced Course
    • Final two years of ROTC
    • Preparation for military leadership
    • Junior Year
      • Small unit tactics
      • Responsibilities as a squad and platoon leader
      • Attend Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC) in Ft. Lewis, WA
    • Senior Year
      • Cadet leadership positions
      • Responsible for training and evaluation of other cadets
      • Preparation as a Second Lieutenant
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  • Training Opportunities and Requirements
    • Attend paid Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
      • Five weeks
      • Ft. Lewis, WA
      • Junior year
    • Opportunities to attend Airborne, Air Assault, Northern or Mountain Warfare Training
    • Post Graduation
      • Officer Basic Course (OBC) (dependent on branch)
  • How Long am I Obligated for?
    • Once commissioned, you are committed to 8 years of military duty.  Your commitment can be served in a combination of Active Duty, Reserve or National Guard, and Inactive Ready Reserve
    • GRFD cadets will serve 6 years of duty in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves and 2 years in the Inactive Ready Reserve
  • How  Will SMP Benefit Me?
    • Valuable hands-on leadership development through both ROTC and the USAR or ARNG
    • Challenging and rewarding
    • Excellent opportunity for leadership and responsibility positions and experience
    • Reinforces skills and information taught in ROTC
    • Receive mentoring from officers and NCO’s within a mission-orientated environment
    • Attractive to potential employers
  • SMP Eligibility Requirements
    • Completion of Basic Training or equivalent
    • Sophomore academic standing
    • Meet physical fitness requirements
    • GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Four years left on current enlistment
    • Full-time enrollment status
  • How to Enroll
    • Enlist in the Army Reserves or Army National Guard, if not already enlisted
    • Discuss interest in ROTC with your unit commander
    • Interview with the NMU ROTC Enrollment Officer
  • Contact Information
    • Office: Gries Hall, Room 101
    • Classroom: Hedgcock, Room 1004
    • Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 pm est
    • (906) 227-2236
    • military@nmu.edu