Officer Commissioning Programs
Simultaneous Membership Program (ROTC)
The Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) offer the SMP to qualified full time college students who are members of the Army National Guard or willing to join. SMP is a two-year program whereby cadets serve in the Army National Guard and attend ROTC classes "simultaneously". Cadets receive a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army after completion of a bachelor's degree or graduate degree and the ROTC advanced course. Newly commissioned officers then serve in the Army National Guard or on active duty.
Qualified West Virginia Army National Guard SMP cadets can receive the following financial benefits:
- The WV Army National Guard 100% Tuition Assistance (based on the tuition of WVU)
- The Montgomery G.I. Bill ($282 per month)
- The Montgomery G.I.Bill Kicker ($350 per month)
- Drill pay at the E-5 level prior to commissioning (about $210 per month)
- ROTC stipend (subsistence allowance):
- College Juniors - $350 per month (for 12 months)
- College Seniors - $400 per month (for 9-10 months)
- Pay for attending the National Advanced Leadership Camp (about $660)
- SMP cadets qualify for tuition assistance programs offered by both organizations "simultaneously."
The two programs combined can offer qualified SMP Cadets close to $30,000 in pay and benefits during their last two years of college.
In the West Virginia Army National Guard