Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) is a program that allows you to participate in ROTC and enlist in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve at the same time.

Benefits of the SMP:

  • You can gain valuable experience and earn extra income while still in college.
  • You will be paid at the rate of at least a Sergeant E-5 for your Guard or Reserve service.
  • You'll receive the ROTC Advanced Course allowance as well.
  • You'll serve as an officer trainee in a Guard or Reserve unit and perform duties commensurate with the grade of second lieutenant.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be enrolled in college and have completed at least 30 credits.
  • You must have completed Basic and/or Advanced Individual Training.
  • You must be under 30 years of age by graduation. Waivers can be granted if you are under 39 years of age by graduation.
  • You must pursue an Army-approved academic major.
  • You must have a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • You must meet required physical standards.


  • Participating in the SMP program requires you to take ROTC classes, which demand a few hours of your time each week.
  • Upon graduation, you have an obligation to accept a commission and serve full-time in the Active Army, or part-time in either the Army National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve.

Selection Process:

  • Selection of winners is based on academic record, school officials' evaluations, extracurricular involvement, leadership, and athletics.
  • A great academic record and a high score on the physical aptitude exam are looked at favorably.

Note: The ROTC Contract that is agreed upon will determine a Cadet status. You are considered Non-Deployable during your time as an SMP Cadet!

Benefits vary between the Guard and the Reserves. For the most current benefits available, contact KU Army ROTC at 785-864-1113 or send an email.

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