Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) Benefits

*** Incentives/programs can change due to legislation/funding ***

Note: ROTC Cadets can participate in this program once contracted-at the beginning of the sophomore year.  If someone wants to take advantage of these benefits and even more, they can join the NG/Reserves before/during the freshman year – inquire about the College 1st Program

  • Gain additional experience - SMPs are non deployable! SMP is better than ROTC scholarships even if you want active
  • Basic Training and/or AIT is not required but many Cadets attend one or both schools before becoming an SMP
  • Monthly drill pay = Sergeant (E5) pay (roughly $255 per weekend drill = $3,060 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 undergraduate or graduate studies.  Reserves (USAR) pays upon contracting with ROTC or after completion of basic training – NC National Guard (NG) pays the day you first sign up and does not require basic training.  NC NG provides In-state tuition rates the day you sign up (waiver must be given to school before classes begin) – Reserves after AIT.  With both, you must submit your TA forms by the deadlines in order to receive the TA for the next semester
  • NC NG provides an additional $5,396 a year of State TA ($6,692 for graduate) in addition to Federal TA
  • Your time as an SMP counts towards active duty pay years and Reserve/NG retirement years and pay years– this is a huge benefit.  Example-if you serve three years as an SMP and go active, you will make more money than someone who took an ROTC scholarship while in school and for the rest of your career as well.  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 $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 (most branches/branches change yearly) bonus for Cadets after BOLC III if you choose GRFD
  • 2 yr GRFD ROTC scholarships (USAR or NC NG) are limited/competitive.  3 yr and 2 year Dedicated NG/GRFD 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 = a full ride!  You must be under 31 by your date of commissioning for these scholarships unlike the other ROTC scholarships = 26
  • Up to $20,000 in student loan repayment if the loans were before you joined the Guard and you go GRFD
  • There is a new $350 monthly kicker for all who complete AIT – GRFD or not
  • The NG now lets all (good PT score, PMS approval…) SMPs go to Air Assault school on their way to or from LDAC – GRFD or not and even MSII’s can go
  • In the NC NG, you can lock in your branch (most branches) of choice during your MS III year – you choose and get it
  • The NC NG has Special Forces, Infantry,… = unlimited ability for Airborne/Air Assault/Ranger…
  • ROTC (Cadets desiring active duty) scholarships can be exchanged for ROTC GRFD/Dedicated 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 go to AIT you get a $317 per month GI BILL) and $350 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 (Nationwide GI Bill and kicker questions - Doug Boyd 501-212-4933)
  • GRFD Cadets get a guaranteed interview with their choice of Fortune 500 Companies with the new PAYS program
  • If you have an ROTC weekend training event the same weekend (and sometimes even the same month) as your unit training weekend, ROTC takes precedence and you also normally get paid for both
  • The new NG College First Program allows you to attend paid Basic Training/AIT, obtain a $10,000 bonus (must pay back if you contract with ROTC before serving 1 yr in MOS) while, ensuring you are non deployable as long as you contract with ROTC within 2 years-this is a great option for anyone who is looking for extra $/experience
  • The NG also provides a $2,000 incentive for every time you input a name of someone else who joins the enlisted ranks
  • $3,000+ GRAP - O (Guard Recruiting Assistance Program - Officers) for recruiting friends that end up commissioning and you get $50 for simply signing up online at www.guardrecruitingassistant.com – call 888-291-6004 for more details
  • SMPs get to have more opportunities and choices while in college, experience real unit training and have fun 
  • All GI Bills can be used with GRFD Scholarships – only the Active Duty GI Bill (Ch 30) with Dedicated NG scholarships so, the limited GRFD scholarships (can be used toward room and board) are only good for 2 years and only more appealing to individuals who have the Reserve/NG GI Bill-1606/ 7(prior deployed) 
  • Camaraderie, Service, Life Experience, Pride, Paid Training, Life/Dental/Health Insurance, Vacation Discounts, Business Discounts, base shopping, free flights, and so much more…

*** Incentives/programs can change due to legislation/funding ***