Recipients will join either the U.S. Army Reserve or the Army National Guard upon graduation.
Minuteman/GRFD (Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty) Scholarships
Minuteman (4, 3, or 2 Year Scholarships): The four-year National Guard (NG) and Reserve option was initiated in 2015. There are limited allocations (4) per state and USAR Major Subordinate Command (MSC) and are awarded to the best qualified applicants. Although these scholarships were designed for soldiers currently serving in NG or Reserve units they can be awarded to candidates that are willing to serve once the scholarship is offered.
- Note: Receiving a nomination letter for a minuteman scholarship from your NG or Reserve representative is only the first step to winning the scholarship. You must complete the “Steps to follow for consideration of the GRFD scholarship” listed below to be considered for a scholarship award. Receiving an award letter from the Cadet Command Commanding General means you have an ROTC scholarship.
Two-Year and Three-Year GRFD Scholarships: The Two and Three-years GRFD scholarship can be awarded to soldiers currently serving in NG / Reserve units or an ROTC candidate willing to serve in the NG / Reserves while in school and after commissioning as an officer.
Steps to follow for consideration of the GRFD scholarship:
1. Complete the “ROTC Contracting Packet” and submit to your ROTC classroom instructor or ROTC recruiting officer.
2. Receive a nomination letter from your current NG/Reserve commander; those not currently serving must work through a local NG/Reserve recruiter to identify a unit commander is willing to accept them as a Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) candidate. A specific formatted letter is required for reserve soldiers (Letter of Acceptance).
- National Guard Recruiters: SSG Oullette (919) 622-2700 / SSG Berrian (919) 812-9265
- Reserve Recruiting Office: (919) 816-8350
3. Receive a signed SMP agreement from your respective unit commander.
- National Guard – NGB Form 594-1 (Dated March 2014)
- Reserve – Formatted Letter of Acceptance and a DA Form 4824-R (Dated April 2005)
4. Complete the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) medical examinations; you must be qualified for both.
5. Once approved the Cadet will sign the ROTC scholarship contract (DA form 597-3) and Enlistment contract (DD 4/1 & 4/2).
*Note: The Commander of U.S. Army Cadet Command is the final approving authority for the ROTC scholarship.Share this post