sittingcadetThe Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows you to participate in Army ROTC and serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. It gives you an opportunity for additional training and experience. Cadets serve as Officer trainees in the Reserve or National Guard while completing college. You can earn Reserve/Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.

SMP Cadets:

  • Are full-time college students who are enlisted (or planning to enlist) in the National Guard or Army Reserves
  • Participate in all ROTC classes and training
  • Are assigned to Officer Trainee positions in their ARNG or USAR units and get hands-on leadership training
  • Attend weekend drill each month and two weeks of annual training each summer with their ARNG or USAR unit
  • Continue to receive all pay, allowances, bonuses and benefits provided by the ARNG or USAR in addition to any ROTC incentives
  • Are paid as a Sergeant (E-5) for their drill and annual training
  • Wear cadet rank at training (instead of their enlisted rank)

Upon completing the ROTC program and graduation, SMP cadets are commissioned as Second Lieutenants and their previous enlistment contracts are terminated. At this point SMP participants have the same range of options all other ROTC cadets, including options for Active Duty, National Guard, or Army Reserves service; over a dozen career fields to choose from; and choice of duty location.


  • Federal (ARNG and USAR) and State (ARNG only) tuition assistance
  • In-state tuition rates
  • May compete for Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) scholarships (see Scholarships tab)
  • Training opportunities and schools (Airborne, Air Assault, etc.) from both the ROTC and ARNG/USAR
  • Eligible for Guard Recruiting Assistance Program benefits
  • Montgomery GI Bill benefits (upon completion of Basic Training)
  • Eligible for all applicable ARNG/USAR benefits of a service member

Participating in the SMP does not limit your choices as a future officer. SMP cadets can serve as Active Duty officers, stay in their current components (ARNG or USAR), or switch from ARNG to USAR (or vice versa). They cannot keep their current MOS, since they will be commissioned officers, but can stay in the same career field if they desire--or they can pick an entirely different field.



  • Sophomore status and enrolled as a full-time student
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA
  • Eligible to contract into the ROTC program
  • Eligible for enlistment in the ARNG or USAR 

For more information about the Simultaneous Membership Program contact:

Dr. Joseph Hasper  SSG Maurice Knight   
 (717) 477-1896 or (717) 476-7041 or   

Upcoming Events 

Officer-Ship Seminar
November 7, 2015
Grove Hall 101 ("Grove Forum")
For HS juniors and seniors    
Click here to register

High School Scholarship Application Deadline
January 10, 2016
Online Application at GoArmy.Com

ROTC Christmas Social
December 3, 2015
Cadets: see your platoon leaders for details

For Information:

Dr. Joseph Hasper
ROTC Enrollment Officer
Wright Hall 207

1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Telephone: 717-477-1896
Fax: 717-477-1783

Request Info Here!

Current Cadets:
For pay, contract, and travel issues contact:
Mr. Byron Stouffer
Wright Hall 206

For uniform or equipment issues contact:
Mr. Rodney Oberbroeckling
Wright Hall 018

Army Links - Official Homepage of the US Army - Learn more about Army ROTC

Army Reserve - All about the Army Reserves

National Guard - Official website for Pennsylvania Army National Guard