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Green To Gold Non-Scholarship

The Green to Gold Two-Year Non-Scholarship Option Program is available to Soldiers who have completed two years of college, and who can complete their college degree requirements in two years.
  • A monthly stipend of up to 10 months each school year that increases each year based on your Military Science Class.
  • Pay for attending the Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) (formally Leader Development & Assessment Course LDAC) between the junior and senior years of college.
  • If qualified, Montgomery G.I. Bill (MGIB) benefits.
  • School / State / Reserve Forces Duty Benefits.

Green to Gold Non-Scholarship Option members can also participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). As SMPs, Soldiers are members of either a drilling Reserve or Guard unit and ROTC. SMPs are entitled to Reserve Component pay of E-5 under this program.

Also, many states offer tuition assistance to Reserve and National Guard Soldiers.

In addition to the financial incentives, Soldiers receive additional benefits as ROTC Cadets. These benefits include:

  • Leadership training
  • Responsibility and Practical Experience
  • Mentorship of the PMS/APMS
  • Camaraderie


  • Be a US Citizen
  • Have completed less than 10 years of Active Federal Service at the projected time of commission
  • Age - Under 30 years old on 30 June of the year you commission (waiverable)

AROTC Brigade Commander can grant waiver up to 32 years old

Cdr, USA Cadet Command can grant waivers up to 39 years old

HQDA can grant waivers up to 42 years old

  • Have a favorable recommendation from Chain of Command
  • Have an unconditional letter of acceptance from the college/university you plan to attend
  • Have an unconditional letter of acceptance from the Professor of Military Science at the college/university you plan to attend
  • Have completed two years of college and be accepted as an academic junior or two year master's degree program
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have a minimum GT score of 110
  • Have completed two year Time-in-service
  • Has fulfilled any Training Service Obligation
  • Be medically qualified by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB)
  • Have passed the APFT and achieved a minimum of 60 points in each event
  • Have no more than three dependents (including spouse) (waiverable)
  • Have no adverse adjudication (even if expunged or sealed), been arrested, indicted, or convicted by a civil court or military law for other than minor traffic violations (waiverable)