Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

The requirements of being an Army Cadet in college are well above and beyond what typical college students experience, but the rewards are great and the profession highly respected and honored.

Upon receiving your chosen degree and completion of all pre-commissioning requirements, you earn the rank of Second Lieutenant and the distinction of being a leader, prepared to lead America's sons and daughters.


Missouri State University Army ROTC SMP program enables qualified students who possess a minimum of 30 credit hours toward their degree and a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA to be an ROTC cadet simultaneously with the Army National Guard or Army Reserves.


Contracted cadets hold the pay-grade of a Sergeant (E-5) in their Guard or Reserve unit and serve as officer trainees under the supervision and guidance of a commissioned officer. Pay for one weekend of drill per month is approximately $288 per monthly drill (2012 pay rate.) Additionally, contracted SMP cadets receive the following ROTC subsistence allowance depending on academic year:

  • $350 – Sophomores
  • $450 – Juniors
  • $500 – Seniors

Total financial benefits

  • $9,000 possible in both Federal and State tuition assistance (TA) (paid directly to the educational institution); Federal TA is $4,500 year and Missouri Army National Guard members can receive up to an additional $4,500. (Some private schools do not qualify for State TA; check with MSU Army ROTC for more information).
  • $288 - SMP Drill Pay (<2yrs service before taxes; 2012 pay rate)
  • $350-$500 - ROTC Stipend (See above)
  • $356 - G.I. Bill (Chapter 1606 Reserve/ARNG Rate) or
  • $1,473 - G.I. Bill (Chapter 30 if previously served 3+years on Active Duty)
  • $350 - G.I. Bill ROTC Kicker (If qualified)


Dependent on availability through the Army National Guard or Army Reserves. Contracted SMP ROTC cadets are non-deployable and must complete their degree and agree to accept an officer’s commission.

Assignment as an SMP cadet in a National Guard or Reserve unit is dependent on unit approval; numerous National Guard and Reserve units exist in the Springfield regional area. Under SMP, the cadet and Army National Guard or Army Reserve mutually benefit – the cadet gains valuable troop time and experience as an officer trainee, and the United States Army receives a better trained, better prepared Second Lieutenant.