Posted on Jul 14, 2020
SPC Bradley Dixon
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What is the process on becoming an SMP cadet within the USAR? Any guidance or direction would be helpful, thanks.
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LTC Eugene Chu
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Talk to the recruiting officer at the ROTC unit of the university that you want to attend. He/she will have information on how to enroll into program.
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This is good information, and you'll need documents from both sources before all is said and done.

I did this from 2016-2018 before commissioning in 2018. The whole process basically began by reaching out to the ROO, who guided me through a checklist of forms he sent me, which ultimately ended up as the packet to become an SMP Cadet and get everything taken care of.
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COL Jon Thompson
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I am a Recruiting Operations Officer at an ROTC program. You need to schedule a visit with whomever is my counterpart at the school with the ROTC program. Each program does things a little differently so the ROO can tell you the specifics of how it works at that program. SMP is essentially a 3-way agreement. You have to want to become an officer, your unit commander agrees to take you on as an ROTC SMP cadet, and the Professor of Military Science has to agree to the same thing. The last one is why visiting the program is so important. I do not recommend anyone to become an SMP cadet without meeting face to face. Each program looks at prospects in terms of being scholars, athletes, and leaders so you want to make sure you are strong in those areas. At my school, unless they are coming in as a junior, I recommend they try ROTC for at least a semester before they make a decision. That also gives the program cadre some time to assess your leadership potential. But again, how I do it will be different from other schools. So stop in an see the program's ROO ASAP. Good luck and PM me directly if you have other questions.
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I definitely will do, sir! Thank you!
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Does it matter how many semesters you have remaining in college, as far as when you are able to contract? I've heard different things, some say you can't contract if you have more than 6 semesters remaining. I'm NG already taking military science courses, but have 7 semesters remaining. I didn't start school until January 2020.
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In most cases, you cannot contract as a freshman. To do that, you need to have a 4-year scholarship through either the National High School process or a Minuteman scholarship. So the earliest you can contract is as a sophomore. Based on what you told me, you would have to wait until January 2021 as the earliest you could sign a contract.
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COL John McClellan
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Apply to a college with an ROTC program and get accepted. Then as MAJ Chu recommended - start talking to the ROTC Department about SMP! If you already have college credits, and/or you are already in the USAR and have attended basic training, you may be able to enter ROTC in the "advanced Course" for Junior-Senior years (2 years) only. If you are starting from scratch, you can enter as a Freshmen, start ROTC, and then apply for SMP. Good luck!
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