Posted on Mar 15, 2016
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What happens during the time you are in Green to Gold? Like you are attending a school with ROTC and doing academics at the same time? do you have to do ROTC during that time? How do you choose what branch you go to next? Have you done it? Why, why not?
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You should really sit down at a G2G brief. There are 3 different programs with different requirements, pre-reqs, types of service during school, and outcomes after school.
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Tim McCoy
Tim McCoy
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When can you do a G2G briefing?
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Tim McCoy - you can attend one at your ed center
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COL Jon Thompson
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I am a Recruiting Operations Officer for an ROTC program in Iowa. To sum up what the others wrote, there are 3 paths for Green to Gold. In all of them, you pursue a degree and take the Military Science classes at a college/university that has ROTC or is partner with an ROTC program. First path is the scholarship route. This pays 100% of tuition and fees or $10K for room and board; book allowance and stipend. With this, you are discharged from enlisted service to contract into the ROTC program and then you are a college student on an ROTC scholarship. You do not get any pay and benefits from the Army other than your scholarship. These can be 2,3, or 4 year scholarships. The second option is the Active Duty Option where you have two years to complete your degree. With this, you remain on active duty while you go to school so you get the pay and benefits but then no scholarship benefits so you pay for college with other sources. The final option is the non-scholarship program which also requires you to complete your degree in two years. With this, you are discharged from the Army so you do not get any pay/benefits or scholarship dollars. With whatever path you go, you are a college student working towards your degree and a commission. Depending on what path you go can determine what branch you get. The second option guarantees active duty while the other two require you to compete for that. Feel free to message me for more specific information. Meanwhile, if you have not done so already, please look at http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/enlisted-soldiers.html.
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Ben Grinberg
Ben Grinberg
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Hello COL Jon Thompson,
I am not yet graduated from High school, could I enlist in ROTC for scholarship during college, and then go straight to Green to Gold afterwards?
If so, would there be any active service commitment?
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COL Jon Thompson
COL Jon Thompson
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Ben Grinberg - No. Green to Gold is for Soldiers that enlist active duty and meet all the requirements to apply for a Green to Gold program. Applying for the scholarship as a high school student is a completely different process. Green to Gold requires at least 2 years of active duty time. The high school scholarship would require you to go right into college after graduation.
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Juan Ocampo
Juan Ocampo
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Hello Sir,
What happens if you are doing the G2G program and for any reason you realize that you don't want to continue with it? Will you be released from the Army or what could happen?
Thank you
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COL Jon Thompson
COL Jon Thompson
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Juan Ocampo - I am not sure since I don't deal with a lot of green to Gold cadets. I would assume that it depends first on the type of program you would enter in. And also if you had some kind of military service obligation remaining. I would advise anyone to be sure this is what you want to do before going through the process. Take time to do your research and attend a local green to Gold briefing to speak with someone in person.
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To be eligible for Green to Gold, you have to fit the requirements, and you have to be accepted to a university with either its own ROTC program or be associated with one that does.

When you are accepted to G2G, school is your primary place of duty. You are required to maintain a minimum GPA, attend ROTC courses (Military Science), Leadership Labs, and PT. You are paid either at E-5 grade (if E-5 or below) or your current rank (if above E-5).

During the summer between your junior and senior years, you will go to what used to be called Advanced Camp. There you will do lots of field training and a huge part of your OML points will be earned there.

Your branch assignment is based off Army requirements, your wish list, and your place on the OML. Each year, branch selections go to West Point first, then ROTC, then OCS. So the higher your place on the OML, the better your branch choices will be.

I was in ROTC in college (1990-1992) but due to the drawdown at the time, I was denied a medical waiver. However, with the exception of Advanced Camp, I was allowed to complete the entire ROTC course without contracting.

Go to the Army website and look up the Green to Gold Program. There are scholarship and non-scholarship programs. The scholarships are more competitive, and thus harder to win. Good Luck!
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