Green to Gold Program

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HIP Pocket Scholarships

EARN WHILE YOU LEARN

 

The Army ROTC Green to Gold Division Commander's Hip Pocket Scholarship Program provides selected Soldiers the opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degree requirements and obtain a commission through participation in the ROTC Scholarship program. Each year Division Commanders can nominate deserving Soldiers for two-year Green to Gold scholarships. Units are encouraged to nominate Soldiers under their command who have exhibited the potential for further outstanding service to America and our Army as commissioned officers. The best way to ensure your deserving Soldiers have this opportunity is to encourage them to apply now! Interested Soldiers are encouraged to follow-up with their chain of command.

Interested Soldiers will need to download and complete the above application forms along with this Hip Pocket Guide checklist.

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Green to Gold Scholarship Option

A SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR YOU

 
  • Scholarships are awarded for two, three, or four years.
  • Soldiers with two years of college remaining to complete their degree are considered for two-year scholarships.
  • Soldiers with three years of college remaining to complete their degree are considered for three-year scholarships.
  • Soldiers without college credit who require four years to complete their degree are considered for four-year scholarships.

BENEFITS


Green to Gold Scholarship Option winners receive:

  • Tuition or room and board support.
  • Additional money for textbooks, supplies, and equipment.
  • A monthly stipend for up to 10 months each school year that increases each year based on your Military Science Class.
  • Pay for attending the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) between junior and senior years of college.
  • If qualified, Montgomery G.I. Bill / Army College Fund (MGIB/ACF) benefits.
  • Additionally, many colleges and universities offer incentives to scholarship winners. The Professor of Military Science (PMS) at your college of choice can provide further information on what is available at the school.

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

REQUIREMENTS


  • U.S. Citizen (non-waiverable).
  • Age - Be under 31 years of age on 31 December of the year you complete all requirements for a commission and a college baccalaureate degree. This is a statutory requirement and there are no waivers authorized.
  • Cannot have been convicted of a Domestic Violence Crime.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years Active Duty as well as 3 months of Active Duty for every one month of specialized training (waiver can be requested).
  • GT score of 110 or greater.
  • Pass the APFT within the last 6 months with score of 180 or higher, minimum of 60 points in each event.
  • Be a High School Graduate or equivalent.
  • Cumulative High School or College GPA of 2.5.
  • Letter of Acceptance to School of Choice offering Army ROTC.
  • Letter of Acceptance from the PMS of that Army ROTC Battalion.
  • Favorable National Agency Check (or have initiated the action).
  • DODMERB Medical Qualification.
  • Be eligible to Reenlist.
  • Not be a conscientious objector.
  • No more than 3 dependents including spouse (waiverable)

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Green to Gold Non-Scholarship Option

TWO YEARS TO OFFICERSHIP

 

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.


BENEFITS


  • 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 Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) between the junior and senior years of college.
  • If qualified, Montgomery G.I. Bill / Army College Fund (MGIB/ACF) 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

REQUIREMENTS


  • Age - Under 30 years old on 30 June of the year you commission (waivers can be granted)
    • PMS can grant waiver up to 32 years
    • For those over 32, waiver requests are forwarded to HQs, Cadet Command
  • Have a favorable recommendation from Chain of Command
  • Have Completed 2 years of College and be accepted as an Academic Junior
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale

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Green to Gold Active Duty Scholarship

EARN A DEGREE AND COMMISSION SERVING YOUR COUNTRY

 

The Green to Gold Active Duty Option Program is a two-year program which provides eligible, Active Duty enlisted Soldiers an opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree or obtain a 2-Year Masters Degree and be commissioned as an Army officer upon receiving the appropriate degree.


BENEFITS


  • Soldiers selected to participate in this program will continue to receive their current pay and allowances while in the program (up to a maximum of 24 consecutive months).
  • If qualified, Montgomery G.I. Bill / Army College Fund (MGIB/ACF) benefits.
  • Normal PCS entitlements
  • Leadership training
  • Responsibility and Practical Experience
  • Mentorship of the PMS/APMS
  • Camaraderie

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Enlisted Soldiers FAQ

YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, WE HAVE ANSWERS

 
  • Where do I enroll, and when?
    • You enroll in Army ROTC the same time you enroll in college. Army ROTC courses may be taken at more than 800 colleges and universities. Army ROTC is offered at 272 schools. The remaining schools are those with partnership agreements. At a partnership school, you take your academic course work at the college at which you earn your degree. You take your ROTC work at a "host" institution nearby.
  • Can I enroll in ROTC while on active duty?
    • There is a new Green to Gold Active Duty Option Program. If you meet the qualifications for this program, you may apply.
  • Can I apply for a 4-Year Green to Gold Scholarship if I already have some college credit?
    • Yes, as long as the college accepts you as an academic freshman and you have four years remaining in your course of study.
  • If I reenlist, how much time must I complete on my second enlistment?
    • There is no minimum requirement. If you are selected for the Green to Gold program, you may be released from active duty regardless of the amount of time remaining on your second enlistment.
  • Can I apply for a 2- or 3-Year Scholarship if I do not have the proper number of credit hours but expect to have them prior to Fall enrollment?
    • Yes. You must have a letter from the school that you wish to attend stating that you are conditionally accepted as an academic junior or sophomore contingent upon completing the required number of credit hours. If you win a scholarship, you are a conditional winner pending acceptance at the school. You must provide proof of the required number of credit hours and unconditional acceptance by the university prior to your discharge.
  • Can a Soldier who previously won an ROTC scholarship, and who was disenrolled from it, apply for a Green to Gold Scholarship?
    • No. Cadet Command Regulation 145-1 paragraph 9a clearly states that scholarship winners who disenroll for any reason are ineligible to re-compete in any ROTC scholarship program.
  • Can I take terminal leave with my early discharge?
    • No. Terminal leave cannot be taken in conjunction with early discharge IAW AR 600-200.
  • Where can I ship my household goods?
    • Your entitlement for the shipment of household goods is back to your home of record. If the cost to ship your goods to your school of choice is more than to ship it to your home of record than you will be responsible for the difference.
  • I understand that veterans are not required to take the freshman and sophomore level ROTC classes. Will I have to take these courses if I get a 3- or 4-Year Scholarship?
    • Yes, you will have to take these courses. As a scholarship winner you are a contracted cadet and must enroll in and successfully complete the basic course IAW the contract. As a 2-Year Scholarship winner or non-scholarship cadet your prior experience satisfies the basic course requirements.
  • I am in the Marines (or Navy or Air Force). Can I apply for a Green to Gold Scholarship?
    • No, the Army does not have authorization to discharge members of sister services therefore, members of sister services are not eligible for Green to Gold scholarships.

(TAKEN FROM THE ARMY ROTC MAIN WEBSITE, RET; 10FEB10)