Simultaneous Membership Program

Section I
Simultaneous Membership Program (09R)

References
a. Reserve Component Directorate SMP SOP
b. AR 145-1 ROTC Organization, Administration, and Training
c. AR 135-91 Service Obligations
d. SMOM 13-046 OSM Signature Authority on NGB Form 594-1
e. SMOM 14-022 Line or On-Campus Scholarship Conversion to GRFD/Dedicated ARNG
f. SMOM 14-031 SMP NGB Form 594-1
g. SMOM 17-001 SMP/OCS Enlistment Option
h. SMOM 17-008 Minuteman Scholarship

9-14. Simultaneous Membership Program
a. The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) is a voluntary officer training program designed to increase the number of ROTC officers available for Reserve Forces Duty. It provides an incentive to encourage enrollment and participation in the ROTC Advanced Course (MS III and MS IV). In addition, the ROTC/SMP program provides the future officer with ARNG experience.

b. Eligibility (NPS/PS) IAW SMOM 17-001 SMP/OCS Enlistment Option.

SMP / Potential SMP Processing. All SMP applicants must meet eligibility requirements listed in AR 601-210 Para 9-14 and the Reserve Component Directorate SMP SOP.

(1) Potential SMP/Participant (09R10) is an individual who is not contracted with ROTC or enrolled in the advanced course (MS III/IV). These applicants at a minimum must:

(a) Be a U. S. citizen.
(b) Meet age requirements IAW AR 601-210 Para 9-14e(5) and (6).
(c) Be enrolled in a full time regular course of instruction leading to a baccalaureate or advanced degree.
(d) Be enrolled in MS II, III or IV (MS I for Minuteman Scholarships / 3 or 4 year GRFD scholarship recipients).
(e) Have an AFQT of 31 or higher. A control number can be issued without the applicant completing the ASVAB.
(f) Must have a total score of 850 on the SAT (excluding writing sample), a score of 85 on the PSAT, a score of 19 on the ACT or obtain a waiver to use the GT portion of the ASVAB IAW AR 601-210 Para 9-14e(9). If ACT/SAT/PSAT scores are not annotated on the high school or college transcript, the official score sheet must be uploaded with the transcript. If ACT/SAT/PSAT is not available see waiver instructions below. Waiver requires GT of 110+ IAW AR 601-210 Para 9-14e(9).
(g) Must obtain a PMS Certification Memorandum which shows applicant will be enrolled in the Advanced Course.
(h) Must meet moral standards defined in NGR 600-100. Note: IAW AOC Para 9-14, under the SMP Enlistment Option, applicants who require civil conviction waiver IAW NGR 600-100, are not authorized to enlist until waiver is approved by NGB, ARNG-HRH-O.
(i) Must have a validated checklist HRR Form 200 and control number via GCRc workflow prior to enlistment.
(j) Obtain a Chapter 2 MEPS physical. The use of a DoDMERB physical is not authorized. The MEPS Chapter 2 physical is not required prior to request/receipt of the 09R control number.
(k) Must have a REQUEST reservation for BCT shipping within 270 days of enlistment.
(l) Must produce a minimum 200 word essay. See instructions below.

(2) Contracted Cadet/SMP (09R20) is an individual who is contracted with ROTC and has executed DA Form 597/597-3 with ROTC and NGB Form 594-1. These applicants must:

(a) Be a U.S. citizen.
(b) Meet age requirements in AR 601-210 Para 9-14e(5) and (6).
(c) Have an AFQT of 31 or higher. A control number can be issued without the applicant completing the ASVAB.
(d) Must have a total score of 850 on the SAT (excluding writing sample), a score of 85 on the PSAT, a score of 19 on the ACT or obtain a waiver to use the GT portion of the ASVAB per AR 601-210 Para 9-14e(9). IAW SMOM 17-055, if ACT/SAT/PSAT scores are not annotated on the high school or college transcript, the official score sheet must be uploaded with the transcript. If ACT/SAT/PSAT is not available see waiver instructions below. Waiver requires GT of 110+ IAW AR 601-210 Para 9-14e(9).
(e) Have completed DA Form 597 or DA Form 597-3 and NGB Form 594-1.
(f) Meet moral standards defined in NGR 600-100. Note: IAW AOC Para 9-14, under the SMP Enlistment Option, applicants who require civil conviction waiver IAW NGR 600-100, are not authorized to enlist until waiver is approved by NGB, ARNG-HRH-O.
(g) Obtain a Chapter 2 MEPS physical. The use of a DoDMERB physical is not authorized. The MEPS Chapter 2 physical is not required prior to request/receipt of the 09R control number.
(h) Have a validated checklist HRR Form 200 and control number via GCRc workflow prior to enlistment.
(i) Must produce a minimum 200 word essay. See instructions below.

(3) Processing.

(a) SMP applicants will be processed IAW SMOM 17-001. SMP enlistment standardization is needed to improve accession quality, packet completeness, and will aid in the accuracy of force shaping. All NPS SMP applicants must be fully processed at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and have a validated checklist (HRR Form 200) before REQUEST reservation and enlistment. Prior service applicants that require Basic Combat Training (BCT) must also process at the MEPS.

(b) Recruiters will complete the enlistment packet in Recruiter Zone (RZ) (100% complete) using HRR Form 200. The BN Operations NCO will QC the packet and submit a suitability workflow to NGB through GCRc. A notification will be sent to the BN Leadership, GCs, NCOIC and RRNCO approving, disapproving or requesting additional information. The OSM or designated representative (CPT or above) must read the applicant's essay (see below) and digitally sign the completed checklist if the essay is satisfactory. Battalion Operations must verify that all documents marked on the checklist are uploaded in their correct location in Recruiter Zone prior to submission for a control number. The HRR Form 200 must be uploaded into the OCS/SMP checklist folder. Processing may continue once the control number has been issued.

(c) Applicants enlisting into the SMP option must produce a 200 word minimum, handwritten and typed essay that exhibits their desire to become an officer. It must explain why the applicant wants to be an officer and their plan for completing MS II-IV and any required training (BCT/Advanced Camp). The essay must also include any extra curricular activities the applicant is involved in. This will fulfill the requirements in AR 601-210 Para 9-14e(8) and ensure that applicant and OSM have a mutual understanding of what is expected of the individual. The essay must be scanned under Handwritten and Typed Letter in ERM.

(d) Waivers for using GT scores for 09R applicants will be requested as part of the GCRc workflow when requesting a control number. Waiver requires GT of 110+ IAW AR 601-210 Para 9-14e(9). Battalion Operations will include the statement "Request waiver to use GT scores for applicant. SAT/ACT/PSAT scores are not available. Applicant has a GT score of xxx." No additional documentation will be required. IAW SMOM 17-055, the issuance of the control number grants the exception to use the GT score in lieu of the ACT/SAT/PSAT scores.

(e) MEPS guidance counselors will need to contact the REQUEST Operations Center (ROC) for an override prior to making a reservation for 09R. It is the responsibility of the MEPS guidance counselor to ensure that a control number is present in GCRc prior to contacting the ROC and that applicants are eligible for any incentives they receive.

(4) Enlistment Period. IAW AOC Para 9-14b(2), PS applicants must enlist for a minimum term of service of four years. NPS applicants must enlist for an eight-year term of service (minimum 4x4 option).

c. Personnel management. (IAW AOC)

(1) Reporting code 09R20 will be assigned when all provisions for acceptance into the SMP are fulfilled.
(2) SMP participants will be assigned as an officer trainee in a unit based on current or projected commissioned officer vacancies.
(3) A potential SMP not contracted with ROTC will have unit vacancy assignment of 09R1. Subsequently, they will be processed as a 09R1, which signifies they need to attend BCT. REQUEST will recognize the 09R1 and allocate a BCT slot during the reservation process. If an applicant is currently contracted with ROTC and is a non-scholarship cadet, they will be placed into a 09R20 vacancy. Although processed as a 09R1, REQUEST will not generate BCT for a 09R2 vacancy.
(4) SMP members who withdraws from the program or fails to be commission must enter IET within 120 days to remain a member of the ARNG. Soldiers will revert back to their former enlisted grade based on their original DD Form 4. The member must be deployable within 24 months (time starts the day the applicant is no longer in the SMP) or be discharged. Immediately discharge applicants that refuse to attend IET.
(5) Advance contracted SMP's to the grade of E-5 with title of Cadet.
(6) Upon completion of BCT or ROTC Basic Camp SMP's will be coded with a training status of "C" in SIDPERS.
(7) SMP applicants must follow operational guidance to obtain a control number from ARNG-HRR-O prior to enlistment.

d. Waivers. (IAW AOC)

(1) Waivers or exceptions to policy. In exceptional cases requests for waiver are considered. Request must include a recommendation from the unit Commander, TAG, and Commander, U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Command. An approved waiver of maximum age constitutes a waiver for enrollment in the Advanced ROTC Course, if required, and for appointment as a Reserve commissioned officer of the Army. See AR 145-1, Chapter 3, Section II for waiver processing requirements.
(2) Waiver authority: HQDA (DAPC-OPP-P).

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