Most ROTC Cadets at Jacksonville State University find it more financially beneficial to participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program or SMP. SMP Cadets work 16 hours per month drilling in either an Alabama National Guard unit or a U.S. Army Reserve unit nearby, earn drill pay at the pay grade of an E-5 (currently $247.00 per month), and gain valuable experience that they can put to use once they are commissioned as an Army Officer. Additionally, once commissioned, they actually receive a higher salary based on the years of experience they received in either the Alabama Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve.
The fact sheets below outline the financial benefits of SMP cadets. Cadets interested in the SMP program should first schedule a short interview with the Professor of Military Science at JSU to determine suitability and qualifications. Once approved for the SMP program, cadets may enlist in either the Alabama National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve with the specific intent to become SMP cadets.
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