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Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

GOT MONEY? In the ROTC program you can let us pay for your college while you get a jump start on your future.

You will be able to give back to your community and country, while receiving money for college. In some cases you may be able to have nearly all of your education expenses paid for. When you graduate ROTC you will be commissioned a Second Lieutenant, and in the national guard you will be able to serve in your own community.

The Army National Guard (ARNG) offers two types of ROTC scholarships. Civilians can apply for scholarships but must become a member of the GUARD.

  1. Army ROTC 2-year Guaranteed Reserve Force Duty (GRFD) Scholarship (Uncapped 100% Tuition, no $ limit).
  2. Army ROTC 2, 2.5 and 3-year Advance Designee Dedicated ARNG (DedARNG) Scholarship (Uncapped 100% Tuition, no $ limit). Cadets under DedARNG scholarship cannot use the MGI Bill 1606 0r 1607 benefits, where as it is permissible with the GRFD scholarship.

GRDF and DedARNG Scholarship information

Request scholarship application be submitted NLT 01 April of each year, but we will keep awarding GRFD and DedARNG scholarships until funds are exhausted.

The GUARD will also convert Camp Based ROTC Scholarship to a GRDF scholarship, but the cadet must submit a CC FORM 226-R, before the Army branching board is held.

Cadets participating in GRFD and DedARNG scholarships must participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) in a GUARD unit. However, to participate in the SMP, a Cadet does not need to participate in a GRFD and DedARNG scholarships.



  1. Army National Guard Scholarship = 100% Tuition (No $$ Limit). What ever the college tuition is. Whether you're a college-bound high school student or already attending a college or university, New York Army National Guard (NYARNG) through ROTC has scholarships available. If you meet the minimum standards listed in GRFD/DedARNG Scholarship Application Booklet. 3 year DedARNG Scholarship can be awarded/Guarantee to high school students.
  2. ROTC Book and Fee allowance.
  3. ROTC Stipend pay (Living Expenses). Once contracted in a GRFD or DedARNG Scholarship or Non-GRFD Scholarship contract you will also be provided monthly living allowances for each school year. You can earn certain amounts depending on your level in the Army ROTC curriculum.
  4. The Army National Guard Kicker - Supplement to the Montgomery G.I. Bill. Only available under GRFD scholarship or Non-scholarship applicants and must hold a valid Army enlisted MOS (E.g., BCT & AIT qualified).
  5. NY Army National Guard ROTC Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). The best leadership apprentice program going! Battle assemble pay as E5/SGT plus Annual Training and Non-deployable until completion of college and Officer Basic Course (BOLC II & III). You will work in a real Army National Guard unit under a supervisor of an assigned officer/mentor. SMP provides real leadership training that enhances teamwork and decision making skills, builds friendships and camaraderie that last a life time, improves your physical fitness and above all the most fun you will have in college.

    Benefits of SMP:

    1. Receive two years of Army service credit towards pay and retirement.
    2. Work real missions and help your community and country immediately.
    3. Allows you to work Additional Duty Special Work (ADSW) to earn extra cash.
    4. Allows you to support State Emergency Missions to earn extra cash.
    5. Allows you to start your civilian career and military career at the same time. Best of both worlds.
  6. NYS Tuition Assistance. Available to all NYARNG members in good standing. Allows you to use your GRFD or DedARNG Scholarship for room/board and campus meals.
  7. Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill. Had to serve on active duty minimum of 2 years and paid into CH 30 MGIB.
  8. Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve GI Bill. Available to all soldiers in the NYARNG once they complete Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advance Individual Training (AIT). Verified by being awarded Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) code. Note: You cannot receive CH 1606-Selective Reserve GI Bill if you are awarded a 3 year DedARNG Scholarship IAW current federal laws.
  9. Chapter 1607 GI Bill Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) . Available to NYARNG Soldiers who have been mobilized since 9/11.
  10. Enhanced TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) Program (Health insurance)
  11. Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) towards your 1st professional degree ($4,500.00 yr)
  12. Thrift Saving Plan (TSP)



The Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC) is an experience unlike any other. As a cadet, your leadership skills will be challenged every day as you are provided with the tools, training and knowledge necessary to becoming an effective officer in the Army National Guard.

Through a comprehensive curriculum of leadership and military courses, you will gain first hand experience on what is takes to excel in today's National Guard environment. You will learn to lead and to inspire, to motivate groups, and to conduct both combat and disaster relief missions.

Upon graduating from ROTC, you will receive your commission as a Second Lieutenant, signified by a gold bar that shows you have earned the right to be a leader.

(Also called Leadership Development Course)

The ROTC Basic Course takes place during your first two years in college. It normally involves one elective class or lab each semester. Here you will learn basic military skills and the fundamentals of leadership, laying the groundwork for you to become an effective leader in the National Guard.


All contracted ROTC cadets will attend the Leader Development course, taken between the college junior and senior years, teaches advanced military skills while assessing the cadet's ability to perform in a position of leadership prior to entering the Advanced Course.


Whether you're a college-bound high school student or you're already attending a college or university, you may qualify for a scholarship that will pay your fully tuition and fees or your room and board, whichever you choose.

ROTC Scholarship Programs

Benefits at a glance:

  • National Guard Scholarship - Pays up to 100% of college tuition - nearly $20,000 over four years
  • Montgomery G.I. Bill - Monthly stipend of up to 309 for college expenses - about $11,000 over three year period
  • The Army National Guard Kicker - Supplement to the Montgomery G.I. Bill, pays an additional $350 per month in living expenses - up to $12,600 over 36 months

Short on funds? Don’t Let That Shortchange Your Higher Education

That’s why many young people today are enlisting in the New York Army National Guard. In exchange for helping their country and community, the Guard helps its members get the education they want. The Guard helps pay tuition and other expenses such as books and room and board. Depending on the college you choose, the Guard great education benefits cover up to 100% of your college expenses.

PUT More Money in Your Pocket

The Army National Guard offers more than just monthly paycheck. Our wide array of bonuses and incentives can put extra money in your wallet - Thousands of dollars, in fact.

Below are a few examples. Eligibility requirements apply. Ask your local recruiter for details about these and other Guard Bonuses

  • Up to $20,000 Bonus - for enlistments
  • Up to $20,000 Bonus - for choosing certain MOSs (Jobs) or entering designated units

The NY Army National Guard is Unique

  • Unlike the other military service, with the Guard you’ll often train and serve near your hometown
  • With over 350 units in New York, there’s probably a Guard unit close to your home

For more information, talk to an Officer Strength Manager or Enlisted recruiter.

NY National Guard Education Center, AKO login required. For the most current information and guidance on how to maximize your education benefits for members of New York National Guard soldiers

NY Army National Guard Education Services. Find the education program that's right for you.

ROTC 2 year GRFD Scholarships. Full Tuition, No $$ Limit. For students entering their junior year of college enrolled in a bachelor degree program or enrolled in a Master degree or law degree program if they have only two years remaining until they graduate. Must become a member of the guard

ROTC 2, 2-1/2, and 3 Year DedARNG scholarships. Full Tuition, No $$ Limit. There is no limit to the number of scholarships given out each year in New York State. Must become a member of the National Guard and enrolled in a bachelor degree program. Non-deployable while in school

The Student Loan Repayment Program for Guard Soldiers. Available to new enlistments and NY National Guard soldiers for pre-existing, federal loans. Up to $50,000

State Tuition Assistances’ called: Recruitment Incentive & Retention Program (RIRP) is a New York State program designed to recruit and retain quality NY National Guard members. This competitive program will pay the cost of tuition up to a maximum of $4,350 per calendar year for eligible qualified soldiers.

Army National Guard (ARNG) Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) Program. Each soldier can received up to $4,500.00 within a fiscal year (1 Oct - 30 September).

College Credit for Military Training: Convert military learning experiences to college credit with this computed-generated military transcript.

Policy on students who are called to active military duty

Other Financial Aid and Scholarships for National Guard soldiers. Please check websites for eligibility and the most updated information:

August 2007 - DANTES Code 10K

Need a Lift? * - College Financial Aid Handbook Contains Section called Educational Benefits for Veterans & Dependents$3.95American Legion National Emblem Sales P. O. Box 1050 Indianapolis, IN 46206 1-888-453-4466 (toll-free)
Student Guide to Federal Financial Aid** Free on-line at: Student Aid Information Center P. O. Box 84 Washington, DC 20044-0084 1-800-433-3243 (toll-free)
Managing the Price of College Free on-line at: Publications Center P.O. Box 1398 Jessup, MD 20794-1398
* Education centers order free from DANTES, Stock # 2402 - Limit: 200 per year
** Education centers order free from DANTES, Stock # 2405 - Limit: 500 per year


Horatio Alger
Scholarships for Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Programs
(Scholarships, Loans, Spouse TA, etc.)
NMCRS Education Division
801 N. Randolph Street, Suite 1228
Arlington, VA 22203-1978
703-696-4960 or DSN: 426-4960
Army Emergency Relief Spouse Ed. Assistance Program
Air Force Aid Society Education Grant
Air Force Club Membership Scholarship Program
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
(Members can be active duty, Reserve, or retired personnel
of Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard) Web site:
Click on “FAQ’s,” scroll down to “FRA Scholarships”
FRA Scholarship Program
125 N. West Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2529
1-800-FRA-1924 (toll-free)
Military Officers Association of America list/serv_education/index.htm
MOAA Educational Assistance Information
201 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2529
Defense Commissary Agency/Fisherhouse Foundation Scholarships for Military Child 1-888-294-8560
DoD Educational Activity (DODEA)
Various Financial Aid Resources
For children of Federal employees & military members Aid/FinancialAid.htm
National Military Family Association
Resource center for spouses/children of US servicemembers
Sara's Hope - It's a Wonderful World Charitable Foundation
Offers annual scholarships to high school students who
perform random acts of kindness
Homefront America
The American Patriot Freedom Scholarship Award (funded by Sara's Hope) for military dependent children of active duty retirees, and disabled/fallen servicemembers


ROTC offers you real rewards. You will form friendships that will last a life-time, and your training will benefit you throughout your military and civilian career paths. In addition to the high-level leadership training and communication skills, you can receive the financial assistance necessary to earn a college degree. Below are just a few of the tangible rewards you can receive as a leader in the Army National Guard.

  • A monthly paycheck
  • 100%Tuition Assistance to cover tuition costs and fees, not to exceed ($4,500 per fiscal year (1 October - 30 September)
  • The Montgomery G.I. Bill, which pays up to $11,124 for college (or other approved technical training)
  • The Army National Guard G.I. Bill Kicker, which pays officers up to $12,600 for college (or other approved technical training)
  • Tax-free shopping and recreational privileges on military bases
  • Free space-available travel on military aircraft
  • Free academic testing
  • Low-cost life insurance

To find out more about how you can become an officer and a leader in the Army National Guard, contact your local Guard Officer Strength Manager or Reserve Career Counselor today.

ROTC Accessions (Branching) Process for MSIV (Seniors)

All ROTC CDTs wishing to be assigned Army National Guard must have a valid, signed Letter of Acceptance (LOA) for the Active Duty and Reserve Duty Branching Board. Those without a LOA will assigned to the US Army Reserve and branch based on the needs of the Army Reserve. A copy of the LOA must be submitted to State Officer Strength Manager (OSM) & ROTC Professor of Military Science (PMS).

New York ROTC Schools

Plattsburgh State ROTC
101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901
School Website:

2Lt Anthony Migliore
(518) 564-2773
(518) 534-1827 (Cell)

Membership Schools: SUNY Adirondack Community College, Clinton Community College, University of Vermont (Host school)

Siena College Army ROTC
515 Loudon Rd, Loudonville, NY 12211-1462
School Website:

CPT Richard Powell

Membership Schools: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University at Albany, Union College, College of St Rose, Marist College, Russell Sage College, Albany Law School, Albany College of Pharmacy, Skidmore, SUNY at Oneonta

Clarkson University Army ROTC
PO Box 5875 (Holcroft House), Potsdam, NY 13699-5875

Phone: 315-265-7705/2180

Membership Schools: Saint Lawrence Univ, Potsdam State College

SUNY at Brockport Army ROTC
Cooper Hall, 350 New Campus Dr, Brockport, NY 14420-2914

Phone: 585-395-2249/2769

Canisius Army ROTC
Department of Military Science 2001 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14208

Phone: 716-888-3239/2769

Membership Schools: D'Youville College, Daemen College, Medaille College, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Hilbert College

Cornell Army ROTC
101 Barton Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-1701

Phone: 607-255-5663/4006

Membership Schools:Elmira College, Ithaca College, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Cortland, Wells College

Fordham Army ROTC
441 East Fordham Rd, Faculty Memorial Hall, Rm. 130, Bronx, NY 10458-9993

CPT Brian Clark

Membership Schools:New York City Army ROTC at Fordham University is available to students at most four year colleges and universities located in the New York Metropolitan area and Lower Hudson Valley.

Hofstra Army ROTC
265 Physical Fitness Bldg (2nd Fl) Hempstead, NY 11549-1000

Phone: 516-463-5648/5311

Membership Schools:SUNY Stony Brook, Dowling College, Adelphi University, New York Institute of Technology (Westbury and Central Islip), SUNY College at Old Westbury, Suffolk Community College, Nassau Community College, St. Joseph's University (Long Island Campus), SUNY Farmingdale

Army ROTC at Marist College
POC: Major John B. McBride

Phone: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2814

Niagara Falls Army ROTC
PO Box 2024, Niagara University, NY 14109-2024

Phone: (716) 286-8235/8230

Membership Schools:Buffalo State College

16 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rm A211, Rochester, NY 14623-5603

Phone: 585-475-5547/2882

St. Bonaventure Army ROTC
West State Road, Route 417, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

Phone: 716-375-2568/2565

St. Johns Army ROTC
Military Science Department 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, New York 11439

Phone: 718-990-2744/2750

Membership Schools:Queens College, College of Staten Island, Pace University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Brooklyn college, City College, City University of NY, State University of NY

Syracuse Army ROTC
308 Archbold North, Syracuse, NY 13244

Phone: 315 443-8233/1781


What makes the National Guard different from other branches of the military is its unique duel mission. The GUARD is called to serve both country and our communities. In the wake of natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, or wildfires, the Governor has the option to call out the NY Army National GUARD to assist with the relief effort in affected communities. This is why American public knows it’s not a real emergency until they hear the GUARD has been activated. Then they know it’s really bad.

Founding Fathers - When American’s founding fathers authorized the documents that gave birth to the new republic, they strongly held that few institutions are more important than a well-regulated militia (The GUARD). Large standing armies, they believed, could become instruments of tyranny. According to the consensus, it would be better to rely on volunteer citizen-soldiers to take up arms. Signers of the Constitution enshrined the right of individual states to raise and maintain their own home guards, and local militia become a bedrock of good government and vital instruments for preservation of American Liberty.

Since then, the concept of the GUARD has grown to what it is today. The Army National Guard is an elite group of warriors who dedicate a portion of their time to serving their nation. Each state has its own Guard, as required by the Constitution-in fact, it is the only branch of the military whose existence is actually required by the Constitution.

The GUARD first and foremost responsibility will be protecting and defending American interests. This may mean deployment out of state or overseas. If they’re called up, they'll be ready. There is a long and noble history of the National Guard serving at home and abroad to ensure the safety and freedom of their fellow citizens. They have combated natural disasters, supported regular Army troops and, when called upon, born arms against their nation’s enemies.

Since 1636, the GUARD has brought glory and honor upon itself and its soldiers through quiet and selfless service. It’s being a part of a noble tradition of service extending back almost 400 years. It means you become a member of the best trained, best equipped, and most respected military force in history. It means you will make a difference. Do you think you have what it takes to be a member of this select group?


Being an Officer in the NYARNG means you’re a leader, a counselor, a strategist and a motivator. It’s similar to being a vital manager in a corporation. As an officer, you will lead other soldiers in all situations (Wars, fires, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters) and adjust in environments that are always changing. Living up to the motto: ALWAYS READY, ALWAYS THERE!

ROTC Early Commissioning Program

State-Sponsored Military Academies: Where being a member of the GUARD you can be awarded a 2 year GRDF Scholarship and/or 2, 2.5, or 3 year DedARNG Scholarship, if qualified. Note: DedARNG scholarships are available for civilians, but must join the GUARD to receive scholarships and benefits.

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