Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

National Guard soldiers in the field

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) Cadets will:

  • Assist leaders in their Army National Guard (ARNG)/United States Army Reserve (USAR) unit and get hands-on management and leadership training
  • Attend weekend drill/annual training
  • Get paid as an E-5; wear cadet rank at training (cadet 2nd Lieutenant)

In State Tuition

If you're a member of the Maryland National Guard or on active duty, you may be eligible for in-state tuition.

To apply you will need to complete the Petition for Change in Residency Status available at

You must submit all paperwork no later than the first day of classes in the semester for which in-state status is sought.


  • Eligible to federal (ARNG and USAR) and state (ARNG only) tuition assistance
    • In order to use these benefits, SMP cadets must be non-scholarship or using their scholarship towards Room and Board
  • Eligible for in-state tuition
  • Eligible for training opportunities and school slots from both the ROTC program and ARNG/USAR
  • Eligible for Guard Recruiting Assistance Program benefits
  • Eligible for Montgomery GI Bill benefits, if the SMP cadet completed basic training
  • Eligible to all applicable ARNG/USAR benefits of a service member

Cadets can participate in SMP and still access into Active Duty, although there are some limitations


  • At least sophomore status
  • Eligible to contract in the ROTC program
  • Eligible for enlistment in the ARNG/USAR

Enlisted Soldiers who are eligible to contract in the ROTC program can also participate in SMP

For more information contact:
National Guard ROTC Liason
2100 Reckord Armory, College Park, MD 20742