Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Kelsi, May 22, 2014.
Is the officer training for the Active Army the same as the NG/Reserves the same?
If you join AROTC the training is the same.
If your interested in the NG their are a couple choices, you can complete AROTC and then select the NG prior to commissioning. You can also join the NG and complete the same AROTC program while you drill once a month and 2 weeks per year, you would be a SMP cadet but would still receive the same training. SMP cadets can also compete for Active Duty.
The only path that requires NG/Reserves is if you accept a GRFD Scholarship which requires you to fulfill your service obligation in either the NG or Reserves.
No matter which path you select, the training is the same.
Thank you for that information.
Regarding regular, non-specific ROTC training in the Army; National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty typically attend the SAME training courses as blended student classes.
One possible exception would be state specific training limited to the National Guard. Some states have a commissioning program that is NG only as well.
The enlisted folks all attend the same basic, technical schools, etc.
After West Point or ROTC, officers all attend the same technical schools (flight training for example), again in blended classes (active duty, reserve national guard).
Air Force, same. I suspect Navy is similar except they have no ng component.
The thing to keep in mind is that if you go to West Point you won't be serving in the NG for at least 5 years after you graduate. In Army ROTC you can be a member of the Guard or Reserve while you are in college, and you can also choose to serve in the Guard or Reserves when you graduate, instead of serving on active duty.
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