New Member
Jan 2, 2020
This is my first time posting here so I'm not sure the proper protocol per se, but I've been a browser for months trying to find answers to all of my questions. I finally have a stumper. I was offered admittance and full 4 year scholarship in the ECP, or early commissioning program via application to ROTC. this would require me to do the first 2 years at a military junior college and graduate from there as a second lieutenant, after which I would continue on to complete the next two years of my Bachelor's at a 4 year institution on the army's dime.
This was not exactly, what I was hoping for when I signed up for ROTC. I wanted the physical discipline and leadership training while also having the traditional college experience, including the ability to network and intern for all four years, which is very important to me. from my understanding I would not be able to really do that at all if I attended one of the four MJCs, or military junior colleges, that I would have to attend for the first 2 years.
So, I'm looking into the National Guard Minuteman scholarship.
My first question is, would pursuing the NGMM scholarship in any way negate my ECP offer? I plan to accept that if I do not receive the NGMM scholarship, so I'd like to keep that as a backup plan.
Secondly, I was given DD form 1966 by my recruiter for my parents to sign. they are both extremely apprehensive to sign it due to the wording of the last page. They believe the "consent for enlistment" clause would require me to enlist regardless of whether or not I receive the MM scholarship. From my understanding DD 1966 is only giving consent to complete MEPS and take the ASVAB, and to actually enlist I would have to sign DD form 4(which would be after receipt of a scholarship offer), is that correct?
Thank you in advance :)

here is a link to the pdf of the 1966: https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/forms/dd/dd1966.pdf
Contact one of the ROO's at the schools you listed on your AROTC Scholarship application, even better the school where you interviewed. Ask them these same questions and get information about the different scholarship options including ECP and the Minuteman. Don't sign anything from a recruiter, I can't stress that enough, until you have all the information you can get from those that understand the AROTC Scholarship process.

Remember that accepting a Minuteman Scholarship means that you will not be considered for Active duty and will be required to fulfill your Army obligation in either the Reserves or NG.
I visited a recruiter on Friday to discuss both the ECP and SMP programs and was also given this form to fill out. It's an enlistment form and if you're under 18 your parents must consent to your enlisting. There is no consent required by your parents to take the ASVAB.