Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD)


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What is the Minuteman campaign?


What is the Minuteman campaign?

The Minuteman is a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) scholarship that provides full in-state tuition and fees, or up to $10,000 room and board between 2-4 years for eligible candidates. The Minuteman scholarship guarantees the candidate will commission into the USAR upon graduation with an eight-year service obligation.

If you are a high school senior interested in receiving an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and commissioning into the Army Reserve, the GRFD Scholarship Minuteman Campaign provides you an excellent opportunity.

The Minuteman campaign offers two types of 4 year scholarships.

  1. 4-year scholarship may only be awarded to incoming college freshmen attending a host ROTC program or a public university at resident rates.
  2. 3-year awarded to an incoming college sophomore that pays the last 3 years of benefits provided the applicant successfully meets the requirements to contract.
  3. 2-year awarded to an incoming college junior or graduate student that pays the last 2 years of benefits provided the applicant successfully meets the requirements to contract.

Scholarship recipients also receive a monthly stipend of $420, and a yearly book allowance of $1,200. In addition, Minuteman recipients participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program, which gives them experience with an Army Reserve unit while earning additional money for their service.

To get started, high school seniors should contact the Professor of Military Science or Recruiting Operations Officer at the Army ROTC program that serves their college or university. There are 275 host programs that cover nearly 3,000 schools across the United States.

If you are currently enrolled in an ROTC program without a scholarship, please contact your ROTC program for a campus-based GRFD scholarship.

To find a program that serves your college or university, go to For questions concerning the Minuteman Campaign, email USARMY Ft Knox USACC List Army Reserve ROTC Scholarships GRFD Scholarship Minuteman Campaign manager or call 502-624-7695.

Deadline for all nomination letters is 05 August 2022.



• Currently in the Army Reserve or eligible to enlist (meaning test and physically qualified but not sworn in)
• U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
• Between the ages of 17-28; cannot turn 31 by 31 December of the year of commissioning
• Valid Chapter 2 MEPS physical
• Able to pass a Cadet Command Fitness Assessment (required to sign contract and receive scholarship benefits)
• Be in compliance with AR 600-9 HT/WT standards
• Official University/College acceptance letter
• Applicants require: 2.5 GPA and SAT-850 or ACT-19
• Participate in Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
• Once commissioned…8-year service obligation



1.  Meet all scholarship qualifications (see above).

2.  Seek out a nomination memo from one of the following sources:

3.  Provide an official acceptance letter from the University/College you plan to attend to your Recruiter and nominating source. The school must be a host or be affiliated with an ROTC program.

4.  Inform the ROTC Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) at the university you plan to attend that you are pursuing a Minuteman scholarship.

5.  Once the ROO receives the nomination, the ROO will assist in building the scholarship request packet. You will require the following docs to submit with the application:

  • Nomination Letter for Minuteman Scholarship from an Army Reserve Ambassador (ARA), Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA), or USAR Major Subordinate Command (MSC) Commander.
  • DA 4824 USAR SMP Agreement
  • Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from Army Reserve unit
  • The local Army Recruiter and ROTC program ROO will assist you with obtaining or completing all the above-mentioned documents.

Also, it’s a requirement to have status (enlist) in the Army Reserve. While applying it’s only required to be eligible to enlist. That means the applicant must be test/phys. qualified – Qualified Not Enlisted (QNE) with the MEPS. The applicant will not be required to swear-in until they have received a ROTC scholarship offer letter.

*By accepting the Minuteman scholarship a cadet is not eligible to compete for active duty.




  • Receive full tuition and fees (in-state) or room and board ($10,000 per year) at the participating University of attendance
  • Receive Cadet stipend monthly ($420 Freshman-Senior)
  • Receive a book stipend of $1,200 annually ($600 per semester)



  • SMP with USAR unit and drill monthly and receive E5/CDT drill pay
  • Enroll in ROTC at University of attendance
  • Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA to accept the scholarship (if a current student) and 2.0 GPA to maintain scholarship eligibility
  • To find the Army ROTC program near you, go online to

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