Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD)


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what is the minuteman Campaign?

The Minuteman Campaign is a U.S. Army Cadet Command initiative to offer Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) scholarships to candidates that self-select for service in a Reserve component. 


The GRFD scholarship provides full tuition and fees or room and board ($12,000 per year) for up to four years at a public or private school. This program provides well-trained officers to the Reserve Components and improves the total Army force. 

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 Minuteman Scholarship provides you an excellent opportunity.




GRFD contracted Scholarship Cadet can earn:

  • Full Tuition Fees - In / Out of State or Room/Board ($12K per year)
  • $1,200 a year book stipend
  • $420 ROTC Cadet stipend each month 
  • Earn E-5 drill pay upon contracting
  • CH 1606 if MOSQ  (*available with select scholarships)
  • SMP Kicker if MOSQ  (*available with select scholarships)

Types of Scholarships 

  • 4-year: Only awarded to incoming college freshmen attending a host ROTC program. Recipients must attend a State or public university. 
  • 3-year: Typically awarded to an incoming college sophomore. This scholarship pays up to 3 years of benefits provided the applicant successfully meets the requirements to contract. Awardees may attend any public, State or private university while enrolled in ROTC. ​
  • 2-year: This scholarship is awarded to incoming college juniors or Graduate students. This benefit will pay up to the last 2 years at a private, public or State university if awardee has successfully met the requirements to contract. 

Minuteman recipients also participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program, which gives them experience with an Army Reserve unit while earning additional income..


• 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
• Must be able to complete a valid Chapter 2 MEPS physical for enlistment
• Must be able to pass the Army Combat Fitness Test (required to sign contract and receive scholarship benefits)
• Must be in compliance with AR 600-9 body composition standards
• Official University/College acceptance letter
• Applicants require: 2.5 GPA, 4-year applicants must have an ACT/SAT 

• Must be able to participate in Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)
• Once commissioned applicants must complete an 8-year service obligation while actively drilling at a Unit

The applicant must be test/physically qualified – Qualified Not Enlisted (QNE) with MEPS. The applicant will not be required to swear-in until they have received a ROTC scholarship offer letter.

All nominees will be made aware that the scholarship they are accepting is a dedicated GRFD and CANNOT BE REVOKED to allow the applicant to compete for an active-duty commission.

All scholarship offers are subject to available funding.



Army Reserve Soldiers and those interested in the Minuteman Scholarship should contact an Army Reserve Ambassador using the link below. Nominations are required for all scholarship types.

Army Reserve Ambassador (ARA)

***Army Recruiters can also assist in obtaining a nominating resource. 

Find an eligible ROTC program that fits your career goals by visiting, 

ROTC Schools and Military Colleges |

The deadline for all Minuteman nominations is Sept. 1, 2024

  • Sept. 1, 2024 - The Minuteman Campaign will close for Fall 2024 Scholarships 
  • Dec. 1, 2024 - The Minuteman Campaign will close for Spring 2025 scholarships and close the campaign for the year. *By accepting the Minuteman Scholarship, a cadet is not eligible to compete for active duty.

For questions concerning the Minuteman Campaign, please email the 
GRFD Scholarship Minuteman Campaign manager or call 502-624-7695.

Army Reserve Ambassador Jim Bernet talks about the Minuteman Scholarship, and how he takes great joy in helping young adults pave the way for their future. The Army Reserve Minuteman Scholarship pays for your college education, while simultaneously trains you to be a future leader in the U.S. Army Reserve. For more information, visit: Video By Colton Huston

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